The concept of a Freshman Camp began in 1936. That year new freshmen met at Burden Lake for several days of orientation. The camp was suspended during World War II when classes were accelerated and the college year was off schedule. After the war, camp was reorganized and held at Silver Bay on Lake George. The students participated in a variety of sports and musical groups. School songs and cheers were learned and practiced. Talks given by faculty and coaches often took place in the evenings and "bull sessions" on student life were provided by upperclassmen. In 1955, camp was moved to campus due to the large size of the incoming class. In 2001, a revamped freshman orientation, "Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond," once again brought new students to Silver Bay for an overnight camp.

    1952 Transit     photo file



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