AESOP 2017

This page is meant to provide you with all the information you need to know about AESOP: Bates’ “Annual Entering Student Outdoor Program.” AESOP is a student-run organization that enables two excited upperclass student leaders to continue the welcome of first-year students to life at aesop_cg-600x450Bates throughout the course of a 4 day, 3 night trip. These trips include everything from hiking to meditation or community service and take place all over Maine and New Hampshire. Through stories and guidance, your AESOP leaders will help clarify expectations in the classroom and long-lasting campus traditions, all while cultivating valuable friendships before the year even begins. Feel free to roam around the site, look up what trips we have to offer, read their descriptions, learn about the history of AESOP, and see what we’re all about! You can find the perfect trip by following the link: “What Trip Should I Choose” and, when the time comes, you’ll be ready to sign up for your trip preferences.  All entering students will participate in an AESOP trip. Fall athletes will participate at the discretion of their coaches, so athletes should check with their respective coach to see if they are able to participate. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Please submit your payment for AESOP using the AESOP Payment Form

AESOP Schedule 2017

August 30th – Meet your leaders!

August 31st – All trips depart

September 3rd – All trips return


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Wanna see what an AESOP trip looks like?


Remember those good times on aesop? Learn how to be a bigger part of Aesop at our Coordinator info session on Thursday November 17th at 7:30 pm in Commons 222 (this position is open to all sophomores! Even if you haven't participated in Aesop before)

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We are getting closer to SHOW TIME! Leaders arrive on Monday–S'more making is purchased and all 6 coordinators are back on campus! Let the count down begin: T-14 days #baesop #aesop2016 #behindthescenes #smores

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We live here!!! This is our backyard at Bates! Another beautiful sunset on Lake Richardson- a level 4 amphibious trip that canoes the whole lake and hikes the AT. Best of both worlds? We think so!

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