Summer Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR)

In addition to the mandatory summer orientation program, the optional SOAR experience is designed to give you an opportunity to build social connections with other trip members and introduce you to the amazing local natural areas surrounding Fredericksburg.  These trips are not only fun, but are also a great way for incoming students to meet other first-years and learn about UMW from upperclassmen.

We have two trips that will run during First-Year Orientation 2017:

Trip 1: June 20-22 (registration closed)

Trip 2: June 27-29 (registration closed)

SOAR is a 2 night, 3 day adventure-based orientation program.

This student-led trip begins at 2:00pm on the first day and ends at 2:30pm on the third day.

If you have registered, paid, and are not on the wait list, you will receive details from Erin Hill via the e-mail address and phone number you provided during registration.

Both trips will involve primitive camping (no showers). You will have the opportunity to participate in team-building experiences, tubing, fishing, and hiking. SOAR trips do not require any previous experience.

The $25 cost of the trip includes all transportation to and from the trip venue, rental of camping essentials, meals while on the trip, and activity fees.

If you have questions, please contact Erin Hill at 540-654-1197 or

Important Notes:
1. Payees will incur a 2.75% service fee for each online transaction.
2. NO refunds will be allowed except for medical reasons ONLY. Medical documentation will be required to receive the refund.
3. If you happened to accidentally close out of the registration form before completing your online payment, please click here to complete your payment. *Please make sure you have completed and submitted your registration form before making any payments.

The Summer Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR) is organized by UMW Campus Recreation.