Excited to begin your life at UMaine? Black Bear Bound trips are small group experiential orientation programs that help you prepare for your upcoming college experience. You will have the opportunity to meet other incoming first-year students, make lasting friendships, learn about University life from experienced UMaine students, and make connections that will set you up for success! 

Black Bear Bound trips are offered throughout the summer before your first year. Our expeditions and Outdoor Leadership Summer Start Program takes place from May to August. The Bound to Explore and Bound to Engage programs to start four days prior to moving in and are hosted at UMaine’s 4H Learning Centers around the state, giving you an opportunity to explore different parts of the beautiful state of Maine. 

Whether you want to participate in an extended trip, explore the outdoors for the first time, or engage in service with local non-profit organizations, we have the experience to jumpstart your transition into becoming a Black Bear! To register please call us at 207-581-1794 or visit our registration page

Due to the complex nature of COVID-19, programs are subject to change. We have plans in place to minimize exposure and are closely following all University of Maine guidance.

Are you in need of financial assistance for your Black Bear Bound program? Apply for a scholarship!

Bound to Adventure


Mahoosuc Mountains Adventure
*Now accepting second-year students who were unable to attend in 2020

All-Inclusive Price: $350
Date: August 25-27, 2021

Explore the mountains of Western Maine for 3 days with other first-year students in cabins at UMaine’s 4H learning center. You will have the option to hike to mountain summits on the Appalachian Trail, rock climb on local granite walls, or canoe in the shadow of the Mahoosuc Mountains. To register please call us at 207-581-1794 or visit our registration page

Coastal Islands Adventure
– Coastal Islands is Full

All-Inclusive Price: $350
Date: August 25-27, 2021

Venture down to the iconic coast of Maine and spend 3 days exploring hiking, and rock climbing around Blueberry Cove! Participants will stay with other first-year students in cabins at UMaine’s 4H learning center located right on the iconic coast of Maine. To register please call us at 207-581-1794 or visit our registration page

Coastal Islands Adventure – College of Education and Human Development 

Students in the College of Education and Human Development have the opportunity to apply for a Black Bear Bound outdoor orientation program for first-year College of Education and Human Development students only. Click for more information!

Bound for Business


The Maine Business School and Maine Bound Adventure Center have created a week-long getaway for a group of first-year MBS students. Students who sign up for the Black Bear Bound for Business Trip will enjoy a week of camping, paddling, and connecting with fellow classmates before the fall semester begins. Click for more information!

bikers in the woods

Bound to Engage


Community Service In Western Maine

All-Inclusive Price: $350
Date: August 25-27, 2021

Get to know other first-year students while learning about and addressing common social issues with a local non-profit. Spend 3 days assisting community organizations, participating in reflection activities, and taking on a Challenge Course; and enjoy 2 nights sleeping in cabins at a 4H learning center in western Maine. Social issues may include homelessness, food insecurity, environmental sustainability, healthy communities, etc. Specific organizations will be listed once finalized. To register please call us at 207-581-1794 or visit our registration page

Developing Socially Just Communities

All-Inclusive Price: $350
Date: August 25-27, 2021

Are you interested in exploring your own identity while engaging in dialogue about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion? Spend 3 days with incoming first-year students at UMaine’s 4H Learning Center where you will meet new friends, develop leadership skills, connect with cultural history in the area, and delve into discussions on how to create a more socially responsible and inclusive community.To register please call us at 207-581-1794 or visit our registration page

Bound to Explore


Acadia Hiking & Climbing Expedition
All Expeditions are Full 

All-Inclusive Price: $390
Choose One: June 27 – July 1, 2021 or August 1-5, 2021

Climb, hike, and camp for 5 days along the rugged coast of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Acadia National Park is Maine’s only national park, known for its rocky coastline and incredible outdoor opportunities. This trip will allow you to explore a part of Maine not far from campus and will provide valuable outdoor educational experiences. To register please call us at 207-581-1794 or visit our registration page

Penobscot River Canoe
All Expeditions are Full 

All-Inclusive Price: $390
Choose One: July 11-15, 2021 or August 8-12, 2021

Canoe for 5 days on the wild Penobscot River! The river has served as a highway for travelers for 10,000 years. You will travel by canoe, hike Lobster Mountain, and camp along the banks of the upper west branch of the Penobscot River. You will learn the skills needed to canoe on Maine’s countless waterways. To register please call us at 207-581-1794 or visit our registration page

Baxter Backpacking Traverse Expedition
All Expeditions are Full 

All-Inclusive Price: $390
Choose One: July 25-29, 2021 or August 15-19, 2021

Backpack for five days in the beautiful Baxter State Park. Start at the North Gate and hike Southbound camping along the way, before attempting to summit Katahdin. Mount Katahdin is Maine’s highest mountain, with an elevation of 5,269 feet and it is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. To register please call us at 207-581-1794 or visit our registration page

Paddleboarding in front of mountain view

What you’ll get out of a Black Bear Bound Program….

  • A step ahead of others to develop new relationships with your peers to help cultivate community and a sense of belonging.
  • Opportunities for meaningful interaction with Student Life staff, Academic Faculty, and upper-class students.
  • Skills necessary for first-year student success  
  • A sense of place and connection to the University of Maine.

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