There's never a dull moment at Upward Bound! (and that's an understatement!)
After classes are over for the day, there is still a lot to do at UB. Students choose two afternoon workshops, which are informal opportunities to learn about something new. Workshop topics vary every year, but previous summers students have gotten a taste of Creative Writing, Japanese Drumming, Poetry, Community Volunteering, Rugby, Lacrosse, Badminton, Cooking, Social Justice & the media, and Alfred Hitchcock Films, to name a few. Students were also able to participate in Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
There are lots of opportunities for Sports. Informal soccer games are organized almost every evening. They may not be Varsity, but they're a work out! Students use the Bowdoin College facilities for tennis and swimming, and the volleyball net near the residence halls is always busy. Students are allowed to use the weight room with staff supervision. Other sports vary depending on student interest. Bring your field hockey or lacrosse stick, your baseball glove, and definitely your Roller Blades and bike!
Students create their own activities as well. Some will choose to have an afternoon show on the campus radio station; others help organize the summer yearbook, Saturday night dances, or the annual Awards Ceremony at the end of the summer.
Downtown Brunswick is a short stroll down the hill, and students can walk into town in the afternoon. Visit Bull Moose CD store, have a hot dog on the town green, or find a bargain at Grand City!
On weekends, special activities are planned. There is always an overnight trip and there are days trips as well to Popham Beach, an afternoon in Portland, or to visit to nearby colleges. Family and Friends Weekend provides a chance for students' families to see what Upward Bound is all about. There is often a dance on Saturday night, and every Sunday, the Teaching Assistants stage a cookout for the entire program.
In addition, Upward Bound plans weekend road trips throughout New England.