Orientation Trips

Orientation Trips provide the first introduction to life at Bowdoin. 

Orientation Trips are intended to help assist with the transition into Bowdoin life by providing an inclusive and welcoming small-group experience for all incoming students. Trips are a great chance for first-year students to meet classmates, upper-class leaders, faculty, and staff members in a relaxed and informal setting.

The Outing Club offers a wide range of trips in Maine and New Hampshire, including day hiking, backpacking, sailing, surfing, white water kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, meditation and wellness trips, and more. The McKeen Center offers a variety of trips, including ones that work with rural Maine communities, native communities in Downeast Maine, and underserved populations in the greater Brunswick area.

Whatever your interests and experience level, there’s a trip for you! Check out our Orientation Trip Descriptions.


The Orientation Trip Registration Form will be available on June 3rd. Please complete this online form by June 17th. Once you complete the form, you will be able to change your trip selections until June 17th.  If you need to change any of your other data at any time, please contact us.  If you have any questions about or problems with your registration, please do not hesitate to contact Tor Parker '21, BOC Orientation Trip Coordinator, at 207-798-4268 or at bocotrips@bowdoin.edu, or Fiona Carey ’20, Mckeen Center Orientation Trip Coordinator, at 207-798-4194 or at mckeenOtrips@bowdoin.edu.

Objectives of the Orientation Trip Program

•  To assist with the transition into Bowdoin life by providing an inclusive and welcoming small-group experience for incoming students, facilitated by members of the Bowdoin community.

• To provide an experience that encourages incoming students to challenge themselves in a manner which reinforces and builds self-confidence and social interaction.

• To promote respect for the natural and human environment and foster relationships with those communities.

• To offer a leadership opportunity for current undergraduates by providing them with the training and resources necessary to successfully lead trips.

• To offer a selection of trips which allows incoming students to explore existing or emerging interests that they may continue to pursue throughout their time at Bowdoin.

• To heighten awareness of the wide range of activities available through the Bowdoin Outing Club, McKeen Center for the Common Good and the Bowdoin Science Experience.

• To expose incoming students to the various outdoor recreational and community service opportunities available in the state of Maine.

Important Trip Dates

June 3, 2019: Trip sign-ups begin

June 17, 2019: Trip sign-ups due

Mid-July 2019: Trip assignment notification

End August 2019: Orientation trips!