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First-Year Trips

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Info for Parents

Not only is your child leaving home for college, now we’re asking you to throw them into the wilderness! But we’ve found that this is one of the best ways to help new students learn about their new home and meet their new classmates. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the DOC First-Year Trips office at (603) 646-3996 (starting in April), email us at or call the Outdoor Programs Office at (603) 646-2428 any time of the year.

Training & Safetychatting

The DOC Trips Director works closely with the College’s administrative offices to ensure the Trips program is both safe and extremely prepared in case of an emergency. Every trip leader is First Aid and CPR trained, and are required to attend three in-depth trainings seminars, a full hard skills workshop, and specific trip training in the months before the program begins. Additionally, every leader participates in an intense 24-hour review session the day before their Trip starts.

Throughout the duration of Trips, we have six different support crews throughout New Hampshire that are keeping the program safe and prepared. Certified emergency care providers are stationed in Hanover and at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge with local community back-up. We have two phone lines dedicated solely for medical emergencies and certified emergency care personnel monitor it 24 hours a day during Trips.

Trips are designed to provide challenges for a wide range of abilities, without being overwhelming. On their application, incoming students will give us an accurate and realistic statement of their physical abilities and what they are interested in doing for a First-Year Trip, which will help us place them appropriately and maintain the safety of the program.

Making Travel Arrangements

Some families prefer to make travel and schedule arrangements as early as possible (some call us even before we’ve sent out applications!). It is extremely rare that we tell someone we can’t find space for them on a specific date (we really want everyone to be able to go!), but please be aware that fitting in incoming students with very specific scheduling requirements decreases our ability to place students in the trip of their preference. Not all trip types are offered in every section, and some trip types have higher demand than others.

Once trip assignments have been released, it is very important to note that incoming students should not arrive in Hanover until the afternoon of Day 1 of their trip. If incoming students and their families arrive earlier than that date, they will need to make their own accommodation arrangements for the nights before Day 1 (see Dartmouth’s list of local lodging). As long as students travel plans will have them arriving in Hanover by 4:30pm, they will be perfectly on time for their trip! Contact us if there is difficulty in arriving to campus by 4:30pm and we will help you figure out a solution.


Loosening the ties…

During DOC Trips, the office gets very busy. If you need to confirm the arrival of an incoming student in Hanover, please arrange for them to call you. They will have time to call you in the evening they arrive.

No cell phones or other means of wireless communication are allowed on Trips. If students bring a cell phone, they will be provided with a safe place to store their phone for the duration of their trip, and their phone will be returned to them afterwards. You will not be able to reach your child via cell phone during the trip. If there is an emergency and you need to reach a Trips participant, please call the DOC Trips Director at 603-646-3996 and we can deliver any urgent messages.

Last Updated: 12/11/19