2020 Pre-Orientation Camping Trip Canceled

To comply with the current COVID-19 guidelines and protect our students and the public, we are sad to report the 2020 Pre-Orientation Camping Trip has been canceled. Student Leadership and the Office of Medical Student Education are working together to explore alternative opportunities to receive this unique experience Fall 2020 or Spring 2021, within national guidelines and established university budget guidelines.


Proudly sponsored by the Larner College of Medicine Office of Medical Student Education,
UVM Medical Alumni Association, and the Wellness Committee


First-Year UVM-Med Outdoor Orientation

About U-MOO

Welcome to the Larner College of Medicine! We know that you are eager to begin your medical training. A good way to start is with your fellow classmates and current students on an outdoor adventure! The Orientation Committee, Alumni Association, Wellness Committee, and Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group have joined forces to provide you with a fun outdoor retreat for all ability levels

This optional pre-Orientation event is an overnight outdoor experience open to all first-year students that will take place the weekend prior to Orientation (Friday August 7th 1:00PM to Sunday August 9th 12:00PM). Students may stay one or two overnights- your choice! It will be located Kettle Pond State Park in Groton, VT. Current students will be present to facilitate groups. There will be a wide range of activities including hiking, nature walks, fishing, swimming, yoga, trail running, lawn games, reading, crafts, and campfire stories - all with an emphasis on FUN and WELLNESS!

Why is this trip being offered?

Orientation week is an amazing experience, but there wasn't enough time to add a trip like this! We have decided to offer it as an optional event to facilitate friendships and introduce you and your fellow classmates to the Vermont outdoors, rain or shine! 

Camping Sites

The registration process determines your U-MOO group based on interests, experience, and ability level. There are 26 lean-to shelters arranged into five separate groups, but all sites are relatively close together near Kettle Pond. There will be no mandatory hiking to the lean-tos. There are two composting toilets and two double pit toilets at the site. There is no potable water at the site, but you can get water at nearby New Discovery State Park. We will try our best to provide any accommodations you may require. Meals are provided, but you can bring extra snacks if you wish.

Lean-to Shelter:Map of the park/campsites:
Photo of Kettle Pond Lean-to Camping SitePhoto of a Kettle Pond campground


Once you arrive there will be (optional) planned activities based on your site with an itinerary that includes free time to explore the trail network and other parks. Kettle Pond State Park is one of seven parks in the Groton State Forest. The parks are in close proximity to each other. There are over 17 miles of hiking trails as well as canoe rentals in the Groton State Forest. There will also be opportunities to learn about camping etiquette, outdoor safety tips, and wilderness medicine scenarios, if you wish! Ultimately, the trip can be as challenging or relaxing as you want it to be.


Cost and Equipment

Participating in this event will require an online non-refundable deposit of $25.00.

You are encouraged to bring your own equipment or borrow from a friend, but we recognize that many participants will not have everything they need to be comfortable (see packing list link to the right). If you need guidance acquiring equipment through purchasing or borrowing, please let us know via your trip registration. We encourage using the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2024 Facebook Group for sharing gear.

If you require financial assistance you will be able to notify us via registration. We have scholarships in place.


This is a University-sponsored event; thus, this is a drug and alcohol-free event.

Accessibility & Accommodation

U-MOO and the Larner College of Medicine are firmly committed to including all interested first-year medical students in our student programs. Students with any type of disability are encouraged to apply and participate. We provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations, in consultation with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Students who are seeking accommodations should contact SAS well in advance of your matriculation, as some accommodations take time to implement. We also provide space in our U-MOO registration to provide us with any accommodations requests.

Trip Leadership

Megan Eubank profile photoMegan Eubank
2023 MD Candidate
Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group Leader

A Dr. Moo-approved endeavor,
Welcome to "U-MOO!"


U-Moo pre-orientation trip registration button

Deadline to register is July 01, 2020.

If are accepted into the class after July 1, please contact Megan Eubank.

Pre-orientation camping trip pay non-refundable deposit button

A non-refundable $25 trip deposit is required for the program.

U-MOO Resources