Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond

Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond changes lives and opens new vistas to interests, possibilities, and connections.

NRB Week
Tuesday, August 23 – Sunday, August 28

Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond (NRB) is the official continuation of your orientation program that includes adventure/team building activities, historical/cultural programs, and community service opportunities all designed to help students get to know one another. One of the goals of NRB is to assist all incoming students in connecting with classmates while participating in interest-based activities. Another is to familiarize our new members of the Rensselaer community with not only the campus but also the city of Troy and surrounding areas.

For the whole day on Wednesday you will be pre-registered into a Day Trip activity according to your interests. Beginning Thursday afternoon we move to a more typical campus atmosphere where you and your new friends will decide what you would like to participate in. All first-year students are expected to attend these programs.

Wednesday Events

5v5 Soccer Tournament with Club Soccer

Enjoy a fun day filled with soccer drills, games and various activities.  Get to know who else loves the game of soccer as much as you do!  End the day with a competative 5v5 tournament to show how well your team has progressed throughout the day.  Some soccer experience is recommended but not necessary.  Athletic apparal is needed in addition to cleats or sneakers.  

 

This trip is FULL.

A Day in the Life of an EMT

Do you have an interest in volunteer work and helping others? Are you looking for a new and exciting activity to pursue at RPI? This program will include information on RPI Ambulance, the impact our organization has on the RPI community, and the broader EMS system. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with equipment used by RPI Ambulance including the stretcher, backboards, airway kits, and the ambulance itself! Participants will also partake in and even have the chance to run simulated calls. A Day in the Life of an EMT‚ will provide students a fun and unique experience, and leave them with useful knowledge they can use in everyday life.

 

This trip is FULL.

A Taste of A Cappella

Dive into the challenge of learning and performing contemporary a cappella music as you are taught an entertaining set of songs from RPI’s four a cappella groups. Get to know the members of the Rensselyrics, the Rusty Pipes, Partial Credit, and Duly Noted and experience what collegiate a cappella is all about. Singers and vocal percussionists will showcase their talents in a concert for their peers, performing one song from each group’s repertoire. This program is ideal for individuals with some prior singing experience and those interested in vocal percussion.

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

ABADA-Capoeira RPI

Capoeira is a unique Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music with kicks, dodges, strikes, and throws.  It is known for quick and complex moves, using power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques. Whether you've already earned yourself a capoeirista nickname or you've never thrown a kick in your life, join us for a day and learn what Capoeira is all about. Participants will learn basic kicks, dodges, acrobatics, and music, and will have the opportunity to play this centuries old game.

Amateur Radio with W2SZ

Come up to the W2SZ "Shack" for a day of amateur radio!  Learn how to contact stations around the world, the modes of operating amateur radios, and how to build basic radio equipment. We'll wrap up the day with a transmitter hunt around campus while exploring the technique of radio direction finding.  Whether you already have a license or are just discovering ham radio, you will enjoy the opportunities the W2SZ station has to offer.

 

This trip is FULL.

Ballroom Blitz

Are you interested in partner dancing? Do you want to try something new? Do you want to learn to dance as seen on Dancing with the Stars? Or, maybe you already enjoy ballroom dancing and want to get to know RPI’s ballroom community. Then Ballroom Blitz is for you! Learn and enjoy a growing sport that has practitioners from all around the world. We’ll teach you the intense and passionate Tango, the quintessential and flirtatious American Swing, and last but not least, a variety of modern forms of Ballroom/Latin dances. If you’re new, come out and try something different. If you’re a dancer, come meet RPI’s ballroom community! If not, come anyway. No prior dance experience is necessary.  As one of the largest clubs on campus, and one of the biggest competitive teams on the East Coast, we’d love to have you for the day.

Beach Day/Hike with Greek Life

Are you interested in Greek Life? Want to learn more about the Greek Community at RPI? Come join Greek Life for a day at the beach at Grafton Lakes State Park! We will be hiking, doing team building activities, playing soccer, volleyball, Frisbee and swimming. Additionally, we will have a BBQ on the beach for lunch!

 

This trip is FULL.

Becket-Chimney Corners

Join us for a day of outdoor activities! Berkshire Outdoor Center is located on 1,350 acres in the Berkshires. The morning will consist of small group activities including team builder and icebreaker games, so all students start off on equal footing. After lunch, you will be working on the low ropes course, encouraging group work and communication. There will also be a small amount of free time where you can enjoy swimming and canoeing!  Please join us for a fun filled day. For more information on Berkshire Outdoor Center itself, visit http://www.bccymca.org.

 

This trip is FULL.

Build a Micro Game!

Love blinking lights, poking buttons, and basking int he glow of 1-bit color?  Then join the Embedded Hardware club to design and build a micro-powered game!  We'll spend the day learning to solder, program, and wire a handheld video game!  We’ll provide all the equipment (including microchips, irons, breadboards, and plenty of LEDs). No experience required.

 

This trip is FULL.

Building with RPI’s Habitat for Humanity

Does learning how to swing a hammer, put up sheetrock, or use a nail gun sound like fun? Well, come spend a day with RPI's Habitat for Humanity Club working on a local build site in the Capital Region. A day with Habitat for Humanity will give participants the opportunity to learn new skills in a fun and inviting environment. No experience is required, just come ready to enjoy a day of learning and giving back to the community. Please be sure to wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. 

 

This trip is FULL.

Camp Chingachgook

If you are looking for an experience that will challenge your comfort zone while getting to know your classmates then the Camp Chingachgook day trip is for you! You will be able to participate in a variety of activities, such as canoeing, archery, and a team-building course, while building lasting friendships with other members of the class of 2020.

Camp Sloane YMCA

Camp Sloane YMCA is the day trip for you if you are looking to get to know your classmates while having fun outdoors! Beginning with large group problem solving activities, you will then break in to smaller teams to navigate a series of low ropes initiatives. This trip is ideal if you want to work on your communication and problem solving skills.

Catch the Snitch! An RPI Quidditch Experience

It’s the most fun you will ever have with a broom! Besides being based off of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, the sport of Quidditch has absolutely nothing to do with books or Emma Watson. Here at RPI you don’t even need to have seen the movies to play this game. Enjoy dodge ball? Then you’ll love being a Beater. Have fun tackling in football? Then you may find it enjoyable to be a Chaser. Are you good at running and love being the center of attention? Then maybe you’d make a great Snitch. We’ll introduce you to the rules of the game and play a few full-length games as well. You don’t need to be athletic, or own a wand to play this game. You just need to be willing to get a little dirty and break a few brooms!

 

This trip is FULL.

Confirmed -Air Force ROTC

If you are a confirmed Air Force ROTC participant please choose this option as your “required” trip.  Your New Student Cadet Orientation schedule will impact your ability to participate in Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond events on this day only.  Your commanding officer will provide you with additional information throughout the summer. 

Confirmed Athlete -Field Hockey

If you are a confirmed Fall athlete, please choose this option as your “required” trip.  Your preseason schedule may impact your ability to participate in Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond events.  Your coach will provide you with additional information throughout the summer.  

Confirmed Athlete -Football

If you are a confirmed Fall athlete, please choose this option as your “required” trip.  Your preseason schedule may impact your ability to participate in Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond events.  Your coach will provide you with additional information throughout the summer.  

Confirmed Athlete -Golf

If you are a confirmed Fall athlete, please choose this option as your “required” trip.  Your preseason schedule may impact your ability to participate in Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond events.  Your coach will provide you with additional information throughout the summer.  

Confirmed Athlete -Men's Soccer

If you are a confirmed Fall athlete, please choose this option as your “required” trip.  Your preseason schedule may impact your ability to participate in Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond events.  Your coach will provide you with additional information throughout the summer.  

Confirmed Athlete -Women's Soccer

If you are a confirmed Fall athlete, please choose this option as your “required” trip.  Your preseason schedule may impact your ability to participate in Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond events.  Your coach will provide you with additional information throughout the summer.  

 

Destination Dance

Come and learn new dance moves during this workshop with the RPI Dance Team coach and officers! Whether you have previous dance experience or not, this is a great opportunity to learn fun choreography and meet new people.  We will be teaching jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical routines in beginner and advanced groups.  Be sure to wear clothes you can dance in.  Can’t wait to see you there!

Develop and Explore with the RPI Photo Club

Join the RPI Photo Club on an adventure discovering different lighting techniques. Explore different workshops to improve your photography skills. Learn to manage and edit your shots in post-processing and create your own workflow. Finish the experience with completed prints of your favorite shots in our own full darkroom and digital imaging lab.  No experience necessary.  Various film and digital cameras and supplies are available from the club, if needed.

 

This trip is FULL.

 

Engineering a ChemE Car

Are you interested in designing, building, and running a small car powered by a chemical reaction? Then get your hands dirty and your brain engaged in an exciting team-building experience that'll give you a flavor of what RPI's own Chem-E-Car Team is all about. In the morning you will use your engineering skills to design the vehicle and your chemistry knowledge to design its control scheme. In the afternoon you will use your problem solving skills to deliver a payload of water a certain distance as accurately as possible. While this experience is geared towards Chemical Engineers, other students with a strong interest in this intensive design-build team are also welcomed to sign up!

 

This trip is FULL.

Engineering Speed

Working with members of Rensselaer Motorsport, you will have the opportunity to design and build a small go-kart from scratch. Teamwork and engineering skills will be essential to complete this project. You will learn what it’s like to design, test, and race a racecar. On the second day of the activity you will be able to race the go-kart against the clock. You will also have a chance to see the 2016 Formula SAE Race Car on the track. This is a great program for anyone interested in engineering or accelerating from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. Experienced and non-experienced students are welcome!

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

This trip is FULL.

Exploring Electronics with REV

Explore electronics with REV by building simple games and interactive devices from electronics kits. Each participant will receive one kit to assemble, solder, and test. There will also be a chance to meet members of RPI's Rensselaer Electric Vehicle team and to see their work environment and vehicles! No experience with electronics is required.

 

This trip is FULL.

Exploring the Martial Arts

Come and enjoy a day full of learning and new experiences in the martial arts! Hosted by the Sport Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, and Kendo clubs, you will have the opportunity to experience what each martial art club has to offer. Students will get a good taste of what each martial art teaches in terms of techniques and exercise from their participation and from watching demos.  Students of all skill levels and physical fitness are welcome, so whether you’re experienced or you’d like to learn something new and exciting, come train with us!  Loose-fitting workout clothing and sneakers are required.  We recommend bringing a water bottle as well!  No prior experience or athletic ability is needed.

 

This trip is FULL.

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Alto Saxophone

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Alto Saxophone section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

This trip is FULL.

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Baritone Saxophone

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Baritone Saxophone section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

 

This trip is FULL.

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Bass Clarinet

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Bass Clarinet section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Bassoon

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Bassoon section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

 

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Clarinet

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Clarinet section**

 

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Euphonium/Baritone

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Euphonium/Baritone section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

 

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Flute

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Flute section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

Fanfare 2020 - Band, French Horn

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, French Horn section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

 

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Oboe

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the band, Oboe section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Percussion

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Percussion section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Tenor Saxophone

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Tenor Saxophone section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

 

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Trombone

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020 you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Trombone section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

 

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Trumpet

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Trumpet section**

 

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

Fanfare 2020 - Band, Tuba

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Band, Tuba section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

 

Fanfare 2020 -Jazz Ensemble, Alto Saxophone

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Jazz Ensemble, Alto Saxophone section**

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.

 

This trip is FULL.

Fanfare 2020 -Jazz Ensemble, Baritone Saxophone

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Jazz Ensemble, Baritone Saxophone section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

Fanfare 2020 -Jazz Ensemble, Bass

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Jazz Ensemble, Bass section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

 

 

This trip is FULL.

Fanfare 2020 -Jazz Ensemble, Drum Set

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Jazz Ensemble, Drum Set section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

This trip is FULL.

Fanfare 2020 -Jazz Ensemble, Guitar

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Jazz Ensemble, Guitar section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

 

 

This trip is FULL.

Fanfare 2020 -Jazz Ensemble, Piano

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Jazz Ensemble, Piano section**

 

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

This trip is FULL.

 

 

Fanfare 2020 -Jazz Ensemble, Tenor Saxophone

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Jazz Ensemble, Tenor Saxophone  section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

Fanfare 2020 -Jazz Ensemble, Trombones

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Jazz Ensemble, Trombone section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

Fanfare 2020 -Jazz Ensemble, Trumpet

Interested in musical performance at Rensselaer? If you have experience performing in a traditional orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, or jazz ensemble then come join us for two days of fun, excitement, and music making. While meeting fellow musicians of the Class of 2020, you will have the opportunity to learn challenging new music in a relaxed setting. The program will culminate with a concert on Thursday night in the EMPAC Concert Hall, where fellow classmates will be invited to hear you play. This is an excellent time to get to know your fellow classmates, meet and talk to upperclassmen, and learn about the many performance opportunities at Rensselaer. You are encouraged to bring your own instrument. The Rensselaer Music Association has a limited supply of instruments which are available for use throughout the event.

**This registration is for students participating in the Jazz Ensemble, Trumpet section**

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

Flat Water Kayaking

Come and spend the day on the water! The base of the Adirondacks is less than an hour from RPI and offers a number of great places to paddle. This trip is for anyone interested in spending the day kayaking 14 miles down the upper Hudson River. The trip will start with a safety briefing, then on to the river we go! This is a strenuous activity and you must be able to swim.

 

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Formula Hybrid Go-Kart Build

The Rensselaer Formula Hybrid Team designs and builds a formula-style car powered by an internal combustion engine and parallel electric drivetrain. In the two-day program, students will work as a team to assemble and upgrade a small-scale, custom designed go-kart with assistance from current team members. This is a hands-on project that would provide valuable experience on engineering and automotive systems. At the end of the program everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy driving around in the cart. Teamwork, a passion for going fast, and an interest in hybrid technologies are the only requirements for this project. Please wear closed-toe shoes during the program. All are welcome, experienced or not; this is a fantastic opportunity for all those interested in engineering or electronics!

 

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HackRPI

HackNRB is a one and a half day race to create a software application using your creativity and ingenuity.  Programming experience is not required – mentors will help your team learn whatever you need as you work to create an impressive project, learn about programming and meet new teammates and friends.

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

 

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Introduction to Precision Air Rifle Marksmanship

Interested in rifle marksmanship? You’re invited to experience a day of skill building lessons with the RPI Rifle Club. Held on campus at RPI’s own rifle range, this program is specially designed for participants with little to no prior shooting experience. Come learn the basics of precision air rifle marksmanship with your new classmates – then put them to the test in a mock competition.

 

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LARPing Experience

Have you ever wanted to try role-playing, but don’t want to sit around a table and roll dice? Do you want to do improv without the risk of embarrassing yourself in front of an audience? Then join us for a day of live action role-playing! Take on a new persona and work with or against others to achieve your goals. Charm, bluff, bargain, negotiate, and bribe your way to success in two scenarios. All our games are non-contact LARPs with no experience needed! There will be secrets, intrigue, drama, and action!

 

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Mashup! A Collaborative EMPAC Experience

What better way to say hello to your new classmates and friends than to have them roll up on an epic night of sound + vision? In this hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with EMPAC staff as performers and crew to produce and execute a live multimedia audio visual event! This day and a half creative, interactive activity will culminate in a wild multimedia event at EMPAC, where you will show off your skills to the rest of your classmates. Hand-on tracks will include lighting, audio, video and stage technology and you will be matched up with an EMPAC mentor to walk you through the creative process. State-of-the-art software and technology will be at the tips of your fingers, and what you bring to the event will be up to you!

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

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Poly Press Pass

BREAKING NEWS: Incoming students to report on NRB programs and activities. Join the staff of The Rensselaer Polytechnic to learn how our newspaper is put together weekly! This day-and-a-half program puts you in the field, behind a camera, or in front of a layout computer to produce the annual Press Pass section of the first issue of the year. We’re looking for writers, photographers, layout designers, and people with skills that would bring the paper together in almost no time at all. You’ll spend NRB meeting new people, interviewing RPI administrators, photographing sports events, writing news stories, and more. If you’re passionate about learning new things, getting the word out, or taking pictures up close and personal at shows, hockey games, and more, join us for NRB 2016!  It’s a great and awesome way to gain experience in any or all of these fields. Who knows? You might become editor in chief someday!

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

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Rensselaer Outing Club Caving Trip

Have you ever wanted to explore underground? Believe it or not, in and around Albany County there are 80 different caves waiting to be visited! Join the Rensselaer Outing Club in exploring two of our favorite caves, Clarksville cave and Knox cave. You will get the opportunity to squeeze, crawl, and explore these caves with us. Caves tend to be dark, cold, cramped, dirty, and wet. We recommend students wear synthetic layers, bring a towel, and come prepared to get dirty. Do not select this trip if you are uncomfortable in dark, tight, and confined spaces.  Moderate Physical Fitness is required.

 

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Rensselaer Outing Club Mt. Greylock Hike

If you are someone who loves the outdoors, this is the trip for you! The trip leaders of the Rensselaer Outing Club will be guiding you on a hike to the summit of Mount Greylock via the Appalachian Trail. This will be a section of the trail that runs from Maine to Georgia and travels along mountains with beautiful views. The total hiking distance is about seven miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet. The difficulty is intermediate, and although we will be traveling at a slow pace, moderate physical fitness is recommended.

 

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Rescue Mission Outreach

Come work with the Rensselaer Christian Association serving those in need in the Capital Region! We will be going to the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany. There we will serve food to the homeless, help with chores around the mission, and find out what it means to serve our surrounding communities. The Capital City Rescue Mission is full of great people and we would love to have you join us in partnering with them. If you are not Christian, don't know what you believe, or just have no interest in the Rensselaer Christian Association, that's fine too! Whatever your reason for serving, we welcome you to join us.  Please wear closed toed shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.

 

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Rescue, Recycle & Grow

Learn about sustainability in the Troy area, with SSTF and Ecologic, two RPI environmental organizations. We will grow food, see how electronics are recycled in Troy, and learn how to repair bikes.  Be prepared to spend some time outside doing work, as we will be spending a bulk of time on an outdoor urban farm.

 

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Rowing with Rensselaer

Rowing with Rensselaer incorporates team-building exercises with the sport of rowing. In the morning, you will learn how to move boats into and out of the boathouse, how to de-rig, re-rig, change the foot stretcher positions, and water/boathouse safety. First a short run and warm-up circuits in the morning will be done to get your blooding pumping and ready to row.  Then you will learn the proper rowing stroke and participate in erg relays to facilitate teamwork. After lunch, a few hours will be spent on the water, getting used to rowing together as a team of 8 down the Hudson River. You should wear light, athletic clothing, but nothing too baggy (i.e. no big basketball shorts). Bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and comfortable running shoes. You must be able to swim, however swimming is not anticipated. 

 

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RPI Flying Club: Aviation Experience

Join the RPI Flying Club in a day of aviation adventure!  Once we arrive to Schenectady County airport, we will rotate between several events: a tour of the National Guard base, a guided tour of the Schenectady County control tower and a chance to try the full motion flight simulator!  Please note: you need a government issued to go on this trip (i.e., a driver’s license or US passport must be in hand).

 

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RPI Players Experience -Acting Experience

First-year students interested in a unique theatrical experience are invited to join Rensselaer’s theater club, the RPI Players, in an exciting two-day program. You will work with other first-year students and a selection of upper-class students to produce a full-blown theatrical production in just 48 hours to be performed for your classmates! When you register, indicate your primary area of interest. We will need both actors and a technical crew to pull together three one-act plays. No experience is necessary.

*This registration only for the acting experience.

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

RPI Players Experience -Technical Experience

First-year students interested in a unique theatrical experience are invited to join Rensselaer’s theater club, the RPI Players, in an exciting two-day program. You will work with other first-year students and a selection of upper-class students to produce a full-blown theatrical production in just 48 hours to be performed for your classmates! When you register, indicate your primary area of interest. We will need both actors and a technical crew to pull together three one-act plays. No experience is necessary.

*This registration only for the technical, building experience.

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

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RPI Relief: Mighty Waters

Join in the RPI Relief effort to help restore the community damaged by the flood waters of Hurricane Irene in 2011. We will be helping to develop a new community park in our efforts to help the community in its ongoing restoration resulting from this 500 year storm.

RPI Traditions

Hockey Line, Meanest Man on Campus, the Alma Mater… are you curious? These three Traditions are part of the rich history and distinctive campus life at RPI.  Guided by current students and alumni, your team will explore rarely seen campus destinations and discover historic RPI Traditions. During this interactive journey, you will hear peculiar and zany stories about RPI’s past – get the inside scoop and hear firsthand about RPI’s legacy from those who came before you. In the afternoon, you will join forces in an Amazing Race Traditions game that will bring you through campus to these unique locations to solve puzzles based on many RPI traditions. At day’s end, your team will have the chance to win great RPI prizes. 

 

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RPI TV Creative Production

Design a creative production from start to finish. Work through the planning phase, including storyboarding and scripting, and film the production in whatever way your group decides. The final portion of the program will be the editing of your short film. When complete, it will be posted on rpitv.org for all to see. The entire RPI TV arsenal of equipment including multiple HD cameras, lighting kits, microphones, and props will all be available for use.

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.

 

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RPIgnite: Heartbeat of Rensselaer

RPIgnite specializes in performance percussion and can even be described at the heartbeat of Rensselaer!  Learn several pieces using only percussion and join us for a performance during NRB week for your peers. Learn proper drumming techniques, unique rhythms, and develop acting skills. All experience levels are welcome to come and participate.  This trip is sure to rock the house!

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

Rugby 101

Join the RPI Rugby Club for an exciting introduction to the fast-growing sport of college rugby. Participants will learn basic skills, concepts, and strategies of rugby, followed by a co-ed touch tournament and a chance to show off their newly learned skills. Ladies, don't be afraid to join us; we have a women's team and there will be women members present! Participants in this activity must be in good physical condition, but no experience is necessary! Gym clothes and running shoes are a must.

 

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Sheer Idiocy's Idioexperience

Welcome to the Sheer Idiocy Idioexperience! Do you like making things up? Do you like watching Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Then you must love improvisational comedy! RPI’s best and only improv troupe, Sheer Idiocy, will take you under their wing to learn the essentials of improvisation. The day will culminate with participants putting together and performing an improv show that night in “Pack the Union” with the club members, known campus-wide as the Idiots.

Sustainable Iron Chef

Do you enjoy cooking? Are you interested in learning more about sustainability efforts on campus?  This day will be spent buying local, organic food, learning valuable cooking tips from RPI chefs, taking part in an Iron Chef-style cooking competition, and last but not least, eating. The program will be hosted by the team members of the only student-run organic café, The Terra Café and RPI’s own chefs. If you like to cook or are interested in learning more about cooking, this is the program for you!

 

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The Ultimate Game

According to The New York Times, playing Ultimate Frisbee makes you smarter. Seriously, look it up. Then come see what this amazing sport is all about. If you’ve never played before, you will spend some time learning the basic skills and strategy that will make you a star player. Then we will split up into teams and play in a round-robin tournament. We hope you join us for a day of fun in the sun!

 

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UPAC's Union After Dark

Plan an event you’d love to go to! You’ll have one day to plan Union After Dark, a night of events and games in the Student Union. Decide what activities to do, what food to serve, and how to use the space – anything you can think of to make this an event with something everyone will enjoy! Then, make your event a reality, with the opportunity to learn about and use our state of the art lighting and live sound equipment. At the end of the day, join your classmates at the event you created!

weR BUILDING

Ever wanted to deliberately over-engineer a machine that performs a simple task in the most complex way possible? Come join weR: The Spirit of Rensselaer Society in building Rube Goldberg machines! You will be split into teams to use materials acquired from various Rensselaer departments, clubs, and organizations to build the most intricate and exciting Rube Goldberg machine! Not only will you be building this contraption, but you’ll also get the chance to build new friendships with those participating in this program, and get a head start on learning about the great clubs and organizations that Rensselaer has to offer! If you’ve never engineered anything, don’t sweat it! Rensselaer faculty members will be available to answer any building questions you may have.

 

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WRPI LOVE RADIO

Have you ever wanted to have your voice heard throughout four states? Do you enjoy talking about music and sharing your tastes with friends? WRPI is one of the Capital District's oldest running radio stations and one of the most wide reaching student run stations. Come learn the ins and outs of radio, audio mixing, and announcing with current student DJs. Make a playlist, browse our massive music library, and then have your very own show broadcast across a 75 mile radius! You'll also get a chance to see what goes into putting a live band on air, explore our tech department and see what cool gadgets we have!

 

**This is an extended trip --it will run Wednesday, August 24th and August 25th.  Please do not select a Thursday trip in addition to this trip.  

 

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Thursday Trips

CEO’s Rensselaer Family Resource Center

Decorate our Early Childhood public and classroom space with murals.  We are looking for artistic students who can design and paint their own mural.  It does not have to be complex, and will ideally stimulate creativity in the young minds of the children (ages 0-5) who attend our centers during the school year.

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CEO’s Schodack Family Resource Center

Decorate our Early Childhood public and classroom space with murals.  We are looking for artistic students who can design and paint their own mural.  It does not have to be complex, and will ideally stimulate creativity in the young minds of the children (ages 0-5) who attend our centers during the school year.

 

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Design a Better World with Design For America

Dive into the world of design and capture the character of the Troy community with an interactive scavenger hunt throughout the city and RPI campus! Participants will form teams to compete in a series of design-related challenges, and only when the tasks are completed will they continue on to the next destination, just like the popular Amazing Race! DFA Members will also be running a short skills workshop in Photoshop! Join us for this great opportunity to immerse yourself in the Troy/RPI culture and learn some awesome design skills! (Bring your phone to take pictures!) 

 

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Donuts and Deadlifts

Come lift, learn, and get seriously strong with the RPI Weightlifting Club! During the course of the day, both new lifters and gym rats alike will get a chance to increase their knowledge and interest in different types of weightlifting, show off their muscle and strength- and of course, build some more! Newer lifters will learn proper technique and mechanics for performing key movements in all strength sports (squats, deadlifts, presses, cleans), while more experienced lifters will break off with our advanced RPI WLC members for clinics in different areas of interest (powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, bodybuilding). Information about building strength, muscle, healthy living and healthy eating in college will be discussed in depth. Competitions and challenges will be held, giving everyone the chance to test their strength and new abilities, and motivate each other to get stronger-and of course, more swole! If you’ve ever wanted to learn proper technique to be safe and see consistent progress in the gym, want to increase your knowledge and skill under a barbell, and become the strongest version of yourself, this is the program for you!

 

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Enchanted City Steampunk Squadron

Come downtown to build a steampunk city!  As a part of the Enchanted City Festival on August 27th, we're recruiting good citizens to help us put the finishing touches on maps, signage, and decorative flair needed to transform downtown Troy into steampunk central.

 

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Frear Park Community Service

Come help make the world a cleaner place by joining Alpha Phi Omega for blazing forest trails at Frear Park. Frear park is a fun park near campus with hiking trails, tennis courts, a golf course, and fishing ponds. After the trail clearing we will take a short scenic walk around the park, with great views extending all the way to downtown Albany.

 

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Joseph’s House & Shelter Reach Out

Joseph’s House & Shelter provides emergency shelter to almost 1000 men, women and children every year. In addition to the shelter, Joseph’s House runs two buildings for men and women who have been chronically homeless and whose health has made it impossible for them to stay housed in the community. These 3 buildings, all in Troy, are in continual need of updating and maintaining. Your morning with Joseph’s House may include cleaning windows, yard work or  general maintenance; if a farmer has dropped off excess vegetables there could be kitchen prep for some of the group; if a room has just been vacated – never empty for more than a day - then it can be painted; or it might be the fence or gazebo that needs the paint.  We cannot be certain of the tasks at this point, but we can assure you, you will be doing valuable work on behalf some of those most in need in our community. 

 

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Maker Morning at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity

Come be a maker for the morning at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity where you'll be working on staging the makerspace and building maker goodies in preparation for the Troy Mini Maker Faire on August 27th.  Working in the maker space, you'll get to see first hand the makerspace and learn about the tools available and projects underway.

 

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RPI SCORE Day

STRIDE is a volunteer non-profit organization that provides adaptive sports and recreation activities to people with special needs to change lives through the fun of recreation and sport.  STRIDE Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education is home to many year-round exciting outdoor education programs which include themed tent camping, archery, paintball biathlon, snowshoeing, disc golf, fishing and hiking.  

To continue providing such services, STRIDE is looking for volunteers to participate in a few hours of community service, helping to clear trails, rake leaves, stack wood and paint. This trip is for you if you're looking for a way to start giving back to the community while also seeing the greater Capital District!

 

*proper footwear and sunscreen & bug spray are required!

 

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Survive the Apocalypse: Humans Versus Zombies

The fact that you’re here at RPI means you have a good functioning brain, and that means one thing – you’re a prime target for zombies! Not to fear though, because RPI Humans vs Zombies is a game designed to prepare you for the impending apocalypse. It’s the big brother of playground tag, played with Nerf blasters and a sense of anxious adventure. The Humans defend themselves from Zombies with Nerf blasters to delay their inevitable demise, and the Zombies just keep coming until the last Human is tagged and turned.

This game involves a decent amount of physical activity – you’ll need to run to avoid the zombies (or catch the humans), after all. Don’t have your own blasters? No worries, the club has plenty of equipment that can be signed out.

 

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Troy Innovative Garage Cleanup

Come explore and learn more about Troy Innovation Garage entrepreneurial ecosystem for creative companies while making it a fun place to work out of. The Garage consist of co-working and incubator space where ideas run free and people have the resources they need to fully tap their potential. There will be opportunity to make this transformative business ecosystem a neat workplace by cleaning the surroundings and also finishing the final touches before the grand opening.
 
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Urban Exploration

For those who are new to the capital region and are interested in learning about the culture, the history and the government, this trip is for you!  We will take you on an urban exploration to expose you to some of the most significant landmarks in the region, where innovative and entrepreneurial spirits - many of whom are Rensselaer alums - created and impacted policy that changed the world. Among the sites visited will be the Erie Canal, the State Capitol and the New York State Museum. 

 

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YWCA: On a Mission

The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We fulfill this mission from our beautiful, historic, 100-year-old building in Downtown Troy. Home to more than 170 women and 50 children each year, the building is constantly in need of maintenance and beautification. Join us to help paint and repair some of the most needed common areas in the building, while learning more about our organization and interacting with residents.

 

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NRB Overnight Experience (optional)
Sunday, August 21 – Tuesday, August 23

You have the opportunity to take part in one of our exciting overnight trips. These 3-day, 2-night trips are designed to help you connect with Rensselaer classmates, faculty, and staff before the official NRB Week kicks off.

Student who live farther than 300 miles from campus and wish to register for an overnight trip should register for Student Orientation Session 4.

Participants will be assigned to the overnights on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a fee for each trip, which must be paid in full to reserve your place. The program fee includes round-trip transportation from the Rensselaer campus to your adventure, room and board for the duration of the program, and any associated program costs. Unless specifically stated, no additional equipment is required.

All students attending an overnight trip will leave from the Rensselaer campus on Sunday, August 21, and return in time for the Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond kickoff event on Tuesday, August 23.  Students should plan to move into their residence hall and attend the brief informational meeting (Move-in dates vary by Student Orientation session, please see the moving in page for details), families are also welcome to stay and attend this meeting. 

Must be completed by July 1st. Overnight trip assignments will be e-mailed to participant’s RPI e-mail address.

Overnight Events

"Camp College" at Timber Lake Camp

Experience the magic of camp at Timber Lake Camp (timberlakecamp.com) in the beautiful Catskill mountains of NY.  This trip is for you if you enjoy the conveniene of a modern bathroom and shower and an air conditioned bunk.  Spend the most fun 3 days and 2 nights of your summer at Timber Lake doing activities like: 

  • Swimming, kayaking, and canoeing in our spring-fed lakes, shooting down the jet-propelled water slide, and jumping on the water trampoline
  • Flying over the lake on the zip-line, reaching the top of the climbing wall, and completing the high ropes adventure course
  • Making s'mores and telling stories around the camp fire pit 
  • Enjoying delicious camp meals like an outdoor barbecue dinner
  • Relaxing in a place where it's cool to be yourself and just HAVE FUN

RPI campers at "Camp College" will enjoy 3 days with tons of different fun activity choices like the ones above that will allow them to make new friends fast, learn important team-building lessons, and experience the magic of camp. Campers will sleep two nights in a camp cabin with 10-12 other RPI students and engage in different activities every day led by the staff at Timber Lake Camp.  See you at camp!

 

This trip does NOT have a camp release form.

Camp Chingachgook – Backpacking (Big Boulder)

You should go on this trip if….

  • You enjoy a physical challenge.
  • You enjoy the sense of accomplishment as you summit a peak.
  • You are ready for a true adventure!

This hike will leave from camp the first day and hike the shore trail at which point we will drop our packs and head towards Shelving Rock Falls for lunch. Returning to our packs we will bushwhack up towards our campsite Big Boulder for the evening to enjoy gorgeous views of the lake. The following day we bushwhack up the mighty Buck Mountain for views stretching for miles up the lake and on a clear day the High Peaks. On the final day you will break camp and head back to Chingachgook stopping at first lookout along the way for one last glimpse of the lake with friends.

The group will stay in tents along the way with majestic sunsets of the lake as you come to a close of the day. Explore, swim and watch the sunrise over the lake this summer with new found friends!

 

 

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Camp Chingachgook – Kayak Lake George

You should go on this trip if….

  • You enjoy paddling and water based activities.
  • You want to camp on an island, explore and meet new friends.
  • You have a sense of adventure!

Paddle one of the northeast’s most beautiful waterways. The journey begins on the shores of Chingachgook and then heads north past scenic bays and majestic mountains. We camp among the hundreds of state-owned islands while seeking hidden natural treasures that have made Lake George one of the most popular lakes in the Adirondacks. Stopping along the way to visit beautiful waterfalls and if the group is willing; summit a peak surrounding the lake.

The group will stay in tent campsites on one of the islands in the Narrows region of the lake, preparing meals under the stars in the evening. Explore, swim and watch the sunrise over the lake this summer with new found friends!

 

This trip is SOLD OUT.

Camp Gorham Overnight Experience

Eagle Bay, NY

This trip is for you if…

  • The idea of being immersed in the Adirondack wilderness sounds like a great way to finish your summer
  • You don’t mind leaving modern conveniences behind for a few days
  • You are into new Adventures,  like Horseback riding, challenge courses, kayaking and archery
  • You want to have a great time!

During the day at Camp Gorham you’ll be able to challenge yourself and have fun! Whether it’s up in the air on our high ropes challenge course, closer to the ground on our bouldering wall, out on the water in canoes and kayaks, on horseback, or with each other in tricky teambuilding challenges.

Spend you evenings cooking over a campfire and sharing stories with friends. You’ll stay in classic Adirondack lean-tos with only what you can carry with you. Full bathroom and shower facilities are available in main camp if you need them. This is a fantastic opportunity to take on a new adventure while making new friends and enjoying pure Adirondack wilderness.

We’ll see you there!

Camp Sloane Overnight Experience

Camp Sloane YMCA, Lakeville, Conn.

You should go on this trip if…

  • You like camping, but still want a real bathroom
  • You’re interested in building teamwork and leadership skills
  • You love the outdoors
  • You want to try to make it to the top of the climbing wall
  • You want to participate in the high ropes during the NRB day trips
  • You want to have fun!

This two-night three-day overnight experience at Camp Sloane YMCA will provide a true outdoor experience! You will participate in a wide variety of outdoor adventure-based activities. These activities are intended to help you get to know your classmates on more than a surface level, develop a support group amongst your peers, and practice group problem-solving and communication skills that will help you further your ambitions as engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists and in your personal life. You will live in a 14 foot by 14 foot canvas-wall, platform tent with modern bathroom facilities adjacent to each living area.  A detailed packing list will be emailed to all confirmed participants.

Camp Sloane YMCA is located in the northwestern corner of Connecticut on over 250 acres of prime hiking and orienteering woodlands in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Specializing in outdoor adventure-based team-building, Camp Sloane YMCA is home to a nine-station high ropes course, two-team high ropes elements, two full low ropes courses, a vertical play pen, and a multi-station trek low ropes course. Many before you have gone and fallen in love with Camp Sloane YMCA. For more information on the Camp Sloane YMCA site, visit www.campsloane.org.

 

Camp Woodstock Overnight Experience

Woodstock Valley, CT

This trip is for you if…

  • You want to make new friends
  • You want to develop your leadership and teambuilding skills
  •  You are comfortable living in a cabin with 12-16 of your peers and having a short walk to the bathroom
  • You are looking to experience traditional camp activities like archery, boating, and climbing

Build friendship and memories at YMCA Camp Woodstock.  At camp you will challenge yourself by trying new things, be empowered to be creative, meet new people and build life-long relationships.  

A variety of activities will be planned throughout the day and into the evening.  Some of our activities include: archery, bb gunnery, climbing tower, high ropes, boating, swimming, fishing, teambuilding challenges and campfires.  All of our activities are designed for a wide range of abilities.  You will live in a cabin with 12-16 of your peers.  Our cabins are simple with wooden bunk beds, sliding screened windows and electricity.  The modern bathrooms are just a short walk away.

 

Canoeing and Hiking Overnight Experience

You should go on this trip if…

  •  You like adventure
  • You’re not afraid of getting wet!
  • You want to meet other first-year students that also enjoy canoeing and hiking
  •  You wouldn’t mind sleeping in a tent lake side
  • You want to have fun!

This trip is an excellent way to see the Adirondacks and get connected with classmates.  This three-day, two-night experience starts out paddling into your campsite on day one, followed by your choice of either hiking or fishing on day two.  Day three will continue with more canoeing.  This trip will entail camping lake side at night in tents, without bathroom facilities –a real outdoor experience.  Please bring your fishing pole if you are interested in fishing.

During this adventure each person becomes an integral part of a team that must work collaboratively to overcome challenges such as lighting a fire, cooking meals, and transporting your gear.  Participants are encouraged to come prepared for an amazing camping experience.  In addition, participants are requested to bring their own sleeping bag, ground pad and backpack.  A detailed packing list will be emailed to all confirmed participants.  

 

This trip is FULL.

Darrin Fresh Water Institute Overnight Experience

Darrin Fresh Water Institute, Bolton Landing, N.Y.

You should go on this trip if…

  • You have an interest in biology, ecology, the environment, or just being outside!
  • You want to work directly with Rensselaer faculty and see what kind of research they perform
  • You wouldn’t mind cooking with some new friends
  • You don’t mind staying at an amazing facility!
  • You want to have fun!

Rensselaer’s Darrin Fresh Water Institute, an all-season academic and research facility located at the gateway of the Adirondack Park on the western shore of Lake George, provides you with the opportunity to learn about its distinctive environmental surroundings. You will be presented with environmentally based team-building activities, all at the foot of the Tongue Mountain Range and the historic Narrows of Lake George.

Relationships begin immediately as you plan your meals and negotiate your many choices of activities. Activities include hikes through the Tongue Mountain Range, an Adirondack nature scavenger hunt, a live rattlesnake demonstration and canoeing, kayaking and swiming. You will get to experience all of this while learning environmental and scientific skills such as the basic practices of limnology (fresh water science) and aquatic species identification, as well as training in the use of lab instruments.

Lodging accommodations have been arranged in the newly renovated Education Center, which was originally an Adirondack lodge built in 1896. The newly renovated center offers the warmth of a beautiful Adirondack décor, a large modern kitchen, and recreation room with full computer media capabilities. The communal nature of your stay at the Darrin Fresh Water Institute will foster long-lasting skills, friendships, and experiences. A detailed packing list will be emailed to all confirmed participants.

 

This trip does NOT have a camp release form.

 

Habitat for Humanity Overnight Experience

Rensselaer County Habitat for Humanity, Rensselaer Co., N.Y.

You should go on this trip if…

  • You want to help local people
  • You’ve always wanted to build a house but never had the chance!
  • You don’t mind getting a little dirty while having fun
  • You want to leave your mark on the community. When you have friends or family visit, you can say, “I helped build that house!”
  • You want to have fun!

This year we will have an exciting Habitat build site in the Capital District! Join members of Rensselaer’s Habitat for Humanity student club and local chapter members in building a safe and affordable home for a family in need. Rensselaer students have been building for Habitat for Humanity homes in Rensselaer County for over 10 years.

No experience is needed as you and your fellow classmates partake in the fun, challenging and rewarding task of building a house from the bottom up. You will be provided with all the tools and knowledge you need to know about building homes on site by members of Habitat for Humanity.

After working hard helping others, you will set up camp in the evening with your teammates in the Chapel + Cultural Center, located near campus, and enjoy dinner with the company of your classmates.

 

This trip is SOLD OUT.

Larkum Lake Overnight Experience

Larkum Lake Camp, Otis, MA

You should go on this trip if…

  • You enjoy the comfort of a lodge with electricity and indoor bathrooms
  • You are interested in making new friends
  • You want to have fun!

This overnight experience will provide you a chance to get to know your classmates through a variety of activities including icebreakers, low rope challenges, swimming and canoeing. Although no experience is necessary, hiking will be involved. Enjoy spending the night by a camp fire acting out skits or making smores! This three-day, two-night experience will give you a lifetime of memories and a great group of friends. The Larkum Lake Camp is located in the heart of the Berkshire hills. Approximately 90 minutes from RPI, the camp sits on the edge of Larkum Lake, has a low-ropes course and trails for hiking. For more information on the camp itself, visit http://www.bccymca.org/boc/facilities-meals/campuses/boc-larkum-lake. A detailed packing list will be emailed to all confirmed participants.

 

This trip is SOLD OUT.

Rock Climbing Overnight Experience

Camp Chingachgook, Lake George, N.Y.

You should go on this trip if…

  • You aren’t afraid of heights
  • You want to try something new
  • You’re all about teamwork
  • You want to have fun!

An experience you will not forget! Get to know your fellow classmates as you challenge yourself with beginning and intermediate climbs on some of the famous natural rock faces in the Keene Valley area of the Adirondack Mountains. Learn and practice new techniques or refine existing skills under the guidance of experienced Camp Chingachgook Trip Leaders and enjoy nights chatting around the campfire while making new friends on this three-day, two-night trip. Bring a sleeping bag and ground pad as you’ll be spending two nights at a local campground (with nearby basic bathroom facilities). A detailed packing list will be emailed to all confirmed participants.

 

This trip is SOLD OUT.

Set Sail! Overnight Experience

Camp Chingachgook, Lake George, N.Y.

You should go on this trip if…

  • You enjoy being on the water
  • An outhouse works for you
  • You think sleeping on an island sounds like a good time
  • You want to have fun!

It is sure to be a splash! If you enjoy sailing or are interested in learning more about sailing, this trip is for you. Come aboard the 24 foot sailboats and go sailing on the beautiful, crystal-clear Lake George in the Adirondacks. Set up your home base on an island campsite on Lake George for this three-day, two-night experience and spend your days trimming the sails, learning the mechanics, going fender-boarding, swimming, basking, and getting to know your fellow classmates. Chat under the stars around an evening campfire and then retire for the evening in the tents. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and ground pad with you. A limited amount of sleeping bags are available for loan – please contact the Office of the First-Year Experience at (518) 276-8632 for more information. A detailed packing list will be emailed to all confirmed participants.

 

This trip is SOLD OUT.

Whitewater Rafting & Hiking Experience

You should go on this trip if…

  • You like adventure
  • You’re not afraid of getting wet!
  • You want to meet other first-year students that also enjoy rafting and being outdoors
  • You wouldn’t mind sleeping in a tent riverside
  • You want to have fun!

Whitewater rafting is a FANTASTIC way to see the Adirondacks and get connected with classmates. This three-day, two-night experience starts out rafting down class III rapids on day one, followed by your choice of either hiking or fishing on day two. Day three will continue with more whitewater rafting. This trip will entail camping riverside at night in tents without bathroom facilities – a real outdoor experience. Please bring your fishing pole if you are interested in fishing.

During this adventure each person becomes an integral part of a team that must work collaboratively to overcome challenges such as lighting a fire, cooking meals, and transporting your gear. Participants are encouraged to come prepared for an amazing camping experience. In addition, participants are requested to bring their own sleeping bag, ground pad, and backpack. A detailed packing list will be emailed to all confirmed participants.

 

This trip is SOLD OUT.