The BOC does not retreat…

We advance. At least that’s what we call our third meeting, held tonight, at the Bates Outing Club’s lean-to in Greene, ME. The meeting, complete with a big campfire and smores and LOTS of stories is what most clubs would call a retreat– away from Bates campus, a fresh look, an escape; but like I said, the BOC does not retreat, we Advance!

The advance is the third meeting, and for many freshmen, acts as their induction into being a council member. To become a council member, one must attend three meetings, do a work trip and tell a story at a meeting. The advance is the perfect place to receive your nifty BOC patch, signifying membership, because everyone tells stories upon stories and you feel like you’re hours away from Bates, instead of just 20 minutes outside.

I’ve been working in the Equipment room for the BOC, or E-room for short this semester. It’s open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-5. I’m having a ton of fun learning both about the gear we lend out for free to all Bates students as well as the rich history and traditions that the BOC has. We’re coming up on our 90th year next year, it’s so exciting!

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Back at Bates!

Finally finally finally I’m back at school! Being back and seeing everybody has been so wild; those who lead AESOP trips have been here for two weeks already! It seems so different already, as a sophomore living on Frye street my whole approach to Bates has changed slightly. I’m figuring out which paths to take to get to Commons and timing how long it takes to get from where I live to wear I need to be. It’s interesting!

ThisĀ  weekend is first year orientation, so I am looking forward to mostly just spending time enjoying the lovely Maine weather with my friends for a few days, with a few responsibilities thrown in. Because I’m on the board of the Robinson players, the student theater association, I moved in early, helped move in first years this morning, and will be helping to run the talent show tomorrow night! I’m glad to be jumping right back in with all of my activities- one of my favorite part about Bates is how busy I always am and I can’t wait to be shuffling around on a full schedule again ASAP.