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We invite members of the incoming class of 2021 to join us for Passages 2017, Saint Anselm College's Adventure Leadership Program for new students. Passages is a unique opportunity to meet an amazing group of friends to start college with, get acclimated to being Anselmian, and spend time learning and having fun in exciting locations.

Trained student leaders (Passages Guides) and faculty/staff lead and facilitate the daily activities as well as provide guidance and supervision throughout the program. Guides are also excellent resources for participants as they transition to Saint Anselm College.

2017 Trips

This year Passages is offering four different trips, each occurring prior to your arrival on campus for New Student Orientation. Participants must arrive by 9:45 a.m. for check in on the day of departure and should anticipate returning to campus by 6 p.m. on the last day.

Champlain, July 17 - July 21
This trip engages well-rounded individuals in a blended exploration of service, adventure, culture and spirituality. Based at Saint Anne's Shrine in northern Vermont, the 32 acre attraction touches the shores and banks of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. While cabins at Saint Anne's will be home on this trip the adventure does not stop there. This trip encourages activity via avenues such as kayaking/canoeing/hiking/biking near Lake Champlain's shoreline, a day trip in Montreal to explore astonishing cathedrals and other landmarks, and finally, a day of service in a nearby community. Participants can expect to learn about the impact of service, positive group dynamics, leadership, and classic cathedrals. This adventure will provide participants with an experience unique to our region and our Anselmian way of life. *A Valid Passport is required*

Acadia, July 24 - July 28
This trip engages adventurers interested in exploring beautiful Acadia National Park, which consistently ranks in the top 15 best parks in the nation. Aside from enjoying some of the best hiking trails in the east, participants will spend time reminiscing on breathtaking views and experiences with new friends around nightly campfires as well as engaging in a day of education and service at two certified organic farms. Participants should expect to return home with an established connection to the SAC community, an understanding of how food is cultivated, and an appreciation for our protected lands. Participants' home for the week will be a campground tent site (with amenities) located within walking distance to the ocean. The goal of this trip is to provide an unbelievable experience shared amongst peers that can be reflected upon for the next 4 years and beyond. (Don't worry if you dont have a tent! We have plenty for you!)

Gettysburg, August 1 - August 5
This trip engages emerging leaders, historians, trivia buffs and those interested in the care of others. The trip will provide an opportunity to explore historical battlefields, analyze the effects and causes of the conflict, glimpse leadership demonstrated on the battlefield and within the local community, learn of the acts of human heroism, and explore the spirituality and ethos of the people. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the American Civil War and ended General Lee's 1863 invasion of the North. The battle was the war's bloodiest and was the setting for President Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address." Participants will base their explorations out of a retreat center located near the Appalachian Trail. Additional activities may include exploring historic Harpers Ferry and floating the Shenandoah River.

Adirondacks, August 4 - August 8
This trip engages participants as they explore the Adirondacks located in northeast New York. The Adirondack Park covers 6.1 million acres and is the largest park, state-level protected area, and national historic landmark in the contiguous United States. The trip will consist of gaining historical knowledge, understanding environmental issues, land management, outdoor leadership, and the importance of having wild, protected areas. Participants will base their adventures out of lakeside cabins in the Pharoah Lake Wilderness region of the state park. Possible activities include a treetop ropes course with zip lines, exploring the high peaks region, hiking, canoeing, swimming, and other outdoor activities.

No Refunds after July 10.

*All trips are subject to change without notice.*


Registration is now open and will continue until filled.

Trips have limited space available and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and they fill quickly. Don't wait too long to register. Each trip costs $375 and includes all group activities, lodging, meals, & transportation. Participants must arrive by 9:45 a.m. for check in on the day of departure and should anticipate returning to campus by 6 p.m. on the last day.

Checks should be made payable to Saint Anselm College - Passages, and mailed along with the registration form to:

Passages - Student Activities & Leadership Programs
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, #1715
Manchester, NH  03102

For more information about the Passages program, contact: Student Activities & Leadership Programs at (603) 641-7363 or via email at

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