Community Immersion: North Haven Island

North HavenThe North Haven Island pre-orientation trip is an intensive four days of hands-on work in one of the local island communities in Penobscot Bay.  Participants will sleep indoors, and participate in daily service projects such as volunteering with local youth, doing trail work, and going on a lobster boat excursion to understand the social, environmental, and economic issues facing island communities in Maine.  Participants will also be able to visit local sites of interest, have a beach barbecue with community members, 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

North Haven Island Equipment List (pdf)

North Haven

The North Haven Island pre-orientation trip is 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