OPTIONS Trips for First Year Students

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Outdoor Programs To Introduce Opportunities to New Students (OPTIONS):

Excited to begin your life at UMaine? Then Maine Bound’s OPTIONS trips are for you. OPTIONS trips are outdoor trips with a focus on teaching you outdoor skills and helping you prepare for your upcoming college experience by meeting awesome new people, making lasting friendships, learning about University life from experienced UMaine students, and making connections that will accelerate your sense of belonging to the community.

OPTIONS is a unique student orientation program.  New students camp, eat, interact, and explore Maine with UMaine staff, faculty, and student trip leaders from the Maine Bound Adventure Center. The OPTIONS experience begins and ends on the UMaine Campus. The time in-between will be spent in the great Maine outdoors.


2018 Trip Choices

All-Inclusive
Price

2018
Dates

Expeditions: Baxter Backpacking Traverse

Start at the North Gate of Baxter State Park.
Hike south, camping along the way, before
attempting to summit Katahdin.

$350 Choose One:
June 29 – July 3
July 15-19
August 5-9

Expeditions: Acadia Hiking & Climbing

We will spend 5 days climbing, hiking, and
camping in the beautiful Acadia National Park
on Mount Desert Island.

$350

Choose One:
July 8-12
July 29 – August 2
August 12-16

North Woods Adventure

Head up to Baxter State Park and the Penobscot
Outdoor Center to experience all Northern Maine has to offer.

$300 August 29-31, 2018

Coastal Islands Adventure

Venture down to the iconic coast of Maine, to camp Beechcliff,
to explore the coast and the islands.

$300 August 29-31, 2018

Expeditions Details

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Meet at the Maine Bound Adventure Center, meet your group, and travel to your chosen destination.
  • Day 2-4: Traverse Baxter State Park from North to South, or hike and rock climb at Acadia National Park.
  • Day 5: Finish your expedition and head back to campus.

Copy-of-DSC_0060-1024x685North Woods Adventure Details

Our base camp is the 60-acre Penobscot Outdoor Center (POC), with its amazing views of Mt. Katahdin, great tent-camp sites with a group campfire ring, and outdoor volleyball courts. Meals will be cooked and served outdoors.  On Thursday you will embark on an adventure activity of your choice (with picnic-style lunch), then return to camp for supper and group activities.  On Friday we’ll go whitewater rafting on the Penobscot River before returning to campus.

Trip Itinerary:

  • Wednesday August 29:  Drop off your belongings at your residence hall at 11:30 a.m., check in at the Rec Center parking lot at 1:30pm to meet your group, and leave for POC at 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday August 30: Participate in an adventure from the list of activities below.
  • Friday August 31: Whitewater rafting on the “gorge section” of the Penobscot River. Return to campus in the afternoon.

Adventure Activity Choices: Each activity will be guided by a Maine Bound student instructor and/or professional UMaine staff.

  • Hiking: A strenuous hike up Mt. Katahdin, or a casual hike with breath taking views up South Turner Mountain, all located in Baxter State Park. Many trail options available.
  • Canoeing: Flatwater paddling on the beautiful Debskoneag Lakes.
  • Rock Climbing: Challenge yourself at Fat Man’s Woes.
  • White Water Kayaking: Basic movement and paddling class on the Penobscot River.
  • Back Woods Bouldering: A fun bouldering adventure in the woods near Debskoneag.

Accommodations: Tent style camping, outdoor meals.


Coastal Islands Adventure Details

Our base camp is Camp Beechcliff in Southwest Harbor, with  cabins nestled in a mature spruce forest with 1400′ of protected ocean frontage, a swimming beach.  Meals will be served buffet-style in the dining hall.  On Thursday you will embark on an adventure activity of your choice (with picnic-style lunch), then return to camp early in the afternoon for group activities and supper.  On Friday we’ll take a 2-hour sail on a Schooner.

  • Wednesday August 29: Drop off your belongings at your residence hall at 1:00 p.m., check in at the Rec Center parking lot, and leave for Camp Beechcliff at 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday August 30: Choose your own adventure from the list of activities below. Upon returning to camp there will be time for group recreation activities for those who wish.
  • Friday August 31: Embark Bar Harbor on a Schooner adventure. Return to campus in the afternoon.

Adventure Activity Choices: Each activity will be guided by a Maine Bound student instructor and/or professional UMaine staff.

  • Hiking: Choose a hike through Acadia National Park.
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding: We’ll try a fast-growing sport that requires minimal equipment and is loads of fun. Explore yoga on the SUPs in the peaceful Echo Lake.
  • Sea Kayaking: We’ll practice rescues, maneuvers, and paddling strokes as we explore the iconic Maine coast.

Accommodations: Cabins with mattresses, dining hall meals. Bring your own bedding.

 

OPTIONS Trip FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions)

Completed Forms Required for Participation:
Maine Bound Trips Medical Form
Maine Bound Trips Release and Assumption of Risk (PDF)
Photo Release

Call (207) 581-1794 for more information or to register by phone. For further assistance please email Maine Bound.