The Senior Outdoor Reflection Trips provide Harvard seniors with a meaningful opportunity for reflection and adventure before graduation. During a two-night trip from May 12 to 14 led by senior FOP and HOC leaders, participants experience the beauty of the White or Berkshire Mountains, process their journeys at Harvard, and get to know an amazing group of their classmates. The program is designed for any senior regardless of outdoor experience, as participants have the choice between backpacking trips, campsite-based front country trips, or a cabin-based trip.

Trips leave on Saturday, 5/12 (the last day of exams) in the early afternoon and return on Monday 5/14 before Senior Week begins. Seniors who have afternoon exams should be in touch with SORT organizers to determine if evening departures on May 12 are possible.


Q: How much does the trip cost? 
A: With support from the College, we’re very excited to offer these trips much below their actual cost. The three-day trip including transportation, accommodation, food and gear costs $70. This program is free for SEF-eligible students.

Q: I don’t have any outdoor experience, is this still for me?
A: Absolutely! When you sign up for SORT, you’ll have the chance to specify the type and difficulty of trip that you want to go on. Ordered from most to least technical, we offer backcountry trips, campsite-based front country trips, or a cabin-based trip.

Q: Can I sign up with my friends?
A: We encourage you to get your friends to sign up as well, however we can’t fulfill requests to place people on the same trip. The program prioritizes making sure each participant is on a trip type and difficulty that they requested, and SORT also aims to help seniors get to know new people in their class.

Q: Will I be able to rent gear for my trip?
A: SORT is excited to partner with both FOP and HOC to ensure that each participant has all the gear they need for their trip. Check out the packing list on this page and if you’re missing anything, stay tuned for emails about when you can come rent the gear you need!

Q: What if I’m a HOC or FOP leader? 
A: We encourage seniors with outdoor leadership experience to lead SORT! It’s an amazing way to facilitate reflection and fun for your classmates - if you’re interested, please apply here. 

Q: What's the cancellation policy?
A: You may cancel your registration for a full refund until the registration deadline of 4/25/2017 at 11:59pm. Just email with your request. Though you're also free to cancel after 4/25, refunds can't be issued after that date.


Frontcountry & Cabin packing list

Backcountry packing list