The start of winter?
From the Outdoor Leadership Center, a golden light glowed brightly in the cool fall evening. Inside, a fire crackled and conversation bubbled from small groups of people jumbled into the Beebe Room. All were in good spirits as they gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center, the OLC.
The dedication ceremony on October 18th completed the long process of creating a workable space for the Bowdoin Outing Club, the largest student organization on campus.
In preparation for the big day, the plaques were hung marking the contributions of donors, the furniture arrived, the fireplace was used, and artwork by Jette Duba and Rachel Tannebring graced the walls.
The moose looked on.
Attendance at the event included the deans, the trustees, the board, donors, students, and interested members of the community. All were impressed by the beauty of the building and all realized the enormous difference it has made for the Outing Club. Thanks to all who attended!
In other news, the BOC has plenty of events and trips in which to participate. This weekend, students will head to the Outing Club's property in Monson, Maine to relax and enjoy the cabin, located adjacent to the Appalachian Trail. There will be plenty more cabin trips throughout the semester, so as the weather gets colder this is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
There is also a day hike on Sunday, one of the last before the famous, or infamous, winter in Maine.
The LT, leadership training, group will be going to Merritt Island, another BOC property, to continue their training and also complete the construction of an outhouse to be used by future club members.
Be sure to mark your calendars with all of the other BOC events coming up in the next few weeks-there are a lot! Next Wednesday, November 6, Tom Mailhot will be speaking about his epic trip across the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat. That Saturday, November 9, there will be several natural history and ecology seminars presented by the Chewonki Foundation based in Wiscasset, Maine. The seminars will cover a range of topics and sign-up information will be available in the OLC next week. Also, those interested in leadership training for the spring semester, there will be an informational meeting on November 11, with interviews during the following week.
Don't forget to sign-up next week for trips the weekend of November 9 to 10. There will be another cabin trip, if you missed the first, or if you had so much fun that you want to go again.
Also, a trail building service trip will leave on Sunday. Remember, the OLC is open from Sunday to Thursday nights from 7 pm to 11 pm for studying, or study breaks.
Next week, will be the week of movies, with Deliverance (in the spirit of Halloween), The River Wild, and some crazy whitewater video showing on Tuesday through Thursday nights.
Stay tuned to the student digest to find out specific times. Don't miss it!