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Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trips, records

 Collection
Call Number: RU 1148

Scope and Contents

The records consist of participant rosters, trip evaluations, and administrative files from the Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT).

Dates

  • 1982-2017

Conditions Governing Access

The records are restricted until January 1, 2092.

Related Materials

Undergraduate Affairs, Yale University, records of the dean (RU 95); accessions 1990-A-157 and 1990-A-016.

Extent

2.63 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ru.1148

Overview

The records consist of participant rosters, trip evaluations, and administrative files from the Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT).

Biographical / Historical

FOOT was started in 1984 by two undergrads, Jamie Williams and Greg Felt. They had both just completed a NOLS course and were excited about the prospect of introducing a similar experience as an orientation for incoming first-years. With a group of like-minded students —the first CORE— they started talking to administrators about the possibility of starting such a program. The administration was skeptical at first, and told them to seek out someone they could hire as a coordinator. This would lead them to Cilla Kellert, a NOLS graduate, former Outward Bound instructor and Yale Forestry School graduate, who has been with the program since it started.

At the beginning, FOOT was very small: just 12 leaders on 6 trips to the Catskills. The model they came up with, however, would come to define the FOOT experience — 4-6 day backpacking trips led by two co-leaders, who help to bring a sense of community and fun to the whole endeavor. When students return to Yale, they are pumped to begin college- having had a tremendous experience in the great outdoors and having formed friendships that will last for the next four years and beyond.

General

Forms part of Yale Record Group 40 (YRG 40), Records of Yale clubs, societies, and organizations.
Title
Guide to the Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trips, Records
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Michael Lotstein
Date
June 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
Yale University Library
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New Haven CT 06520-8240 US
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(203) 432-7441 (Fax)

Location

Sterling Memorial Library
Room 147
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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