Community Immersion: Midcoast Connections

MidCoastThe MidCoast Connections pre-orientation trips are four days of intensive hands-on work tackling the social, economic, and environmental issues facing communities surrounding Bowdoin –including Portland.  Participants will sleep indoors, and participate in daily service projects focused on issues of sustainability, hunger and homelessness,  as well as immigrant and refugee resources.  Participants will also have the opportunity to visit local sites of interest, and connect with one another through shared community engagement.  

At the opening of the College in 1802, Bowdoin President Joseph McKeen declared that, “...literary institutions are founded and endowed for the common good, and not for the private advantage of those who resort to them for education.”

The Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good helps students interpret this mission by providing opportunities to discover the ways in which their talents, passions, and academic pursuits can be used for the benefit of society through public engagement. By linking diverse activities in order to compound their meaningfulness, the McKeen Center serves as a vibrant and central source of information, events and activities related to public engagement for faculty and staff as well as students, and connects departments, programs and individuals with similar interests to enhance both learning and impact in the community.

Equipment List

MidCoast Connection Equipment List (pdf)

MidCoastThe MidCoast Connections pre-orientation trips are organized and sponsored by the Mckeen Center for the Common Good.  If you have any questions regarding the packing list or the trips, please feel free to contact Erin St. Peter, Community Immersion Fellow, at (207) 798-4194 or


Departs Tuesday, August 23, 2011