Welcome, class of 2021!

Orientation Trips provide the first introduction to life at Bowdoin and are a great chance for first-year students to meet classmates, upper-class leaders, faculty, and staff members in a relaxed and informal setting. Orientation Trips are intended to help assist with the transition into Bowdoin life by providing an inclusive and welcoming small-group experience for all incoming students.

Whatever your interests and experience level, there’s a trip for you! The Outing Club offers a wide range of trips across Maine, including day hiking, backpacking, sailing, surfing, canoeing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, mountain and road biking, stand up paddle boarding, and more. The McKeen Center offers a variety of trips, including ones that work with rural Maine communities, native communities in Downeast Maine, underserved populations in the greater Brunswick area, and immigrants and refugees in various parts of the state. In addition, some students will participate in the Bowdoin Science Experience.

We hope you have a wonderful summer and we look forward to meeting you in August!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

For a list and brief summary of orientation trips, see our trip index. For detailed descriptions, pictures, and more information about all of the trips, please visit our Orientation trips website.