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!

Community Service Orientation (CSO)

Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat (SOAR)

Multicultural Leadership Orientation (MLO)

First Year Development Program's (FYDP) Summer Bridge

New International Student Orientation

Community Service Orientation | August 31 - September 4

Community Service Orientation Group, 2012

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 Health Center
  • Union Gospel Mission

Last year's evening activities included:

  • Scavenger Hunt in Canal Park
  • Timber Twister and more at Spirit Mountain
  • Outdoor Activities on Campus
  • Small Group Dinners Hosted by Staff and Faculty of the College
  • Park Point BBQ

Registration information

  • Cost: $95, includes food, transportation, evening activities and a t-shirt
  • Registration Deadline: July 1
    • Early registration is preferred as spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • Registration after July 1 will only be accepted if spots remain open.

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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


Phone: (218) 723-6160

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Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat (SOAR)


Organized by Outdoor Pursuit!

Get into the Outdoors with SOAR

St. Scholastica is located near some world-class outdoor venues. Explore the region and meet new people. No experience necessary for any of the trips!

Choose Your Adventure

SOAR OrientationApostle Islands: Sea Kayaking | July 10-16, August 7-13 or August 28 - September 4

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is one of the most amazing sea kayaking opportunities in the United States. Enjoy the fun, challenge and tradition of a single kayak or the stability of a tandem. Explore shipwrecks, sea caves, lighthouses and four different islands.

Adventure Duluth: Multi-Sport | August 28 - September 4

Try out some of the adventure opportunities located within minutes of campus. Camp, rock climb, kayak, hike and explore the vast options Duluth and the surrounding area have to offer.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Canoe and Fishing | August 28 - September 4 

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.

Pictured Rocks: Backpacking | August 28 - September 4 

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.


$175 (covers meals, transportation, instruction, group equipment, meals and souvenir)

Register by July 1. Early registration is encouraged.

For more information visit or contact Shawn Olesewski at or (218) 723-6196

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Multicultural Leadership Orientation | August 30 - September 4

Multicultural Leadership Orientation

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Multicultural Leadership OrientationDo you have a passion for social justice?

Our Multicultural Leadership Orientation provides the opportunity to strengthen leadership skills, paving the way towards leadership roles on campus and in the future...all while having tons of fun on campus and all around Duluth!



Register by July 1. Early registration is encouraged.

For more information, contact Nam Provost at, (218) 723-7032.

Sher Her"The Multicultural Leadership has made a huge impact in my life and helped make me who I am today. Being a part of MLO was one of my greatest highlights while being here at St. Scholastica. I learned to embrace who I am and became more engaged with social justice on campus!"

— Sher Her, '14, Biology


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First Year Development Program's Summer Bridge | August 30 - September 4 


The First Year Development Program (FYDP), a fall semester program for select students, begins with a six-day intensive learning experience that introduces students to college life. Students will attend a mini-course on critical reading, thinking and writing taught by two experienced faculty.

Additionally, students will learn about the challenges of transitioning to college, including living in a dorm and caring for oneself mentally and physically, as well as academic success strategies, such as time management, test taking, effective reading and note-taking. Additionally, study time and social activities led by upperclass students allow students to get to know other students. 

This orientation is by invitation only. Failure to attend any component of orientation will result in the failure of Academic Orientation and withdrawal from fall semester. 



Register by August 1

To register, students complete a registration form sent with their acceptance letter and return it with their enrollment fee and reservation fee to admissions. This event is invitation only.

For more information, contact Lindsey Lindstrom at  (218) 723-6475 or

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New International Student Orientation | August 28 - September 4 

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 or J-1 visa; these students are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents or refugees. Due to legally required aspects of the program, 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 Alison Champeaux at or (218) 723-7016

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