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New McKeen Center Program: Weekend Service Trips

Story posted December 18, 2009

The weekend service trip program, a new initiative this year coordinated by the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, offers students a unique opportunity to venture off campus to immerse themselves in a new community while doing service. This semester, the first two weekend service trips brought students to North Haven and Camp Sunshine.


Over fall break in October, a group of eight students traveled to North Haven, an island community in Penobscot Bay, to learn more about island life in Maine and to assist with community projects.

Students spent the weekend working on the island's affordable housing site, fixing the school's playground and organizing the community center.

McKeen Center Web Site

Check out the McKeen Center for the Common Good Web site, offering continuously updated content regarding community service opportunities, a schedule of events and other happenings.

Read more about the fall break trip in the Bowdoin Orient.

In November a group of students spent the weekend volunteering at Camp Sunshine. Located on the shores of Sebago Lake, the camp has retreat sessions throughout the year for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The camp is run almost entirely by volunteers who help with arts and crafts, play with kids in the "tot lot," meet with parents and medical experts, partner one-on-one with children, and organize sports with the teens. Students plan to return to Camp Sunshine in February.

If you have an idea for a weekend service trip, you're asked to contact student leader Krista Bahm.

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