About

Welcome to the Bates Outing Club website! We hope this website is able to answer any questions you have about the BOC, but if we missed anything head to the contact us page and let us know how we can help you!

Our Mission

The Bates Outing Club seeks to promote outdoor and other recreational activities; to provide the equipment, expertise, and means necessary to safely enjoy these activities; and to protect the environment in which these activities take place. We embrace and celebrate all ways of engaging with the outdoors and with nature from art and meditation to hiking and climbing, and we encourage all to explore a variety of ways of being while outdoors both individually and in community with others. 

We recognize that outdoor recreation has historically and continues to exclude people of marginalized identities, and we are committed to removing barriers to access and to facilitating spaces in which any member of the Bates community feels welcome and safe, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or any other identity.

We live, work, and recreate on the stolen homelands of the Amoscoggan peoples, whose descendants now live among the Wabanaki peoples, including the Abenaki, Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Mi’kmaq peoples. We encourage all folks who are using this land to learn more at wabanakialliance.com.

Get Involved!

Come on a trip

The BOC runs trips throughout the year including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, surfing, climbing, and more. While most trips are for folks of any experience level, we do also run some trips that are catered to folks who want to deepen their skills sets. All trips are free of charge, and we work closely with the E-Room to help folks get any gear they may need! Our trips are a great way to meet people, and also an opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful places in New England. Check out our trip page to see what trips we have planned and to sign up.

Come to a Meeting

We have meetings every Wednesday at 6:30pm (location for Fall ’21 TBD). Meetings can be all sorts of different things, but will always be mostly social and opportunities to connect with other folks at Bates who like being outside!

Stay Connected

The best way to stay connected is to join the BOC listserv- that’s where we send out general announcements, interesting opportunities, and updates about the club. Click here to join the listserv!

You can also follow us on Instagram!