5 New Orientation Trips Introduce First Years to Maine

The Outing Club's Becca Austin shows off one possibility for traveling down a river on a stand-up paddle board. SUP boards will be used during one of the Outing Club's new orientation trips this summer.

The Outing Club’s Becca Austin shows off one possibility for traveling down a river. Stand-up paddle boards will be used during one of the Outing Club’s new orientation trips this summer.

When orientation for incoming first years rolls around the last week in August, the 497 students in the class of 2017 will launch their Bowdoin careers with a four-day trip with either the Bowdoin Outing Club or the McKeen Center for the Common Good. Some will also take part in the Bowdoin Science Experience.

This year, the Outing Club and the McKeen Center are offering, on top of many popular older trips, five new expeditions. Orientation trips introduce first-year students to one another and to the land and people of Maine. Groups of eight students, along with two or three upper-class leaders, head out to unique wilderness areas or communities to explore the outdoors, meet Mainers, volunteer and have fun.

Read more about the McKeen Center and Outing Club’s new trips.

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