Scott Batchelder

Hometown: Pennington, New Jersey
College: Colby College

Inspired by my Overland trips as a student, I climbed Mt. Rainier in Washington via the Emmons Glacier after graduating from high school.

Originally from Pennington, New Jersey, I am a senior at Colby College where I am an English and government double major and have made the Dean’s List. I am also an Eagle Scout and a member of the Colby Outing Club with whom I enjoy going for hikes and making maple syrup. I play on Colby’s ultimate Frisbee team and am a mentor for Colby Cares About Kids, a student mentoring program where Colby students mentor local elementary and middle school students. Last fall, I studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and in the fall of my sophomore year, I was a Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip leader for incoming first-year students. In my free time, I enjoy riding my bike, learning card tricks, and skiing.

In 2017, I led Berkshire Adventure and New England Adventure; in 2018, I led Cape Cod & the Islands; and in 2019, I led Vermont. One of the best moments from last summer occurred after my group completed their 43-mile challenge ride. I loved seeing the happiness and feelings of accomplishment on all of their faces as they realized that they were much more capable of overcoming obstacles than they had originally believed. As a leader, I aim to provide students with the same experiences I had when I was a student on Overland trips. I enjoy sharing my love for the outdoors and for Overland traditions with my groups.