Founded in 1920, the Bates Outing Club is one of the oldest collegiate outing clubs in the country, the first at a private college to include both men and women from inception, and one of the few outing clubs that remains entirely student run. All members of the Bates community are automatically members of the Bates Outing Club (BOC)! The BOC sponsors trips throughout the year including backpacking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, surfing, mountaineering and even skydiving. Everyone is welcome on trips, and generally no experience is required.  Nearly all are free of charge as well. Our trips are a great way to meet people, and also an opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful places in New England.

Trips are announced on the BOC mailing list, usually after Wednesday meetings. Sign up for the mailing list if you want to get outside! We always want more trip leaders, and the more people and more varied locations and activities getting out the better! In order to be a trip leader, we ask that you, 1) be a Council Member, 2) be WFA or WFR certified, and 3) if you need a van, someone needs to be van certified, but personal vehicles are okay too.