Outdoor Adventures is a new program within Campus Recreation that offers several day-long recreational trips and various outdoor classes and clinics. See the full list below -- From the leisurely and relaxed all the way to the adventurous and thrill seeking, Outdoor Adventures has the right trip for you. If you're planning a trip on your own, but don't have the gear you need, check out our Weekend Gear Rental Program!
This program was designed to get students to explore beyond the BC campus and experience all that New England has to offer. All Outdoor Adventures trips are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Photos from past trips are available here.
To learn more about Outdoor Adventures trips, trainings and special events, subscribe to the Listserv at https://listserv.bc.edu/sympa/subscribe/outdooradventures.
Learn more about our Fall 2014 trips and clinics:
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the fastest growing paddle sport in the world. It combines the thrill of exploring with a great total body workout. With our new SUP boards, OA offers a variety of classes, trips, lessons, and tours. No experience is needed and everyone is welcome to this exciting new sport!
|September 7||9 am - 4 pm||$15||$25|
|September 9||4 - 6 pm
|September 18||4 - 6 pm||$5||$15|
|September 28||10 am - 1 pm||$15||$25|
|April 26||9 am - 4 pm||$15||$25|
Skimming over the surface of the water, experiencing the aquatic environment in a way that remained largely unchanged for the last 8,000 years, all while getting an incredible workout. Whether you’ve never been in a boat before or you’ve grown up with a paddle in your hand, get out of the library and join us for a day of fun kayaking.
|September 14||8 am - 5 pm||$15||$25|
||4 - 7 pm
||8 am - 5 pm||$15||$25|
||9 am - 5 pm||$15||$25|
Take a day to get away from the city and into the fresh air only found in the mountains. Hiking is a great way to learn new things about the wilderness, experience beautiful views, and feel a strong sense of accomplishment when you look back at what you did. Get on those hiking boots and come stretch your legs for a day.
|September 20||7 am - 5 pm||$10||$20|
|September 25||7 am - 5 pm||$10||$20|
|November 1||7 am - 5 pm||$10||$20|
||7 am - 6 pm
||10 am - 3 pm||$5||$15|
This is the quintessential Southern New England Hike. The trail runs over grey granite rock with stunning views of the changing foliage. The wind swept peak has tremendous views and makes all the work getting there more then worth it!
This 4,285' peak near Crawford Notch is a fairly easy climb. At the top you'll have great views across the notch to Webster Cliffs and to the southern Presidentials, including Jackson and perhaps Eisenhower. There is a cairn at the top that marks the true summit, which is a little beyond the viewpoint over the notch. No experience needed!
Rock climbing is a fun way to build confidence, leadership, and become part of a team. It is also one of the most exciting and best full body exercises you can do. Get your feet off the ground and get into the vertical world! No experience needed.
|September 11||4 - 6 pm||$5||$15|
|September 10||4 - 6 pm||$5||$15|
|September 16||4 - 6 pm||$5||$15|
|September 17||4 - 6 pm||$5||$15|
||9 am - 3 pm
|September 23||4 - 6 pm
||3 - 5 pm
|October 25||6 am - 5 pm
|November 2||6 am - 5 pm||$15||$25|
|November 9||9 am - 3 pm
|April 11||9 am - 3 pm||$15||$25|
We will climb with ice axes and crampons up walls of ice. Get this full body workout on breathtaking terrain and see winter wonderlands from a whole new height.
|January 17-18||2 pm Departure||$70||$80|
Cross Country Skiing
Come with OA for a day of winter fun! Rentals are available if needed. Enjoy the well-maintained trails amidst forests and snow-covered meadows. After some trail time take a break in the warming hut or a hot chocolate!
|February 14||7 am - 4 pm||$30||$40|
|February 21||7 am - 4 pm||$30||$40|
|March 21||7 am - 4 pm||$30||$40|
Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t have fun outside! Put on a pair of OA’s modern snowshoes and get out of your dorm and into the mountains. Our snowshoes are lightweight, have great traction, and are provided free on every snowshoe trip.
|December 6||6 am - 6 pm||$15||$25|
|February 8||7 am - 4 pm||$15||$25|
|September 26 - 28
||1 pm departure
|January 2 - 10||TBA
|February 28 - March 8||TBA
|April 2 - 6||Noon departure
September 26 - 28
Dust off your sleeping bag and get away for the weekend! Whether this is your first or one hundredth overnight camping trip, all are encouraged to come. Get refreshed with some mountain air and relax under the stars for a bit. You may never want to come back! All gear is provided if needed.
Winter Break Sea Kayaking
January 2 - 10
Want to get away this winter? Outdoor adventures is running an all-inclusive sea kayaking adventure in sunny south Florida! Join us as we explore the lush everglades and paddle through the coastal islands all the way to the Keys.
We will camp in a different spot every night, sleeping under the stars (okay, in a tent under the stars). With sandy beaches, warm water, and awesome wildlife, this is an adventure not to be missed.
The price of the trip includes flight, ground transportation and all necessary equipment. Most meals and snacks will be provided.
Ever wanted to learn a new outdoor skill or brush up on something before a big trip? OA offers a wide variety of classes and clinics to teach you what you need to know to be safe and have fun outside. Taught by our highly skilled and experienced student leaders and staff, this is a fun way to learn new things!
|Sept 17 - Dec 10
||Wednesdays 6 - 7:30 pm||$150||N/A|
|September 24||6 - 7 pm||$5||$15|
||8 - 9 pm||$5||N/A|
||8 - 9 pm||$5||N/A|
||8 - 9 pm||$5||$15|
||8 - 9 pm||$5||$15|
||8 - 9 pm||$5||N/A|
||5 -6 pm
|November 22 - 23
||9 am - 5 pm||$150||$180|
|December 3||8 - 9 pm||$5||N/A|
|January 20||8 - 9 pm||$5||N/A|
|January 21||8 - 9 pm||$5||N/A|
||8 - 9 pm||$5||N/A|
|February 11||8 - 9 pm||$5||N/A|
|February 18||8 - 9 pm||$5||N/A|
Outdoor Adventure Leaders Course
September 17 - December 10
Become part of the OA team through an engaging, semester long outdoor leadership course which includes in-class instruction, hands-on learning, training trips and a WFA certification. The primary goal of the course is to learn how to effectively lead a group in the outdoors through a combination of hard and soft skills including map and compass, tent construction, knots, bear hang, packing a backpack properly, water purification, emergency shelter construction, Leave No Trace, Weather preparation, Trip Planning, teamwork, effective communication, how to teach a skill, etc.
In addition to the regular Wednesday class time, this course will also require field training in the Adirondacks October 11-13 and additional class time from 9 am - 5 pm November 22 - 23. The class will meet at the far end of the Plex Tennis Wing behind the red curtain.
Wilderness First Responder
November 22 - 23
The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions. The WFR course is 72-80 hours long (7 to 10 days), and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, with much more hands-on practice. Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.
Anchor Building 101
Looking to climb outside but don’t know how to set up your own anchors for top roping? Already know how to build anchors but need to refine your skills and add onto them? Come to the first half of this two part anchor building clinic. We will teach you basics of the knots, rope skills, and logistics you need to know to start building your own anchors.
When looking to rock climb on rope, whether inside or outside, if your partner wants to climb, you need to know how to belay! Come to OA’s clinic and we can teach you this simple but imperative skill so that you can keep your partner safe.
Anchor Building 201
The second half of our anchor building clinics! Build on what we learned in the first clinic and perfect your skills.
Wilderness Photography Class and Contest
Interested in photography and interested in the outdoors? Come combine these two and gain the skills to take even better pictures in the places you love. Be able to do justice to the beautiful places you explore in our Wilderness Photography Class. Afterwards, enter your pictures into our Wilderness Photography contest to see who has the best photo!
Kayak Rescue and Roll Class
One of the most important but often overlooked skills on casual kayaking trips: rescuing and rolling. Come get hands on experience with these vital safety skills to be more prepared next time you go kayaking.
Seen people zipping down ropes before like it was no big deal? Come face the thrill of rappelling through this hands-on clinic where you will get to rappel as you go. Learn the do and do-nots as well as actual knots that are all needed to safely rappel.
One of the biggest dangers in winter sports, and in all outdoor sports in general, is getting hypothermia. When it happens to you or someone else in your group, don’t depend on folklore of how to handle it. Come to this clinic and learn how to correctly handle, and prevent, hypothermia.
“Backpacking is the art of knowing what not to take.” Come learn this art of how to pack only the essentials and how to properly pack them in different sized packs so you can make your next backpacking trip light and properly prepared.
Wilderness Cooking 101
A day can be made or broken with what you eat. This is especially true in the wilderness, where you have to start your day off right with a good meal and end long days well with a delicious dinner. Come to the first of our two Wilderness Cooking classes to learn the basics of cooking exciting meals in the backcountry.
Wilderness Cooking 201
The second half of our wilderness cooking courses will teach you even better and more advance recipes for your days in the field. Impress friends in your group when it’s your turn to cook, with even the simplest of ingredients. After this class you’ll be the finest chef in all of the woods.
Google maps aren’t likely to work in the backcountry, so you have to resort to a map and compass. OA will guide you through the steps you need to master to successfully navigate in the backcountry the way it was done before smartphones were in everyone’s pockets.
Judging of Wilderness Photography Contest
If you haven’t entered in your best pictures of the outdoors yet, do it today! OA will be judging all of the entries today to pick our winners.
Wilderness Cooking Cook-Off Competition
Think you’ve got what it takes to make the best meal when you’re in the wild? Come prove it and compete against your friends to make the best backcountry meals, with prizes for the winners and fun for all.
Wilderness First Aid Class
Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one--and maybe even save a life.
Water Treatment Class
Having clean water to drink can make or break a trip, and without it everyone’s safety is at risk. OA will teach you how to treat your water so that you can remain healthy and hydrated on your adventures.
Going sailing, rock climbing, kayaking, camping, or even just tying things to your car? Stop by our clinic to learn basic and more advance knots, and new ways to use these handy tools!
Winter Camping Clinic
Winter is one of the hardest but most beautiful times of year to camp. Stop by this clinic and learn what to bring and what to do during these cold months. By the end, you will be able to safely and properly prepare for a camping trip during the winter months
NOTE: For off campus activities, transportation is provided. Participants will be picked up at the Flynn Recreation Complex at the start time listed for the program. A second pickup will be made at the Cushing-Hardy Loop on Newton Campus 20 minutes later.
For example, if a trip is listed as starting at 7:30 am, that is the time participants will be picked up at the Plex. A second stop will be made at the Cushing-Hardy Loop at 7:50 am.
All trip locations are subject to group ability level and weather conditions.
To register or for more information, contact Member Services at email@example.com or (617)552-0797. To sign up for a trip, you will need to complete these three forms, sign them and bring with you to Member Services. To learn more about Outdoor Adventures trips, trainings and special events, subscribe to the Listserv at https://listserv.bc.edu/sympa/subscribe/outdooradventures. Have an idea for a future trip? Leave a note on the BC Outdoor Adventures Facebook page!