August Adventures

How about an adventure to kick off your college career?

St. Scholastica's August Adventures are opportunities for like-minded students to gather before the start of the school year and have an adventure together. Meet some new friends, have a great time and get ready for the start of your college experience. Plus, you get to move in early!

Register for August Adventures

Community Service Orientation (CSO)

Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat (SOAR)

Multicultural Leadership Orientation (MLO)

New International Student Orientation

Community Service Orientation August 26-30, 2019

Community Service Orientation Group

Organized by Volunteers Involved Through Action (VITA) and Campus Ministry

Benedictine Values in Action

Service is one of the Benedictine values at the heart of an education at The College of St. Scholastica. Community Service Orientation (CSO) is an excellent introduction to that spirit of service. The Benedictine value of Community teaches us that great good comes from helping others in need. CSO is the perfect opportunity to serve the local community, learn about various social issues, build community, develop new friends, and also HAVE FUN! Participants move in about a week before classes start and spend time getting to know each other and the community through service and social justice activities.

Community Service OrientationSample daily schedule

  • Breakfast and Morning Group Reflection
  • Morning Service Site
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Service Site
  • Free Time
  • Afternoon Group Reflection
  • Dinner
  • Evening Activities

Last year's volunteer sites included:

  • Loaves and Fishes Catholic Worker House
  • Hartley Nature Center
  • Boys and Girls Club of Duluth
  • Benedictine Living Center of Duluth
  • Union Gospel Mission

Last year's evening activities included:

  • Scavenger Hunt in Canal Park
  • Outdoor Activities on Campus
  • Small Group Dinners Hosted by Staff and Faculty of the College
  • Park Point BBQ

Other information

  • Sponsored by Volunteers Involved Through Action, which is a club of the Campus Ministry Center
  • Welcomes all incoming first-year students to participate, regardless of religious perspective or worldview
  • Students live in on-campus housing during CSO
  • CSO Participants are expected to participate in all CSO Activities
  • Former CSO participants are invited to serve as CSO Student Leaders


$95 includes transportation, t-shirt, activities and programming

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Phone: (218) 723-5933

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Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat (SOAR)


Organized by Outdoor Pursuit!

SOAR into college at St. Scholastica. You will travel to world-class outdoor venues while learning about college life and your new home. These trips are only offered to new CSS students, and the mission is to foster relationships and assist with the transition to becoming independent college students.  Outdoor experience is not required to be part of these adventures.  A positive attitude and willingness to push yourself out of your comfort zone will allow our guides to lead you through these awesome experiences.

August 22nd - August 30th, 2019 Adventures:

Cost for these trips is $250. This covers meals, transportation, instruction, group equipment and souvenir.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Canoeing

Group pulling canoe through narrow river

Explore the most famous wilderness canoe location in the WORLD! Located just a hop, skip and a jump away, learn paddling and camping skills while fishing and exploring the Canadian Shield country. Two canoe trip options. Difficulty: Moderate

Pictured Rocks: Backpacking

Group picture on bridge

Hike along part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The trail hugs the shoreline of Lake Superior; providing hikers with amazing views of sandstone cliffs, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes and forest. Due to the popularity of this trip, we added a second trip. Both trips are expected to fill so sign up ASAP.Trip Difficulty:Easy/Moderate and Moderate

Devils Lake State Park: Rock Climbing

Woman Climbing

Climb to new heights and be amazed by the awesome views from the top during this rock climbing adventure. And don't forget your hiking shoes and swimsuit, we may show you our favorite rock to jump off. Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

August 20th - August 30th: Extended Trip Offering:

Cost for the extended trip is $325. This covers meals, transportation, instruction, group equipment and souvenir.

The Grand Canoeing Adventure

Woman Portaging CanoeNew for 2019 is an extended canoe adventure. Move in a few days earlier and head out for an 8 day trip. The group will help make the final route choice. To finish with the Grand Portage or take the easy way out... the choice is yours!

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For more information on SOAR, call (218) 625-4940, email outdoorpursuit@css.eduor visit

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Multicultural Leadership Orientation August 25-30, 2019

Group photo during Multicultural Leadership Orientation

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Group photo during Multicultural Leadership OrientationDo you have a passion for social justice?

Register by August 17, 2019. Early registration is encouraged.

This five-day August Adventure is designed to provide new incoming students an opportunity to strengthen leadership skills, explore and expand their understanding of social justice topics and build lifelong relationships with other new and returning CSS students. MLO is open to all students. Students also meet staff and faculty that help prepare them be successful with the transition to college life. This program is run primarily by current CSS students and is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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For more information, contact Chris Davila at, (218) 723-7013. Visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at for MLO details, photos and videos.

Multicultural Leadership Orientation (MLO) Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 25

  • MLO attendee move-in (1-4pm)
  • Say Goodbyes to Friends and Family
  • Welcome Dinner for Students
  • Meet your MLO Mentors

Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 26-28

  • Social Justice workshops
  • Field trips to connect with Social Justice organizations in Duluth
  • Guest speakers
  • Fun group activities and team building

Thursday, Aug. 29

  • Day at the beach
  • Hunger Games Activity

Friday, Aug. 30

  • Final Reflections and Group Photos
  • Welcome Week BBQ at 12 noon
  • Welcome Week Begins at 3pm! Somers Main Lounge (Check In)

Student Quotes

"It’s helped me know how to get around campus and helped me open up about how I feel about my beliefs and my identity. "

"It showed me different ways to participate at CSS , also it helped me get out of my comfort zone and meet/talk to people I’ve never talked to before."

"I had a great time and I made a lot of friends, learned about social justice and how to deal with people who are not so nice/didn’t grow up with the same views as I did."

"They did a good job at giving us information on resources that we can use throughout the year to be successful along with introducing us to those who can help us."

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New International Student Orientation

Group photo during International Student Orientation

Organized by the Office of International Programs

This orientation program is designed to assist new international students upon their arrival to the United States and in their transition to college. The agenda includes information about immigration regulations, cultural adjustment and;awareness, vital services on campus and participating in fun events around Duluth. 

International Student OrientationAt St. Scholastica, an international student is defined as a person who wishes to pursue an academic program or degree while on an F-1; these students are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents or refugees. Due to immigration regulations, international student orientation is required for the students defined above, and is an invitation-only program.


$75 (charged to the student's account). This event is by invitation only.

For more information, contact Natalia Miller at or (218) 723-7016

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