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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I'm a senior at Bates College getting ready for thesis and the real world!

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