Welcome back, Sophomores!

This year, we'll get back to what we do best - bringing students together, exploring our environment and building new relationships with the people and places that matter most. We're excited to re-start this journey with you! 

If you are a first year student who completed just one semester in the Fall of 2020 or Spring of 2021, you are welcome to join these experiences. Sophomore Transfer students are encouraged to participate in Transfer Orientation activities, which may overlap with some Sophomore Experiences.

UVM Outdoor Programs and UVM Living Well have built some exciting new experiences for Sophomores only this year: Sophomore Mindfulness and Outdoor Reorientation Experiences (SMOREs!). Look for the SMOREs logo and check out these great programs. 

To receive email updates about SMOREs please fill out this form

LONG WEEKEND TRIPS

Our Labor Day weekend trips were a huge success, so we are planning another batch of great sophomore excursions over Fall Weekend (Oct 7th - 10th).  Registration for these trips will be live on Thursday, September 23rd at 12pm.  

REGISTER HERE

Program Information

The fee for all programs is $75. Financial Assistance is available upon request. 

Program Timeline

Thursday October 7th: 5pm - 8pm – Meet your trip leaders and fellow participants for icebreakers, gear packing, and trip preparations.  Spend the night in your residence hall.
Friday October 8th: 8am – Board busses and vans for trip destinations!
Saturday October 9th: Spend all day on an adventure with new friends!
Sunday October 10th: Complete trip itinerary and return to campus between 12pm and 3pm depending on trip

Trip offerings

Fall Weekend Trips (October 7-10) 

Adirondack Backpacking - Leaf peepers unite!  Just on the other side of Lake Champlain lies a prime destination for fall hiking.  The Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness is known for pristine campsites clustered around backwoods ponds and lakes, small mountains with great views, and pockets of gorgeous hardwood forest.

Adirondack Canoeing - Experience the best of New York's Adirondack State Park by canoe.  Whether you are a new or experienced paddler, there is no better way to explore this pristine wilderness.  A popular option over Labor Day Weekend, we will be returning to 'the ADKs' for peak fall paddling in the Whitney Wilderness and Raquette River watershed.

Mountain Biking - Join UVM leaders and Mountain Bike guides from 4 Points Adventure to dial in your cross country mountain bike skills. Biking ability is required for this trip, but you can start from scratch with your mountain bike skills and learn from the pros! (Note: Additional fee for bike rental if needed.)

Rock Climbing - Many climbers consider Fall to be the best season for climbing due to the crisp air, lower humidity, and great scenery.  Join UVM leaders and a local rock guide at some of the best local crags to get acquainted with climbing on this introductory rock climbing weekend. No previous skills needed!

Registration Process

If you previously attended a SMOREs Labor Day Weekend excursion, we ask that you please hold off on purchasing a ticket and instead sign up directly for the waitlist (which will open on Thursday, September 23 at noon) to give other students an opportunity to participate in SMOREs excursions as well.  We will reach out to you if there are cancellations or additional capacity on the trips that cannot be filled by first time attendees.

Registration will take place through the University Tickets platform. If spots fill, we will hold a waiting list here. After you purchase your ticket you will be prompted in your email to fill out additional registration forms. Your registration is complete when you fill out all of these forms. We know that there is greater demand for these trips than we are currently capable of meeting and we will do our best to accommodate the most participants that we can.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that tickets are refundable up to 10 days before the trip (Tuesday, September 28th). After that we are unable to offer a refund for the trip. Please consider this when booking and only book this trip if you are committed to engaging in this experience.

SOPHOMORE PROM

Saturday, October 23, 8-11PM (tickets available 10/1)

We know many of you missed Prom, so we are bringing you Sophomore Prom.  This is a special, free event for the Class of 2024 where you can enjoy time with friends and maybe meet some new ones.  Prom will include traditional prom activities like music, dancing, and refreshments all wrapped in a tropical theme.  The suggested dress is semi-formal and the event will be held in the Grand Maple Ballroom in the Davis Center.  

REGISTER HERE

Why did the event date change?

We moved the event to October to allow more time for planning.  UVM student volunteers and staff from Division of Enrollment Management are planning this event with support from the Student Life team.

Can I bring a non-UVM guest to prom?

Yes, non-UVM guests may attend the prom if invited by a UVM sophomore student.  To ensure as many UVM students can attend as possible, there will be a limit on non-UVM guest attendance.  This is a ticketed event and all participants will need a ticket to enter.  While not required, we strongly urge that campus visitors be fully vaccinated.  See more information about UVM’s COVID policies.

Will I need to wear a mask at prom?

All people are required to wear face coverings while inside UVM buildings, whether they are vaccinated or not. See UVM’s face covering guidance.  Visitors and guests also must wear masks.  See more information about UVM’s COVID policies.

FAMILY FAREWELL RECEPTION

Sunday, August 29, 4-5:30PM

As students head off to sophomore programs and families prepare to say farewell, families are encouraged to attend the Family Farewell Reception in the Grand Maple Sugar Ballroom located in the Davis Center.  This event, for families only, is an early evening meet and greet with fellow families and key representatives from our campus with light hors d’oeuvres.

SOPHOMORE SOCIAL & TWILIGHT INDUCTION CEREMONY

Sunday, August 29, 6PM (new time)

Sophomores students are invited to an ice cream social hosted by the Student Services Collaborative. Immediately following the social, the Class of 2024 will participate in the annual Twilight Induction Ceremony, a colorful university tradition typically reserved for first year students only. You will process to the University Green where you will pledge to uphold the University of Vermont values in a candlelight ceremony. Times and locations will be posted in UVM BORED as part of UVM Welcome activities.

ADVENTURE WITHIN: UVM Mindfulness and Connection Retreat
Monday, August 23 - Thursday, August 26

Adventure Within is Sold Out! 

Register for this four-day, three-night retreat which will take place before the start of a very busy semester. You'll find space for yourself and time with others while we reflect and set new intentions for the year ahead. 

What is "Adventure Within?"

"Adventure Within" is a pre-arrival experience for sophomores centering mindfulness and connection. Whereas many adventures take you out to the wilderness, this adventure guides you to go within; to connect to yourself, to one another and to the beauty and wonder of the more than human world. This 4-day, 3-night mindfulness retreat takes place at Camp Common Ground surrounded by the rolling hills of Starksboro, Vermont. Participants stay in rustic but well-maintained cabins, nestled in a maple forest, with access to hot water, electricity, flush toilets and indoor showers. Wheelchair accessible lodging is also available. Meals are catered by Blossom catering, which specializes in plant based whole foods using as many local organic ingredients as possible. The daily retreat schedule includes a variety of contemplative activities to engage in such as meditation, yoga, dance, wisdom talks, guided hikes and small groups to connect and dive deep with other participants. The retreat environment allows time and space to be quiet, to be social, to be still, to move, to rest and to play but most importantly to be yourself and to tune into what you need. The retreat staff is there to guide and support you, to welcome ALL parts of you, and to create a container for authentic connection and growth that you can carry with you into the upcoming school year. No previous experience with contemplative practices is needed and all identities are celebrated and welcome!

What will I learn? 

We know this last year and a half was a HUGE challenge and we want to provide you with an opportunity to come into your school year filled with connection and resilience. The foundation for this retreat is the contemplative practice of mindfulness. On this retreat you will get to explore how mindfulness can be supportive both personally and interpersonally. Essentially mindfulness is about training the mind to return to the present moment over and over again with a sense of nonjudgmental curiosity and kindness guided by an intention to reduce harm for ourselves and others. Contrary to what you might have heard, mindfulness is not about clearing your mind or getting rid of thoughts. So if you think, “I can’t meditate because my mind is always running,” no need to worry! Meditation and mindfulness are about practicing awareness and acceptance towards ourselves, our thoughts, and strong emotions – not making them go away! How each person practices mindfulness is different based on identity, life experiences, and what sparks your interest. This retreat gives you the opportunity to really dive deep and explore what mindfulness can look like for you, so that you can bring these skills and practices to your life in college and beyond.

What will a typical day look like at the retreat? 

There will be periods of guided silence during the retreat and also a lot of time to connect and talk with other participants. During guided periods of silence there will always be someone available for questions and support.  Dark blue times are silent. Light blue times are not silent. Schedule is subject to changes.

6am Optional sunrise hike
7:00 Wake up
7:30 Movement and sitting meditation
8:00 breakfast
8:30 mindful clean up and free time
9:15 morning meditation program
11:30 small groups
12:30 lunch
1:00 mindful clean up and free time
2:30 workshops ( a variety of workshops will be offered by staff and student leaders)
4:00 movement practice ( yoga, dance, hiking, etc.)
5:30 dinner
6:00 mindful clean up and free time
7:00 lovingkindness
7:30 walk
8:00 wisdom talk
8:30 small groups and snacks
9:30 sitting meditation
10:00 prep for bedtime (camp fire on last night)

What should I bring? 

Packing list

  • A warm sweatshirt or fleece jacket
  • Rain gear or poncho
  • Sun Hat, sunglasses
  • Long Pants and shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Socks (include an extra pr.)
  • PJ’s
  • Sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals for pond or shower
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellant
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Other toiletry items
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Sleeping Bag (or sheets & blankets)
  • Pillow

Optional/Activity Specific:

  • Bathing suit (if you want to swim in pond)
  • water shoes (for pond)
  • Day pack for hiking (if you want to participate in guided hikes)

Things to leave at home:

  • Video games & electronics
  • Cell phones (You can bring this, but we will invite you to have it off during the whole retreat)
  • Candles or fuel operated lanterns
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol & drugs (of course please bring your prescription medication(s))
  • Snacks or food (unless you have specific dietary restrictions that cannot be accommodated for. We ask for you to keep food in the communal kitchen and not in your cabin.)

What is the cost? 

We are delighted to say that we are able to keep the cost of this program very low. The cost to participate is $75! If that is an economic barrier for you to participate we can provide financial assistance. Please register as normal if you'd like to apply for financial assistance, as you will be prompted in the process.

What does arrival day look like? 

On August 23rd, you'll be able to access your residental hall and move into your room starting at 9am. You'll first go to you hall for check in where you will receive your key to you room. You'll have until 1pm to move into your room. Registration for Adventure Within will take place from 1pm-2pm at the Davis Center. Lunch will not be provide on August 23rd, so please arrive to registration having already eaten. At this time, we will make sure we have all the forms we need from you and that you have everything on the packing list. By 2:30pm we will load the bus and head to the Common Ground Center. 

What does the return day look like? 

On August 26th, you'll leave the Common Ground Center after lunch to return to campus around 2:30pm. At this point, you'll be able to get back into your room and you and free to do your own thing! You'll have access to your on campus meal plans starting at dinner on August 26th. You are welcome to be on campus and enjoy Burlington until the start of the semester. 

 

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SOPHOMORE SUMMER CAMP

Friday, August 27 - Sunday, August 29

Sophomore Summer Camp is Sold Out!

Start the year off with a weekend of camp with fellow Sophomore's on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain. Test your aim at archery, stretch those legs on the climbing wall, take a dip in Lake Champlain to cool off. In the evening you'll enjoy smores around the campfire with new friends and old friends too! 

What is "Sophomore Summer Camp?"

Sophomore Summer Camp is a fun-filled early arrival experience for Sophomores Only! The weekend before the start of the semester, we've rented out an entire camp on North Hero in Lake Champlain for you and your fellow Sophomores to relax, rejuvenated and reconnect before re-entering college. Sophomore Summer Camp will have options for you to chose from! Activities such as archery, climbing, skatepark, art & crafts, canoeing, and swimming are all on the menu. Evenings will be spent with additional activities like campfires and capture the flag! Meals from dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday will be served at camp. 

What should I bring? 

Packing list

  • A warm sweatshirt or fleece jacket
  • Rain gear or poncho
  • Sun Hat, sunglasses
  • Long Pants and shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Socks (include an extra pr.)
  • PJ’s
  • Sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals for pond or shower
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellant
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Other toiletry items
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Sleeping Bag (or sheets & blankets)
  • Pillow

Optional/Activity Specific:

  • Bathing suit (if you want to swim in pond)
  • water shoes (for lake)

Things to leave at home:

  • Video games & electronics
  • Cell phones (You can bring this, but we will invite you to have it off during the whole retreat)
  • Candles or fuel operated lanterns
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol & drugs (of course please bring your prescription medication(s))
  • Snacks or food (unless you have specific dietary restrictions that cannot be accommodated for. We ask for you to keep food in the communal kitchen and not in your cabin.)

What is the cost? 

We are delighted to say that we are able to keep the cost of this program very low. The cost to participate is $75! If that is an economic barrier for you to participate we can provide financial assistance. Please register as normal if you'd like to apply for financial assistance, as you will be prompted in the process.

What does arrival day look like? 

On August 27th, you'll be able to access your residental hall and move into your room starting at 8am. You'll first go to you hall for check in where you will receive your key to you room. You'll have until 2pm to move into your room. Registration for Sophomore Summer Camp will take place from 1pm-2:30pm at the Davis Center (first floor near Brennan's). Lunch will not be provide on August 27th, so please arrive to registration having already eaten. At this time, we will make sure we have all the forms we need from you and that you have everything on the packing list. By 2:30pm we will load the bus and head to Camp Abnaki by 3:00pm. 

What does the return day look like? 

On August 29th, you'll leave the Camp Abnaki after breakfast to return to campus around 1:00pm. At this point, you'll be able to get back into your room and you and free to do your own thing! You'll have access to your on campus meal plans starting at lunch on August 29th. 

 

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