Annual Trips

Fall and Spring Clambake held at Popham Beach near Bath, ME. This tradition has been running for well over five decades and is completely student run and organized. Lobster, clams, burgers and pasta salad served at both. Clams, lobster and burgers cooked on site. Clams and lobsters are steamed on the beach using charcoal fired pits and boiling pans (manufactured by a BOC alum!). Generally, bussing is available to transport students.

Surfing, boogie boarding and other beach activities are actively encouraged!


Advance is held every fall on the fourth Wednesday evening of the school year, corresponding with the fourth BOC meeting of the year. Held at the Lean-To, new students who have met the requirements to become council members (attend three meetings, go on one work trip, tell a story at a meeting) can receive their BOC patch on this night.

Traditionally, circled around the camp fire, new and old students alike tell stories, some in the name of receiving their patch. On rare yet special occasion, the BOC branding iron may make an appearance.


Annual Assault on Katahdin happens every fall in early October. Bates Outing Club has multiple BOC members lead groups to hike  one of the many trials to the peak. Groups go out on Friday and Saturday, camp out over night, and then summit the next day. Some facts about Katahdin:

  • It’s the highest point in Baxter State Park
  • It’s the tallest mountain in Maine and is pretty iconic in Maine culture
  • Its name translates to ‘big mountain’ in the Wabanaki language

Peaks Weekend is one weekend in the fall where the goal is to get as many Bates students on top of mountains as possible! Whether it’s a day trip or an overnight, Peaks weekend is a great way to get outdoors, meet new people, and become a more active member of the BOC. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or have never gone hiking, the BOC offers a wide range of trips ranging from the  beginner level to advanced and the BOC encourages everyone who’s interested to sign up for one.