Collegebound at CSB/SJU

August 19-26, 2020

We are beginning to plan the 2020 Collegebound program.  Check back in Spring 2020 for trip options and registration details.

Email us with questions or for more information:  [email protected]

What Is Collegebound?

  • An optional Outdoor Orientation Program and learning experience for incoming first-year or transfer students at CSB/SJU.
  • All first-year and transfer students are welcome to register for the program.
  • Space is limited and trips almost always fill early.
  • Collegebound students report program outcomes such as:
    • assistance and ease in the transition and adjustment to college
    • increase in self-confidence; self-efficacy
    • interpersonal development (making friends and social connections)
    • learning about CSB/SJU college life from upper class student leaders
    • enjoyment and appreciation of the great outdoors in Northern Minnesota
    • participation in challenging and adventurous activities in a safe and supportive environment
  • Students choose between the base camp trip, backpacking trip, or canoeing trip.
  • No experience is necessary and much of the required equipment/gear is provided.
  • All trips take place in northeastern Minnesota (Boundary Waters and North Shore)
  • We travel to and from Northern MN together, but break into small groups (mostly single-gender) for the majority of the program.
  • Collegebound is an opportunity to learn about yourself and others while developing skills important to college life.
  • Check out some photos from our past trips!
  • 2019 Collegebound Brochure


  • $395 (includes a $100 non-refundable deposit)
  • Payment includes: trip transportation, food, permits, lodging, gear (if needed), and an incredible experience! This cost does NOT cover personal travel expenses from your home to CSB/SJU.
    • Additional costs may include lunch food on the travel days and any souvenirs.
  • If you are unable to make a credit card payment via the registration link, contact Kyle Rauch ( [email protected] or 320-363-2136) to make alternate arrangements.

Trip Itinerary:

  • Wednesday, August 19, Arrive on campus, move into your academic year housing, Collegebound group meeting, gear sorting/packing, and Collegebound orientation dinner
  • Thursday, August 20, Depart for Northern Minnesota trip destinations.
  • Friday-Monday, August 21-24, Canoe, Backpack, Camp, and Adventure in your small Collegebound group
  • Tuesday, August 25, All groups meet up and camp in Grand Marais for the final night
  • Wednesday, August 26, Return to campus, unpack, clean and return all gear
  • Thursday, August 27, All first-year students move in and the required on-campus Orientation begins

Check out a Collegebound video compilation made by 2016 participant, Joseph Pohle, on the BWCA canoeing trip:

Learn more about the trip options:

  Collegebound canoeing trip  Collegebound rock climbing trip  Collegebound backpacking trip