August Adventures

How about an adventure to kick off your college career?

St. Scholastica's August Adventures are opportunities for like-minded students to gather before the start of the school year and have an adventure together. Meet some new friends, have a great time and get ready for the start of your college experience. Plus, you get to move in early!

Registration will open for August 2019 adventures in May 2019.

Community Service Orientation (CSO)

Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat (SOAR)

Multicultural Leadership Orientation (MLO)

New International Student Orientation

Community Service Orientation

Community Service Orientation Group

Organized by Volunteers Involved Through Action (VITA) and Campus Ministry

Benedictine Values in Action

Service is one of the Benedictine values at the heart of an education at The College of St. Scholastica. Community Service Orientation (CSO) is an excellent introduction to that spirit of service. The Benedictine value of Community teaches us that great good comes from helping others in need. CSO is the perfect opportunity to serve the local community, learn about various social issues, build community, develop new friends, and also HAVE FUN! Participants move in about a week before classes start and spend time getting to know each other and the community through service and social justice activities.

Community Service OrientationSample daily schedule

  • Breakfast and Morning Group Reflection
  • Morning Service Site
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Service Site
  • Free Time
  • Afternoon Group Reflection
  • Dinner
  • Evening Activities

Last year's volunteer sites included:

  • Loaves and Fishes Catholic Worker House
  • Hartley Nature Center
  • Boys and Girls Club of Duluth
  • Benedictine Living Center of Duluth
  • Union Gospel Mission

Last year's evening activities included:

  • Scavenger Hunt in Canal Park
  • Outdoor Activities on Campus
  • Small Group Dinners Hosted by Staff and Faculty of the College
  • Park Point BBQ

Other information

  • Sponsored by Volunteers Involved Through Action, which is a club of the Campus Ministry Center
  • Welcomes all incoming first-year students to participate, regardless of religious perspective or worldview
  • Students live in on-campus housing during CSO
  • CSO Participants are expected to participate in all CSO Activities
  • Former CSO participants are invited to serve as CSO Student Leaders


Phone: (218) 723-6160

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Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat (SOAR)


Organized by Outdoor Pursuit!

SOAR into college at St. Scholastica. You will travel to world-class outdoor venues while learning about college life and your new home. These trips are only offered to new CSS students, and the mission is to foster relationships and assist with the transition to becoming independent college students.  Outdoor experience is not required to be part of these adventures.  A positive attitude and willingness to push yourself out of your comfort zone will allow our guides to lead you through these awesome experiences.

Choose Your Adventure


New for 2018 is the SOARvivor trip. While we won't be voting people off of the island during the trip, we will have fun challenges to test your newly honed outdoor skills.  During this canoe trip through the Boundary Waters you will begin to learn what it takes to be a leader.  Trip Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced

Apostle Islands: Sea Kayaking

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is one of the most amazing sea kayaking opportunities in the United States. Enjoy the fun, challenge and tradition of a single kayak or the stability of a tandem. Explore shipwrecks, sea caves, lighthouses and four different islands.  Trip Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

View SOAR Apostle Islands Sea Kayaking video

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Canoeing

Explore the most famous wilderness canoe location in the WORLD! Located just a hop, skip and a jump away, learn paddling and camping skills while fishing and exploring the Canadian Shield country. Two canoe trip/difficulty options: Moderate or Moderate/Difficult

View SOAR BWCAW Canoeing video 1

View SOAR BWCAW Canoeing video 2

Pictured Rocks: Backpacking

Hike along part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The trail hugs the shoreline of Lake Superior, providing hikers with amazing views of sandstone cliffs, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes and forest.  Trip Difficulty: Moderate

View SOAR Pictured Rocks Backpacking video

Ice Age Trail: Backpacking

Another new trip for 2018!  On this trip, you will hike along a small section of the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.  This 1,000 footpath is entirely within Wisconsin and the section we will explore is just a quick 2 hour drive from Duluth. Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Devils Lake State Park: Rock Climbing

Climb to new heights and be amazed by the awesome views from the top during this rock climbing adventure. Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

View Rock Climbing video

August 1st – August 7th Trip Offerings (Early SOAR):

Early Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Canoeing

Can't SOAR with us later in August? OR Maybe you can't decide between 2 SOAR trips, do them both! Sign up for an early SOAR trip and another at the end of August!

For more information on SOAR, call (218) 625-4940, email outdoorpursuit@css.eduor visit

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Multicultural Leadership Orientation

Group photo during Multicultural Leadership Orientation

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Group photo during Multicultural Leadership OrientationDo you have a passion for social justice?

Our Multicultural Leadership Orientation (MLO) provides the opportunity to strengthen leadership skills, explore and expand your understanding of numerous social justice topics and build lifelong relationships ... all while having tons of fun on campus and all around Duluth!



For more information, contact Chris Davila at, (218) 723-7013

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New International Student Orientation

Group photo during International Student Orientation

Organized by the Office of International Programs

This orientation program is designed to assist new international students upon their arrival to the United States and in their transition to college. The agenda includes information about immigration regulations, cultural adjustment and awareness, vital services on campus and participating in fun events around Duluth. 

International Student OrientationAt St. Scholastica, an international student is defined as a person who wishes to pursue an academic program or degree while on an F-1 or J-1 visa; these students are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents or refugees. Due to legally required aspects of the program, international student orientation is required for the students defined above, and is an invitation-only program.


$75 (charged to the student's account). This event is by invitation only.

For more information, contact Natalia Miller at or (218) 723-7016

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