AESOP 2019

Our mission is to engage and empower every incoming Bates student through off-campus, student-led orientation programs. We aim to be responsive to the breadth of interests, experiences, and perspectives of the Bates student body. As a student-led program, with support from the Office of Residence Life and Health Education, AESOP is committed to designing trips which are accessible, safe, and catered to all skill levels and interests. Small-group experiences separated from technology foster inclusivity, enduring friendships, and a strong connection to place. AESOP aims to welcome each incoming student to the Bates community and provide them the foundation and confidence to navigate their first-year experience.

This page is meant to provide you with all the information you need to know about Bates’s Annual Entering Student Outdoor Program (AESOP). AESOP is a student-run organization that enables upperclass student leaders to participate in welcoming the incoming class to life at Bates through a 4 day, 3 night trip. Our trips take place all over Maine and New Hampshire and include everything from community engagement to rock climbing. Feel free to explore the trips we have to offer, read the bios of our student coordinators and leaders, and learn about the history of AESOP! 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 submit your trip preferences. All entering students will participate in an AESOP trip. Pres-season athletes will participate at the discretion of their coaches, so athletes should check with their respective coaches to see if they are able to participate. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

The $300 cost of AESOP will be billed directly to the Student’s Account. If you feel you need assistance in covering this fee, please email

AESOP 2019 Schedule

August 28th – Meet your leaders!
August 29th – All trips depart
September 1st – All trips return