Home Campus Directory | A-Z Index

Exciting Options:

A Walk in the Woods

Canoeing Adventure

Building for Tomorrow

Would you like to:

  • Meet other students before classes begin?
  • Learn more about college life?
  • Enjoy awesome outdoor activities?
  • Serve those in the community around you?
  • Build confidence and self-esteem?
  • Enhance leadership skills?
  • Earn credits before classes start?


Early in your pre-orientation program, you will face an array of new and exciting challenges. They may prove as simple as pitching a tent, or more complicated, like designing educational and fun activities for young children. The instructors will present and assist in the development of all the skills necessary to meet these challenges, starting with the basics. However, with practice, you will become adept and accomplish these feats. As your skills grow, your leadership abilities will also progress. After getting through the initial day or two of learning how to live with only the basics, your instructors will encourage you to make more decisions on your own; thus allowing you to learn from your mistakes and your successes, in order to become a better leader. As you become more skilled, you'll gain a new respect for yourself, and the confidence to be a successful leader.


Confidence grows from practice and competence. Sure, it might be difficult to do some of the things you are faced with at first... but your hard work and practice leads to a new confidence in both your outdoor or construction skills and your emerging leadership qualities.


On your pre-orientation trip, you should feel comfortable speaking up with an opinion, asking if you don't understand, supporting someone if you agree or voicing your opinion if you don't. On the final days of your expedition, your full range of communicative skills will come into play.

Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs - Summer 2017

Although these opportunities will not be available in 2016, Penn State Berks looks forward to offering three Outdoor Adventure Programs in August, 2017 - prior to the start of classes and continue into the fall semester. These programs allow new students to satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement (PSU 005) and serve as an orientation to college. These Learning Communities are a great option for students who want to get a few credits completed before the semester begins.


Contact Information:

160 Franco Building

Saundra Reichel
Director of Campus Life
19 Perkins Student Center