Please note: FOP will not be conducting site-based trips in 2021. For an updated description of 2021 programming, see the "Program Overview" Tab. The following information decribes the usual breadth of FOP site-based trips in non-pandemic years.
Our site-based trips stay primarily in one location for the duration of the trip as opposed to travelling to camp at new location each day. Through a variety of activities, site-based trips allow FOPpers to fully explore one area while also spending time building connections with each other and reflecting about the transition to college. We offer two types of site-based trips:
Site-based Service trips camp in one location and spend 3 days performing trail work service nearby. Service projects in the past have included building rock steps, improving trail drainage systems, improve campsites, cutting new trail, and more. For non-service days, trips will do day hikes to rewarding destinations nearby.
Cabin-based Site Exploration trips will spend the week learning about one location from a variety of perspectives. Students will stay in cabins, and will use different methods to develop a deeper understanding of the place they are staying. For example, some Site Exploration trips will stay at the Harvard Forest, a Harvard-owned experimental forest in central Massachusetts. Participants there will: engage with the ecological research currently being conducted there; learn about the history of colonial New England by examining Forest property and buildings; appreciate the current recreational value of the forest through day hikes; and so on.