As always, Inbound is offering a variety of retreat options to meet the diverse interests of our incoming first-year students. Inbound provides an excellent opportunity to meet your classmates while experiencing the campus community and surrounding areas through outdoor exploration, artistic expression, spiritual retreats, service learning, or social empowerment. Each retreat will have approximately 10 first-year participants.

Each retreat is led by two upperclassmen student leaders who strive to reduce the common fears encountered by many college-bound students. These Peer Leaders serve as a resource to guide students into everyday life at Juniata College. The Peer Leaders selected for Inbound are well trained and play an active role in the Juniata College community.

During the registration process, you will be asked to sign-up for five of our exciting retreats themes. Retreat assignment will be based on preferences, rather than first-come, first-serve, to ensure participants are in a group that matches their interests. Once we have received all of the applications, we will work hard to place everyone in one of their top 3 choices, but cannot make any guarentees.

Around the World Dance  Outdoors - Camping
Arts  Juniata 101  Outdoors - Hiking
Club Sports  Leadership  Outdoors - White Water Rafting
Community Service - Big Brothers Big Sisters  Martial Arts  Plexus Inbound
Community Service - Blue  Mind, Body, Spirit  Theatre
Community Service - Gold  Outdoors - Biking/Cycling  



The Around the World retreat welcomes all participants with a burning desire to understand and experience different cultures, foods, and places! This retreat aims to celebrate diversity by learning about various cultures, cooking ethnic food, and focusing on all the benefits worldwide travel has to offer. This retreat is an excellent introduction to our Center for International Education!


Fostering love for personal expression and all things creative, the Arts retreat exposes participants to a variety of visual arts. Students will be challenged through self-exploration, creativity, and expression. The Arts retreats will travel to State College to visit area museums and explore what our neighboring town has to offer.


The Club Sports retreat introduces participants to the Intercollegiate Club Sports that Juniata College has to offer: Women and Men’s Rugby, Women Club Volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee. Students will learn the importance of team and skill development and actively compete against one another and other Club Sports retreats. This retreat is an excellent precursor to any students looking to be involved in club sports at Juniata!


The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) retreat teaches students the importance of civic responsibility and leadership through working one-on-one with and mentoring at-risk youth to overcome the many challenges these youth face while growing up. Students converse about child development, effects of social economic status on our community, and the mission of BBBS of America. This is an excellent introduction to the BBBS Club on campus!


Through participation in a variety of service projects within Huntingdon and surrounding counties, this Community Service retreat will allow participants to learn more about themselves, their peers, and their new neighbors. Participants will gain an understanding of leadership and civic responsibility while experiencing Huntingdon and improving the community. Students will broaden their awareness of environmental issues, hunger, poverty, and other issues of community concern.


The Dance retreat hopes to capture students interested in all things dance! The retreat is open to students with varying degrees of experience and will tap into a range of styles and genres. Students will test their physical strength, explore other areas of health and wellness, and meet other participants with a love of dance! This retreat is an excellent introduction to the Juniata Dance Team or Step Team, although participation is not required after Inbound.


If you want to learn more about Juniata College and the Huntingdon area, this retreat is perfect for you! You will get a brief overview of what the area has to offer, including but not limited to; Huntingdon and Juniata history, tours of downtown, and various other trips to get you better acquainted with your new home. This retreat is an excellent option for international students, incoming freshmen, and transfer students who want to get a jump start on knowing the lay of the land!


If you want to learn more about Juniata College and Huntingdon and explore leadership opportunities on campus, this retreat is perfect for you! Students will participate in various team challenges and will brave their way through an obstacle course. If you want to make your mark on campus, this retreat is for you!


The Martial Arts retreat focuses on traditional Asian martial arts. With the help of peer leaders, an advisor, and special instructors, this group will experience a variety of traditional Asian martial arts as well as strength and conditioning, yoga, and meditation. NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED and all who are interested are encouraged to sign up for this retreat. Be prepared to challenge yourself!    


It seems that students today are always busy. Busy with academics, clubs, sports, jobs, internships, and other extracurricular activities. “Somewhere around the end of the 20th century, busyness became not just a way of life but a badge of honor. And life, sociologists say, became an exhausting everydayathon.” *

This retreat will focus on reminding students to take time for themselves – their Mind, Body, and Spirit. Students can expect to participate in activities such as yoga, meditation, hiking, and other activities and discussions involving healthy living – physically, mentally and spiritually.



Grab your helmets! This retreat will focus on Rails to Trails, mountain biking, and more cycling fun! Your group will be challenged to push themselves physically and support each other during miles of biking. You will learn about cycling safety and about trails local to Juniata College. You do not need to have your own mountain bike, but are permitted to bring your own. Get ready to ride! This retreat is a great way to learn more about the Bike JC club on campus.


If you love the outdoors, cooking over a camp fire, and sleeping under the stars (or in a tent) this is the retreat for you. This challenging retreat will help build group skills and teamwork and requires a positive attitude. The camping retreat is a great introduction to the Laughing Bush outdoors club on campus.


Explore Central Pennsylvania on foot with others who love the outdoors. Participants will hike local trails near campus and in local parks as well as enjoy other outdoor activities. Experience is not necessary, but a positive attitude and good mental and physical shape are musts for these adventurous retreats! The backpacking retreat is a great opportunity if you’re interested in the Laughing Bush outdoors club on campus.


Students in this Outdoors retreat will participate in a variety of outdoor activities, including a day White Water Rafting through the Ohiopyle State Park on the Youghiogheny River ( This retreat is sure to provide a good time and allow you to become more in touch with the beauty of our natural surroundings. This opportunity is also a great introduction to the Laughing Bush outdoors club. "What to Wear"


The Plexus retreat is designed to allow new students with concerns about multiculturalism to meet other new and returning students and offer their friendship, support, and guidance.

The event will not only give students insight into the ways in which diversity is being integrated into college life, but also will highlight the opportunities for cultural experiences and the resources available both here on campus as well as within the surrounding communities.

While the focus of Plexus is intended to give new students an opportunity to connect with those who have had similar experiences, it is open to any student with concerns related to diversity and inclusion. We will also recognize the need to address basic nuts and bolts issues like:

  • Where is the closest Mosque/Temple/Synagogue/Church?
  • Where can I purchase ethnic foods, spices and hair care products?
  • Where can I find a support community for my religion/ethnicity/sexual orientation/etc.?
  • Click here to learn more about Plexus and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


If you are passionate about performing arts, this is the retreat for you! Get ready to challenge your creative side through activities such as visiting local theatres, perfecting your technique, and exploring theatre opportunities at Juniata! Participants of all levels are welcome!