The BOC Centennial
(Jan 2022 update) 

The Bates Outing Club, founded in 1920, is a major student organization at the college. It is among the oldest collegiate outing clubs in the country and the first at a private college to include both men and women from the beginning.

The Bates Outing Club has connected hundreds of people to the college in a unique way. The stories they tell, the careers they have followed, the enduring friendships they maintain, are all testimony to the importance the BOC has had in shaping their lives. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have been unable to celebrate in person. We are hoping to hold an on campus celebration in 2022. Please stay tuned, we hope that a 2022 celebration of the Bates Outing Club will allow us to celebrate the past, recognize and reinforce connections and build a foundation of lasting interconnectedness for the future.

Want to support the Outing Club financially?
Check out this link for the Bates Outing Club Centennial Fund.

Want to share current trips: 
Share current pictures for the Centennial Page by emailing them to

Add your photos and printed memorabilia to the Centennial Google Drive.

100th Celebrations Events

This schedule is subject to change.

September 2020-November 2021
We want to hear about your  trips!
Fill out the simple form to let us know your plans! Go on a hike, rafting or paddle adventure, nature walk, the possibilities are endless!

Colin Fuller ’69- Climbs of the Seven Summits
Reunion 2021 Week
Monday, June 7, 2021 – NOON EST
Register for free at the Reunion Website- Click here
All Class years are welcome

Bates Morse Mountain Update and BOC Social Gathering
Reunion 2021 Week
Saturday, June 12 – 1 pm EST
Register for free at the Reunion Website – Click here
All Class years are welcome

BOC 100th Main(e) Event and Fall Clambake! – Postponed 
We hope to celebrate in 2022
More information will be posted when available.

Recent 100th Celebrations


June 1, 2021
A.T. work trip on Bemis Mtn.
Rt 17, Roxbury, ME

October 23, 2020
Bemis Mtn, Maine- Appalachian Trail Work Trip
Near Rangeley, Maine


September 16, 2020
Gulf Island Pond and Riverlands Paddle Trip
Greene and Turner, Maine


August 16, 2020
Raquette River Paddle Trip
Adirondacks, N.Y.

July 31, 2020
Appalachian Trail Work Trip
Bemis Mountain, Franklin County, Maine

July 30, 2020
Morning Hike on Mt. Tecumseh
Grafton County, N.H.

July 29, 2020
Kayak Trip on Pocasset Lake, Pickerel Pond, and Jennings Stream
Wayne, Maine

July 28, 2020
Runaround Pond Paddle Trip
Durham, Maine

July 19, 2020
Nezinscot River Paddle Trip
Turner, Maine

July 16, 2020
Bemis Mountain|Appalachian Trail Scouting Trip
West Central Franklin, Maine

July 14, 2020
Lava Lake Hiking Trip
Bozeman, MT

July 10, 2020
Peru Day Hiking Trip
Peru, Maine

June 22, 2020
Bruce’s Island Kayak & Camping Trip
Pierce Pond, Maine

February 12, 2020
Banff Film Festival
Portland, Maine

February 8, 2020
Gray Knob Cabin Trip*
Coos County, N.H.
*Student trip

February 7, 2020
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Backcountry Ski Trip
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Maine

January 31, 2020
Winter Carnival Torch Run, Bonfire, and Puddle Jump
Augusta to Lewiston, Maine

January 31, 2020
Snowshoeing to Long Falls on the Dead River
Claybrook Mountain Lodge, Highland Plantation, Maine

January, 22, 2020
Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area Hike
Bates-Morse Mountain

January 17, 2020
Ski Trip Adventure
Camels Hump Nordic Ski Area, VT

January 15, 2020
100th Kickoff & Celebration with Ben Ayers ’99
Benjamin E. Mays Center

January 12, 2020
Fat Tire Biking Trip**
Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, VT
**Trip was canceled due to weather and poor trail conditions.

January 7, 2020
Fat Tire Biking Trip
Upper Hixon Trails in Lacrosse, WI
Waterloo Recreation area, WI
Rochester, N

January 6, 2020
Snowshoe Hike to the Bates Outing Club Lean-to
Greene, Maine

January 4, 2020
Annual Christmas Bird Count
Harlingen, Texas