An Immersive Experience: One Way to Get Oriented

Published by Tom Porter

For members of the Class of 2026, their first true Bowdoin experience was the late August orientation trip. Bonds of friendship are forged over this four-day odyssey, during which many students get their first real taste of what Maine has to offer.

Nearly forty trips were on offer this year, including several community immersion trips organized by the McKeen Center for the Common Good. Many students, however, chose experiences that were more literally immersive. Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and surfing were some of the orientation activities offered by the Bowdoin Outing Club at locations throughout Maine.

Photographer Fred Field accompanied one group on their visit to the Aziscohos Valley in western Maine, an area known for its fly fishing, moose, and cool evenings, with no shortage of river-based pursuits to enjoy. Check out this slideshow:

What do you bring for four days of outdoor activities? Check out the Aziscohos Valley packing list.