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    BOCing Abroad!

    Checkout Alfie doing the BOC proud as he climbs Mt. Vesuvius while enjoying a semester in Italy.

    BOCing Abroad!

    Checkout Alfie doing the BOC proud as he climbs Mt. Vesuvius while enjoying a semester in Italy.

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    Welcome to the BOC

    Since 1920, the BOC has been the best way for Bates students to explore all the wonderful things there are to see in Maine & New England.

    Welcome to the BOC

    Since 1920, the BOC has been the best way for Bates students to explore all the wonderful things there are to see in Maine & New England.

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    Discover

    Discover


About

All members of the Bates community are automatically members of the Bates Outing Club (BOC)!  We are one of the oldest collegiate outing clubs in the country, the first at a private college to include both men and women from inception, and one of the few outing clubs that remains entirely student run. The BOC sponsors trips throughout the year including backpacking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, surfing, mountaineering and even skydiving. Everyone is welcome on trips, and generally no experience is required.  Nearly all are free of charge as well. Our trips are a great way to meet people, and also an opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful places in New England.

Click here for our recent meeting minutes!

Trips are announced on the BOC mailing list, usually after Wednesday meetings. Sign up for the mailing list if you want to get outside! We always want more trip leaders, and the more people and more varied locations and activities getting out the better! In order to be a trip leader, we ask that you, 1) be a Council Member, 2) be WFA or WFR certified, and 3) if you need a van, someone needs to be van certified, but personal vehicles are okay too.