Guest Post: PCOP

Hi everyone!

If you love backpacking, want to love backpacking, don’t know what backpacking is but like hiking and want to do it for five days in a row, don’t know what backpacking is and don’t like hiking but want to learn to love hiking, or love spreading peanut butter (or sun butter if you have a nut allergy) onto your sandwiches with a stick, then you should apply for the Pre-Customs Outdoors Program (PCOP)! This program comprises four backing trips going to Shenandoah and central PA, each with six incoming first-years and two student trip leaders. The goal of the program is to give you an introduction into your upcoming years at Haverford in a smaller setting than customs, surrounding you with a community that you will cherish throughout your time at Haverford. The program is free to everyone, and we highly encourage anyone to apply that is even remotely interested! There is no backpacking or hiking pre-requisite; we are simply looking for people who would benefit from having this community going into the school year. Unfortunately, to keep the program free, we cannot accept everyone who applies, but there will be plenty of chances for everyone to get outside with us during the school year!

The link to our application is here:

For more info the link to our website is here:

Feel free to reach out to Hayle (, Dex (, or me, Jake ( if you have any questions!! We look forward to meeting you all this fall!


PCOP Student Coordinators