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Class of 2008 Begins to Arrive August 24

Story posted August 18, 2004

The Bowdoin College Class of 2008 will begin arriving on campus Tuesday, August 24, for Pre-Orientation activities.

More than 70% of the incoming first-year class - which this year numbers 477 - will begin their Bowdoin careers with a variety of "Pre-O" trips.

Over 300 students will participate in 37 trips that focus on the Maine outdoors.

One trip will bring a group of students to Merritt Island to learn sustainable woodlot management. Students will identify and tag dead trees, choose which trees to take down to help the forest flourish, and mill the wood into lumber.

Other excursions include backpacking and day hiking in Baxter State Park, mountain biking and day hiking in Acadia National Park, canoe trips paddling the Debsconeag Lakes, sea kayaking on Casco Bay, fly fishing at Big Eddy in Greenville, and trips to the Bowdoin Cabin in Monson and the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick.

Click here to read more about individual trips.

These outdoor trips, put together under the direction of Bowdoin's Outing Club, serve to build community and leadership among the incoming class, as well as introduce students to the beauty, geography and natural resources of Maine.

Instead of hiking, rock climbing or canoeing, 30 first-year students and six upper-class leaders will participate in a "Community Immersion" Pre-O.

The three-day community immersion experience familiarizes new students with the greater Brunswick area and serves to foster a commitment to community service.

Groups will spend their first day performing outdoor and environmental volunteer activities on trails in Georgetown, at Morris Farm, and at Wolfe's Neck Farm.

Day two will find them working with some of the more than 50 non-profit organizations in the Midcoast region, including Spindleworks, the Tedford Shelter, Independence Association, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Sweetser, Merrymeeting AIDS Support Services, Hospice Volunteers, and Cathance River Educational Alliance.

Day three brings the students to Portland to work at Catholic Charities of Maine, the urban gardens run by Cultivating Community, and Bayview Heights.

Click here to read more about community service at Bowdoin and community immersion.

The remaining members of the Bowdoin Class of 2008 will arrive on campus Saturday, August 28, for Orientation.

The College's 203rd Convocation ceremony, which marks the official opening of the school year, will be held Wednesday, September 1. Classes begin Thursday, September 2.

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