Questions? More info at spot.stanford.edu.
But What About NSO? NSO begins the day that SPOT ends. SPOT is scheduled so that all students are released to move-in as early as you’re allowed at the start of NSO on Sept. 17.
How Much Does SPOT Cost?
SPOT isn’t about physical exertion, but instead the immersive experience and preparing for college! No problem if you’re new to the outdoors-- most are!
What if I’ve Never Camped or Backpacked Before?
“The spirit of SPOT is Stanford culture.” -Taylor, participant 2012
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SPOT Leaders and Crew are dynamic and enthusiastic Stanford students & alums who volunteer their time, effort, and passion to welcome you to Stanford! Trip leaders complete training classes/experiences around wilderness skills, leadership, group dynamics, risk management, wilderness medicine, and more. SPOT is the first-year experience run by Stanford Outdoor Education.
Who leads/runs SPOT?
Enrollment fees, finance questions, and gear recommendations are online!
Why SPOT? Why NOT!?!
I Heard SPOT Sells Out Fast! We hope to be able to accommodate those interested in participating through a variety of trip types. It’s important to read registration content online before enrolling, and register as close to Registration’s open as you can.
What is SPOT?
Stanford Pre-Orientation Trip’s purpose is to provide a foundational immersive experience that cultivates Stanford Identity by fostering student engagement and personal growth. SPOT leads the Stanford Experience by... ... empowering personal growth through challenge, self-reflection, and mentorship. ... developing awareness of interconnectedness and the value of community within the Stanford Environment ... contributing students to the campus community prepared to actively participate and lead.
• embrace cooperative new friendships • camp, backpack, work together on an outing in a remote region of California • enhance your sense of self! build your own and other’s confidence • learn and improve outdoor skills • trips are five and a half days and are aimed at easing your transition to life at Stanford. They finish immediately before NSO • open to all experience levels (ie, no experience necessary!) trip-types described online! Be a part of THIS Stanford tradition! And have a ton of fun doing it!
All Trips Are: Open to all experience levels (ie, no experience necessary!). See spot.stanford.edu for more information on trip types and descriptions!
“If you’re considering SPOT, do it! If you’re not considering SPOT: screw your head on straight and do it! I plan to become a leader so I can relive SPOT time and time again!” -Marisa, participant 2012
“I wanted to go on SPOT because I’ve always loved the outdoors. Lit tle did I know that SPOT was so much more than being outside and backpacking through the most gorgeous parts of California…” -Anja, participant 2012
“SPOT was a great way to learn about the ins and outs of Stanford from someone who’s been through it all.” -Annie, participant 2010
“Our leaders brought our group together and got us to open up. We were a lit tle family by the end!” -Red Flower group participant, 2012
“I learned a lot, actually I think I became more open-minded about people, and more cooperative.” -Dan, participant 2012
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Brochure for 2013 Fall