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Trip Descriptions

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Rock Climbing
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.

Ice Climbing
Description coming soon!

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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.

Trail Running
Tired of the same old streets? Want something more than another lap around the Res? Then come on a trail run! This group run will take you out into the woods to experience a whole new way to get your run in. Make running an adventure!

Join us for a day of caving! We will drive to Vermont and meet up with our guides, get geared up, and spend the day exploring the subterranean world. Caves are unique ecosystems and wild caves are places few people ever get to go.

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Join us on an overnight backpacking trip! No experience necessary.

Sea Kayaking
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.

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OA Ski Shuttle
Outdoor Adventures is running a ski shuttle on the following dates:

Cross Country Skiing
The shuttle leaves the Plex at 5 am and returns at 7 pm. The price is $10 for BC Rec Members and only covers the ride to and from the mountain (you must pay for lift ticket and gear separately). Stop by the Member Services Office at the Plex or call 617-552-0797 to sign up. 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!

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.

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Want to learn a new outdoor skill or brush up on something before a big trip? We offer 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!




Outdoor Adventure Leaders Course
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 Wilderness First Aid (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.

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.

Wilderness First Responder
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.

Other Class/Clinics Not Currently Scheduled:

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.

Belay Class
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.

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.

Rappelling Clinic
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.

Hypothermia Class
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 Class
“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.

Navigation Clinic
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.

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.

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.

Knot Clinic
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.


  • Winter Camping Clinic
  • Winter Camping Clinic
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    Stand Up Paddleboarding
    Stand Up Paddleboarding (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!

    Sea Kayaking
    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.

    Visit for more information and to register!


    To register online, click the link above or contact Member Services at or (617)552-0797 for more information. To sign up for a trip, you will need to complete these three forms, sign them and bring with you to Member Services. 

    Have an idea for a future trip? Leave a note on the BC Outdoor Adventures Facebook page!

    NOTE: For off campus activities, transportation is provided. Participants will be picked up at the Flynn Recreation Complex (Plex) 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. Departure times may need to be adjusted based on conditions. All trip locations are subject to group ability level and weather conditions. Trips return to campus at approximately 5 pm.

    Spring 2019 Trips

    Day Date Type Location
    Sat 1/19/2019 Snowshoe Mt Cardigan NH
    Sat 1/19/2019 Snowshoe Wachusset, MA
    Sun 1/20/2019 Snowshoe Mt. Greylock, MA
    Sun 1/20/2019 Snowshoe Mt. Moosilauke, NH
    Sat 1/26/2019 Snowshoe Stratton VT
    Sat 1/26/2019 Snowshoe Cannon Mt NH
    Sun 1/27/2019 Snowshoe Kinsman ridge NH
    Sun 1/27/2019 Snowshoe Mt Zeeland, NH
    Sat 2/2/2019 Snowshoe Sawyer pond loop NH
    Sat 2/2/2019 Snowshoe Mt Garfield, NH
    Sun (superbowl) 2/3/2019 Snowshoe Middlesex Fells, MA
    Sun (superbowl) 2/3/2019 Snowshoe Blue Hills, MA
    Sat 2/9/2019 Snowshoe Mt Toby, MA
    Sat 2/9/2019 Snowshoe Mt Monadnock, NH
    Sun 2/10/2019 Snowshoe Mt. Willey
    Sun 2/10/2019 Snowshoe Ethan Pond NH
    Sat 2/16/2019 Snowshoe Mt Crawford, NH
    Sat 2/16/2019 Snowshoe North Twin, NH
    Sun 2/17/2019 Snowshoe Welch-Dicky, NH
    Sun 2/17/2019 Snowshoe Mt Tom, NH
    Sat 2/23/2019 Snowshoe Mt Monadnock, NH
    Sat 2/23/2019 Snowshoe Mt wachusset, MA
    Sun 2/24/2019 Snowshoe Greylock, MA
    Sun 2/24/2019 Snowshoe Mt Drum, MA
    Sat 3/16/2019 Snowshoe Mt Moosalauke, NH
    Sat 3/16/2019 Snowshoe Mt Liberty, NH
    Sun 3/17/2019 Snowshoe Mt Lincoln, VT
    Sun 3/17/2019 Snowshoe Stowe pinnicle, VT
    Sat 3/23/2019 Snowshoe Mt Chocorua, NH
    Sun 3/24/2019 Snowshoe Wachusset, MA
    Day Hike
    Sat 3/23/2019 Day Hike Welch Dickey, NH
    Sun 3/24/2019 Day Hike Mt. Tobey
    Sat 3/30/2019 Day Hike Wachusset, MA
    Sun 3/31/2019 Day Hike Mt Wolf NH
    Sat 4/6/2019 Day Hike Mt Parker, NH
    Sun 4/7/2019 Day hike Blue Hills, MA
    Sat 4/27/2019 Day Hike Greylock, MA
    Sun 4/28/2019 Day Hike Cannon Mt NH
    Stand Up Paddleboarding 
    Sun 4/28/2019 Stand Up Paddleboarding Natick, MA
    Rock Climbing
    Sat 3/30/2019 Rock Climbing Hammond Pond, MA
    Sun 3/31/2019 Rock Climbing Rattlesnake Rocks
    Sat 4/6/2019 Climbing Hammond Pond, MA
    Sun 4/7/2019 Rock Climbing Hammond Pond, MA
    Sat 4/27/2019 Rock Climbing Hammond Pond, MA