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Learn new skills... Have the time of your life!
This year’s Scrambles are:
Scramble Title Scramble Dates
Early Athlete/International/SCORE Scramble:
#1) Strawberry Jubilee (Backpack) August 11-16
#2) Rosstafarian Adventure (Canoe/Backpack) August 16-24 #3) A Rossin’ and a Rollin’ (Backpack/Canoe) August 16-24 #4) San Juan Wanderers (Sea Kayak) August 16-24 #5) Outrageous Orcas Orbiters (Sea Kayak) August 16-24 #6) Jonesin’ for Jellies (Sea Kayak) August 16-24 #7) Seaside Swag (Backpack) August 16-24 #8) Tidal Trekking (Backpack) August 16-24 #9) Glacial Glow (Backpack) August 16-24 #10) Glacier Greatness (Backpack) August 17-24 #11) Sacajawea Scavengers (Backpack) August 17-24 #12) Face the Hurricane (Backpack) August 17-24 #13) Smith Family Robinson (Rock Climb) August 17-24 #14) School of Hard Rocks (Rock Climb) August 17-24 #15) Bodaciously Bouncing Boating (Whitewater Rafting) August 17-24 #16) Slammin’ Salmon (Whitewater Kayak) August 17-24 #17) Elkhorn Extravaganza (Backpack) August 18-24 #18) Epic Elkhorn Escape (Backpack) August 18-24 #19) Strawberry Sweetness (Backpack) August 18-24 #20) Strawberry Fields (Backpack) August 18-24 Register at whit.mn/scrambles The 39th Annual Whitman Scrambles Welcome!
Welcome to Whitman College! The Outdoor Program fosters personal growth, facilitates learning and creates recreational opportunities through skills and risk management training, leadership development, and environmentally sound trips in a supportive community. Seven programmatic areas fulfill the Outdoor Program’s mission: Scrambles, Sports Studies, Recreation and Athletics (SSRA) classes, Climbing Center, Rental Shop, speakers and events, trainings, and trips. Trips typically center on the following skill areas: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, cross-country skiing, telemark skiing, and snowshoeing.
This August, the Outdoor Program is sponsoring 20 “Scrambles” designed to introduce new Whitman students to “Seasoned Whitties” and to offer some fun-filled, non-academic aspects of college life. Scrambles help ease the transition from summer activities to college life by giving you the chance to meet new friends before school begins. So, how about starting your Whitman career with a backpacking, canoeing, sea kayaking, climbing, whitewater kayaking or whitewater rafting trip in the spectacular Northwest? This brochure is your invitation to join us on one of 20 wilderness trips for an experience you will never forget!
What are Scrambles?
Scrambles are optional first year wilderness orientation trips and a chance to start college by exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Many colleges offer similar programs, so what makes our program unique? Scrambles trips are 6-9 days in length and are led by other Whitman students involved in the Outdoor Program. Whitman is proud to support one of the oldest wilderness orientation http://www.youtube.
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2gCqeU&feature= youtu.be What are Scrambles like?
Many graduating seniors will tell you that their Scramble was one of the best experiences of college. These trips are fun and a great opportunity to make new friends and start building a community. Students often claim that Scrambles helped them start school more confidently, with a group of friends and a better understanding of life at Whitman. Scramblers have the opportunity to ask their upperclassmen trip leaders about college life, classes, clubs and sports, and to find out about great things to do in Walla Walla.
-1Experience and Fitness Level Unless otherwise noted, Scrambles are geared toward beginners with little or no experience. Some of the trips are more rigorous, while others are more relaxed. If you are in reasonable shape, you should have an enjoyable time, but be sure to check the trip descriptions for more details and specific requirements. Experienced student trip leaders plan and lead all of the Scramble trips.
Space is limited so register right away!
Scrambles are extremely popular and fill up quickly so sign up right away. Submit your application online before June 15. On June 15 we will process applications by random lottery and will try to assign trips based on stated preferences. We will continue to accept and process applications after June 15 on a first-come, first-served basis until all trips are full. We normally have a waiting list so turn in your application by June 15 to improve your chances of getting on a Scramble. Please do not call about registration status before June 30.
2. Once you have decided which trips interest you most, go to whit.mn/scrambles on any web browser. This is our online registration site, “COMPASS.”
3. Log in to our registration site “COMPASS” by using your Whitman username and password.
4. Follow the steps in Compass to preference your top 4 trips, fill out the online waivers, and pay via credit card.
5. You should expect a registration confirmation on your whitmail account.
Payment Process Before the lottery on June 15, a down payment of $300 will be due.
Payment can be made through our online registration system at the time you submit your application. Please contact the Scramble Coordinator directly at email@example.com if you need to pay via an alternate method such as check or money order.
Cancellations and Refunds
• If you cancel before July 15, you will receive the full refund minus a $65 cancellation fee.
• If you cancel after July 15 but 14 days prior to your trip’s starting date, you will receive a 50% refund.
• Fourteen days prior to the Scramble starting date and throughout the duration of the Scramble, all deposit and trip fees are non-refundable.
• If Whitman cancels a trip, which we rarely do, you will be given the choice of a full refund or an alternative trip, if possible.
Scholarship Program The Scrambles Program offers scholarships to students receiving significant need-based financial aid. Scholarships will cover up to 50% of the Scramble cost, depending on the student’s need-based financial aid.
The Outdoor Program will work closely with the Office of Financial Aid and the Dean of Students office to determine specific eligibility. *Depending upon circumstances, some students may qualify for additional funding. If you are applying for additional funds (beyond 50% of your trip’s cost) you will need to contact the Dean of Students office at (509) 527-5158. When registering for your Scramble, you must provide a $300 deposit. If you do not receive enough scholarship, you may choose to receive a full refund of your registration fee and deposit.
*After the initial trip selection lottery on June 15, we will check for your name and level of aid on a list given to us by the financial aid office.
You will then be notified if you qualify for financial aid and receive a scholarship before full trip payment is due on July 15. Your scholarship amount will be deducted from the full trip price.
Safety and Risk There are inherent risks and hazards in living and traveling in the remote wilderness areas where Scrambles travel. Whitman is committed to minimizing these risks as much as possible, but risk cannot be entirely eliminated. Freezing temperatures, rain, snow, rivers, rock fall, lightning, and other hazards encountered during wilderness activities can challenge even the most experienced outdoor leader. Errors in judgment or the unpredictable forces of nature can become potentially life threatening.
Scramble leaders have been selected for their first aid training and backcountry experience. A four-day Scramble leader training further prepares them. They carry first aid kits and are expected to follow Whitman
-3treatment and evacuation guidelines. Each group also carries a cell phone in their vehicle, but these often do not work in remote areas.
The majority of medical incidents such as strains, sprains, scrapes, and minor cuts can be treated in the field. A more serious injury may require evacuation to a medical facility and would need to be covered by a student’s health insurance plan. It could take hours or days to reach definitive medical care depending upon where an injury occurs. It is important that both parents/guardians and participants understand that there are risks. Scramble leaders and participants learn to identify hazards and adapt behavior but they are operating in an environment that can be unpredictable and challenging at times. If you have any further questions about risk management on Scrambles, please contact the Outdoor Program Director or Assistant Director.
All Scramble leaders are required to possess current CPR and First Aid certification. Every Scramble leader team has at least one leader with a more advanced first aid certification such as Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness EMT. Most Scrambles have two or more WFR certified leaders. Scrambles have at least one van certified driver for each passenger van. Scramble leaders also participate in a required four-day backcountry Scramble Leader training provided by Whitman College. Many leaders also have taken an optional elective course such as outdoor leadership, river guide leadership, sea kayak guide leadership or advanced climbing, and/or have professional guiding experience.
Each Scramble carries two first aid kits, four epinephrine doses, and a cell phone in the van. Some Scrambles carry additional communication equipment such as marine radios or emergency locator devices. Leaders are trained to utilize safety and communication equipment. Participants with known allergies and medical conditions are required to bring their own prescriptions. Participants with specific food allergies or restrictions are encouraged to bring a few special food items and work directly with their trip leaders to ensure their dietary needs are met.
Some past Scrambles have had to change their route or go to another area due to wildfire or trail conditions. All leaders will check with the appropriate land management agency in their area before starting to obtain permits and assess conditions.
Expectations Every student plays an important part in the success of their Scramble.
Participants are expected to transport their own gear and share in all trip responsibilities. A positive attitude and good physical condition are important. You will be sleeping outdoors and may be in a co-ed tent
-4group. You are expected to take care of yourself in weather conditions that can sometimes be unpleasant, and you will be involved with setting up and taking down camp, cooking, cleaning, and other group tasks. Your Scramble group will practice Leave No Trace (LNT) techniques in order to help protect the beautiful wilderness areas of the Northwest. Expect the unexpected, and be prepared to be flexible. Weather, trail conditions, and other things may not be what you anticipate. Locations are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as wildfires, road closures or access issues. Humor, a good attitude, hard work, and tolerance for adversity will help you tackle these challenges should they arise. Furthermore, good group dynamics don’t just happen. They are the result of hard work, thoughtful interactions, good intentions, and respect for people with diverse backgrounds. Please join us if you are interested in building a wellfunctioning, cohesive group. Scrambles are designed to ease your transition into life at Whitman College and are a great introduction to the popular Outdoor Program. You will get to develop friendships that will likely last your college career and beyond.
Start your college life on the right foot by joining us on a trip!
Schedule and Travel Plans There are a limited number of flights to Walla Walla, so you should make travel arrangements as soon as you are confirmed on a trip. In July, you will receive an email from your Scramble leaders with additional trip details and instructions on how to indicate your travel plans on our online system. We will make arrangements to pick you up at the Walla Walla Airport. You are on your own if you choose to travel to Walla Walla by other means. All Scrambles will start with a group meeting at 1 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Reid Campus Center on the start date of the Scramble.
For example, if your Scramble dates are August 16-24, you will meet for the first time at 1 p.m. on August 16. If you cannot get a flight to Walla Walla until the mid-afternoon your leaders can work one on one to catch you up.
There are also more flight options into Pasco, WA, and there is a shuttle (the Grape Line (877) 433-4775, www.grapeline.us) that runs three times per day from Pasco to Walla Walla (see additional information on page 6). Your group will spend the afternoon organizing group gear and food. We will provide lodging in Walla Walla for the first night, and your Scramble will leave by van early the next morning. All Scrambles will return to Whitman on August 24, except for the early Scramble which returns on August 16. We will have the Scrambles closing ceremony on the side lawn of Reid Campus Center at 6 p.m. on the evening of August 24. Parents are welcome to join us for fun and reminiscing. After this picnic, Scramblers will be allowed to check into their residence halls between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., but will not be able to get their belongings from storage until the following morning of August 25 at 9 a.m.
-5What if I arrive a day early?
We have no lodging on campus if you arrive early. Lodging will start on the start date for your trip. However, many Scramble leaders have offcampus housing and most are happy to host you for an extra day. If you plan to arrive early please contact your leaders to let them know so they can help you arrange a place to stay. Otherwise, you can rent a hotel room for the night in Walla Walla. Food and lodging are not provided prior to the official start time at 1 p.m. on the trip start date.
Is there an option for flying other than the Walla Walla Airport?