Clubs

Get involved

Our students are curious about the world around them, so they are often involved in many, varied pursuits. We encourage the boys to try new things, and clubs are a great way for them to branch out. Trinity-Pawling's clubs and organizations are created and run by students with support from the faculty. And if students can't find the exact group they are looking for, they can start their own! In joining these many activities, students can pursue their passions, discover new interests, and build lasting friendships. Dive in!

Over 70 clubs on campus!

The 75 different co-curricular clubs and activities offered on campus reflect our students' distinct combination of interests and their freedom to pursue multiple passions at once.

The cast of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee during their final performance

Allies (LGBTQ)

The Allies Club is designed to raise awareness and to start discussions regarding real-world issues of discrimination. Our goal is to spread kindness across campus.

Amen Boys

The Amen Boys ensure that proper thanks are made before meals. The group is responsible for saying grace at sit down meals in the dining hall.

Anime Club

The Anime Club will spend time exploring the world of anime art.

Asian Society

The Asian Society at Trinity-Pawling exposes students to the Asian cultures present on campus and to educate them about the customs, food, and language of each nation represented. The club also provides a supportive atmosphere for students from around the world and for those American students interested in learning about other cultures. This club is open to all students — international and domestic.

Aviation Club

The Aviation Club explores the beginnings of human flight, the change in planes over time, and how planes and drones are used today. Beyond the history and future of planes, this club also examines how the planes’ mechanical equipment works and the physics of planes in flight. Members participate in drone flights and flight simulations throughout each term.

Baking Club

Baking Club meets regularly throughout the school year to explore new recipes, bake together, and share their delicious, homemade food.

Bridge Club

In the game of bridge there is a saying, “There are three types of bridge players: (1) Those who can count, and (2) those who can't.” Bridge Club introduces students to the fascinating card game of Bridge, which uses a combination of logic, luck, and a good partner. Students start with the basic understanding of the game and learn by playing. Once a week, the club sets aside an hour to play and welcomes all skill levels. 

Campus Advancement Club

Campus Advancement meets once a week to take on different tasks that will better the community. We plan these tasks as a group and pick one to do each week. It’s a great way to give back to our community and is a positive addition to your college resume.

Chapel Acolytes

The Acolytes ensure the smooth execution of chapel services each week. Acolytes assist at the altar and help maintain the sacristy, and Vergers serve as ushers. Acolytes and Vergers are on duty once a week for services and meet once a month for rehearsals and fellowship.

Cheese Club

The Cheese Club meets monthly to sample farmhouse cheeses from around the world. Discussions include the origin and history of the cheese, along with its pairings with companion foods.

Chess Club

Both beginners and experts at "regular" and/or Chinese Chess meet twice a month to learn, improve, have a few laughs, and enjoy some snacks. All levels welcome. 

Choir

The Trinity-Pawling Choir leads the music for the weekday and Sunday services in the Chapel and presents concerts throughout the year. Credit is given toward graduation.

Coffee And Tea Club

The Coffee and Tea Club seeks to explore the world of coffee and tea. By trying different coffees, making coffee with different water, and trying different additives like milk, cream, and sugar, members seek to understand what goes into making good coffee. In addition, during each session a member is responsible for teaching the group about different aspects of the world of coffee. Ultimately, the goal is to have students feel comfortable in picking out and making good coffee.

Cooking Club

Meeting bi-weekly, the Cooking Club prepares a meal from desire to devouring, from recipe to restaurant-quality repast. In addition to great feasting, students learn a variety of cooking techniques that wow parents, peers, and teachers alike. Membership limited to 8.

Computer Programming Club

The Computer Programming Club is all about programming and computers! We design apps, code computer programs, and even make computer games!

Computer Repair Club

The Computer Repair Club teaches students to be ‘tech support’ on campus. They help classmates, faculty, and staff maintain their computers and fix any hardware/software issues as they arise. Students learn about computer hardware, software, and even have the opportunity to build their own desktops!

Cribbage Club

Students learn and play the card game of Cribbage one-on-one and in teams. Tournament play is common at our weekly meetings.

Dead Politics Society

The Dead Politics Society is a new kind of non-competitive debate and civics club that can only be formed if two Trinity-Pawling boys (of opposing perspectives to each other in any number of fields and topics) apply to the faculty moderator as a coordinated pair, and are then accepted as founding members of the club for a one year term. The pair should have strongly opposing or differing opinions in philosophical, economic, religious, political, environmental, sports, psychological, military, civil rights thinking, etc. The Society grows subsequently from the founding members to other pairs of courageous and opposed thinking boys who will be recruited to join. We focus on debate, collaboration, problem-solving, and honesty.

Debate Club

The Debate Club learns the art of arguing. Competing internally and then branching out to debate other schools, student learn the rules and styles of debate and how to construct an argument in a limited amount of time.

Diversity Club

Diversity Club meets periodically to discuss diversity on Trinity-Pawling’s campus and ways to become more inclusive. 

Dog Walking Club 

Boys in this club are each responsible for one faculty dog as they walk, play, and spend quality time with our many four-legged community members.

Drama Club/Tech Crew

Trinity-Pawling Drama Society is open to actors, builders, creators, crew members, and more. The club exposes students to the theater arts, acting, technical work, set building, and carpentry. The Tech Crew attends to all the technical aspects of the shows, including designing and running the lights, and running the stage crew sound.

Drone Club

The Drone Club will fly drones and discuss how drones are used throughout the world.

Drumming Club

Ever tapped your pencil? Ever clapped along? Rhythm is inside you. Prerequisites for drumming club: have a heartBEAT. We will meet every 1-2 weeks for less than 1 hour.

Dungeons and Dragons

As the name implies, this club will spend time during meetings playing Dungeons and Dragons and learning the strategies behind the game.

Environmental Club

Environmental Club allows students to investigate global environmental issues and create local environmental solutions.

Film Club

Film Club meets 1-2 times a month for film viewing and discussion. We also make films of our own. Together, we can offer constructive criticism and production.

Finance Club

Finance Club meets once or twice a month. Each club member receives a fictitious sum of $20,000 to spend on stocks. The club members keep track of the gains and losses made over the course of the term. When students buy or sell a stock they must provide a reason for why they bought it and present research on their stock of choice. The person who has the most gains at the end of each term (fall, winter, spring) wins a pizza dinner.

Health And Wellness Club

The Health and Wellness club considers ways that our students can live healthier lifestyles, including improved nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band exposes students to various jazz genres, teaching different musical styles, instruments, and performance techniques. 

Key Club (Tour Guides)

The Key Club tour guides assist the Office of Admissions in organizing and leading campus tours for prospective families and students. *Students wishing to be considered for Key Club must be in Groups 1 or 2 and should notify the Office of Admissions of their interest to join the club. This club is by invitation only.

Literary Club

The Literary Club will meet every other week. Meetings will consist of the members sitting in a circle and going around to discuss something they have read in the last two weeks that has really grasped their attention. This could be a book (fiction or non-fiction; outside or inside of class), a poem, a news or magazine article, a comic book, etc., but it should be a readable medium.

Math Club

Math Club provides a student-driven support system for Trinity-Pawling boys in all levels of mathematics and allows them to pursue higher learning via the AMC 10/12 competitions in February.

Mindfulness Club

What does mindfulness mean? What can practicing mindfulness do to enhance our lives? How can we be more mindful in our daily lives — on the field, in the classroom, with our friends? This club will discuss mindfulness and begin to explore the practice of mindfulness in our daily lives.

M.I.T. Launch Club 

For the past years, the government has been nurturing young startups because they saw the need for new companies to innovate in order to match up with the competitive economic landscape. The MIT Launch Club is a great opportunity to learn entrepreneurial and business skillsets!

Mock Trial Club

In the light of recent political and social controversies in United States, many have turned to the law for answers. Members of the Mock Trial Club can learn more about community issues and legal frameworks that regulate the society. No prior experience needed. Everyone interested in law is welcome!

Model United Nations

Model UN prepares for the annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference and discusses world politics, policies, and current events. 

Mountain Biking Club

The Mountain Biking Club will teach students how to ride and race the trails in the Hudson Valley area while maintaining proper trail stewardship. We will build trails on campus, explore Lakeside Park on bike, and find other neat spots to ride. Members will also learn the skills to tackle the most aggressive trails safely while having fun.

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students plan, lead, and participate in various school and community service projects throughout the year. Students with a grade point average of at least 90% are invited to apply at specific times throughout the year.

Outing Club

 The Outing Club takes students off campus to enjoy local hikes, white water rafting trips, rock climbs, or similar outside activities. Must be adventurous to join!

The Phoenix

The Phoenix is a weekly, student-produced newspaper, using the traditions established by The Pawling School Weekly. We seek reporters, editors, and writers for news, sports, features, fiction, and opinion, as well as technical help for layout and production. We meet weekly, and deadlines for written works are every Wednesday.

Photography Club

Photography Club produces photographs for the School publications while teaching the fundamentals of photography, film, and development.

Poker Club

In this club, students will learn to play poker and the theory and mathematics behind winning poker strategies.

Pottery Club

The Pottery Club will be a small club for students who have already taken one or more pottery classes with Mr. Reade, or who already have "medium to advanced" pottery experience. Students will work to develop their pottery skills, as well as learn how to maintain and take care of all the ceramics equipment/materials (ie. recycling clay, keeping the work area and wheels clean, mopping/sweeping, etc).

Quarterback Club

The Quarterback Club will take an in-depth look at the quarterback position in American football. It will dive into the history of the position and how it has evolved throughout the sport's 150 years. The club will study and teach about the skills it takes to be a modern quarterback and leader on the field.  and look at how the position has changed over the years.

Robotics Club

This club is all about robotics. We’ll be learning and teaching ourselves the ins and outs of building functioning robots. We are then planning to compete in the FTC — a robotics tournament. It will be a lot of work, but a lot of fun!

Radio Show

The Voices of Trinity-Pawling is a live, hour-long radio show held at the local Pawling Public Radio Station each Friday evening during the school year. Any and all are welcome to participate with a show of your own or a regular segment. The segments are recorded and available on MixCloud.

Random Acts of Kindness Club

The Random Acts of Kindness Club is a group dedicated to serving the Trinity Pawling community through small, spontaneous gestures of gratitude, support, and kindness.

Reading Club

The benefits of free reading are numerous: it will broaden the way you perceive the world, improve your vocabulary, help you on standardized tests, help you relax, and so much more. Come and join this group that selects a book or short story and discusses the reading later.

Relay for Life

Relay for Life raises money to combat cancer. Throughout the year, the group organizes fundraisers to support the organization. In May, the students partners with Relay for Life club members at Westover School and together, host a day of celebration and support. Relay for Life is always in need of volunteers to help with raising money through athletics, can/bottle collections, and organizing the day’s events.

Rock Band

Trinity-Pawling’s Rock Band exposes students to various rock genres, musical styles, instruments, and performances. Participation in Jazz Band is a prerequisite.

Rock Climbing Club

Interested in learning how to rock climb?  Venturing to a local rock-climbing gym, students will learn the skills to become rock climbers with a heavy emphasis on safely.

The School Spirit Club

The School Spirit Club will strive to bring zeal and school excitement to our fans. Initially focusing on signage for home games, this group leads the way in supporting the Pride in every athletic event.

Strategy Board Games Club

This club allows members to relax and enjoy the playing of strategy games of all types. The club has a large collection of games including Seven Wonders, The Resistance, Cosmic Encounter, Dominion, Pandemic, Twilight Imperium, Dixit, and dozens more. No experience necessary — we'll teach you all you need to know!

Strength and Conditioning Club

In this club, students will participate in weight lifting and physical conditioning.

String Music Club

The String Music Club meets once a week for rehearsals. We cover classical music for those who can read music and play violin, viola, cello, acoustic guitar, and piano.

Student Activities Club

Students in the club assist the Director of Student Activities with the planning and promotion of a wide variety of student activities, including school dances, concerts, speakers, events, and outings.

Student-Faculty Senate

Trinity-Pawling subscribes to the philosophy that everyone is here to serve others and promote good communication among all segments of the community. The Student-Faculty Senate was formed to initiate, encourage, and coordinate services and activities beneficial to all. The Senate is an advisory but not policy-making body, composed of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors elected by their dormitories, the senior prefects, and a faculty advisor. 

Students' Corner

Students’ Corner is a committee-styled group focused on creating discussion-based training programs for the Trinity-Pawling community. The focus of these training programs are flexible and student-led and primarily focuses on sexual-assault, bystander intervention, race, and gender. The club meets every 2 weeks.

3D Printing Club

The 3D Printing Club teaches students to use 3D design programs to make their own objects on the School’s 3D printer.

Theater Trips/NYC Club

To take full advantage of the live theater offered in New York City, the Theater Trips/NYC Club offers monthly outings to plays, musicals, and theater performances in the city. Please note: students do not receive an activity rating for attending theater trips.

Trinitones

Trinity-Pawling’s premier vocal group performs on and off campus for a variety of special events, holiday, and Chapel celebrations. Membership is by audition only. 

Usher Club

The Usher Club trains and provides ushers for school concerts and events in the Chapel and Gardiner Theater, including school plays, music concerts, Trinitone concerts, lectures, and visiting artist presentations. Students are required to arrive at the facility 15-30 minutes before the event, hand out programs, help with the seating of the audience, and assist at the end of the event by picking up after the audience leaves. Ushers should participate in one other activity to ensure an activity rating. 

Varsity Farming

Get your hands dirty and learn about farming! Club members and faculty grow and harvest some of the vegetables served in Scully Hall. We need boys to help with watering, harvesting, planting, building garden beds, and turning dinner food scraps into compost. No experience needed! Some off-campus trips to local farms may be included as well. Gamage's Greenhouse is located in the field behind Scully Hall.

* Students may participate in Varsity Farming in lieu of a sport during the fall and spring terms.

Vital Signs

Vital Signs is the Science Department’s student-produced magazine — published twice a year. Joining the club allows students to explore, research, and write articles for each publication.

Yoga Club

Yoga Club meets once a week to practice Yoga. No experience is necessary. Members provide their own mats.

Questions? Reach Out!

If you have any questions about joining a club on campus — or starting your own — please reach out to Dutch Keel, Dean of Residential Life: dkeel@trinitypawling.org

There's no distinction between 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade. All the kids just help each other and vibe so well together in everything they do on campus.CYnthia Bolding P’20