Annual Trips

Fall and Spring Clambake held at Popham Beach near Bath, ME. This tradition has been running for well over five decades and is completely student run and organized. Lobster, clams, burgers and pasta salad served at both. Clams, lobster and burgers cooked on site. Clams and lobsters are steamed on the beach using charcoal fired pits and boiling pans (manufactured by a BOC alum!). Generally, bussing is available to transport students.

Surfing, boogie boarding and other beach activities are actively encouraged!

Annual Baxter Weekend happens every fall in early October. Bates Outing Club has multiple BOC members lead groups to hike in Baxter (which includes Mount Katahdin). Groups go out on Friday and Saturday, camp out over night and hike the next day. Some facts about Katahdin:

  • It’s the highest point in Baxter State Park
  • It’s the tallest mountain in Maine and is an iconic part of the Maine landscape
  • Its name translates to ‘big mountain’ in the Wabanaki language

Peaks Weekend is one weekend in the fall where the goal is to get as many Bates students on top of mountains as possible! Whether it’s a day trip or an overnight, Peaks weekend is a great way to get outdoors, meet new people, and become a more active member of the BOC. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or have never gone hiking, the BOC offers a wide range of trips ranging from the  beginner level to advanced and the BOC encourages everyone who’s interested to sign up for one.