Celebrate the BOC Centennial with us in 2020!

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. This year’s 100th 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.

100th Celebrations Events

This schedule is subject to change.

March-May 2020
We want to hear about your winter trips!
Fill out the simple form to let us know your plans! Go on a hike, snowshoeing, skiing, nature walk, the possibilities are endless!
More information coming soon!

May 16, 2020
Spring Clambake – Cancelled


June 12-14, 2020
Reunion Weekend – Bates Outing Club Trips*
Registration for Reunion Weekend is now open!
*Please note that pre-registration is required for all Reunion trips.

Learn More!

June 12, 2020 | Reunion Trips:

8:30am-4pm
Rumford Whitecap Hike
Personal carpool departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

10am-4pm
Coastal Hike at Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area
Trip departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot.

June 13, 2020 | Reunion Trips:

1-3pm or 3-5pm
Paddle on the Androscoggin
Trip departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot.

June 14, 2020 | Reunion Trips:

7:30-9:15am
Nature Walk at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary
Personal carpools depart from Lane Hall parking lot.

Noon-3pm
Hike Mount Pisgah
Personal carpools depart from Lane Hall parking lot.




September 25-27, 2020
BOC 100th Main(e) Event and Fall Clambake!
More information coming soon!


October 2-4, 2020
Back to Bates Weekend
More information coming soon!

Get Involved!

Want to be involved with the Centennial celebration for the Bates Outing Club?!

It’s easy! Lead a hike, go snowshoeing, take to the slopes, winter camping, the possibilities are endless. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors this year with some of your favorite Bates friends.

After your trip, let us know how it was! Who attended? And don’t forget to share some pictures!

BOC Trip Submission Form BOC Event Submission Form

After your trip or event, let us know how it went! Share details, feedback and pictures with us.

We will share your photos during the big celebration on September 25-27, 2020!

BOC Post Trip Follow-up

Past 100th Celebrations

January 4, 2020
Annual Christmas Bird Count
Harlingen, Texas


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


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


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 15, 2020
7:30-9pm
100th Kickoff & Celebration with Ben Ayers ’99
Benjamin E. Mays Center


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


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


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


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


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


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


February 12, 2020
Banff Film Festival
Portland, Maine