Why choose a Black Bear Bound Orientation Trip?

Maine Bound has been running new student orientation trips since 1984! Our trips have increased student retention, built friendships that last a lifetime, and introduced hundreds of students to the Maine Outdoors.

OPTIONS students at Katahdin

Bound to Adventure

Adventures are short 3 day experiences that take place right before Maine Hello and move in. If your academic area does not require an orientation, this program is for you! Adventure trips allow you to move in early, explore the outdoors, meet new students, and return to campus in time for Maine Hello.

North Woods Adventure

All-Inclusive Price: $380
Date: August 23-25, 2023 (Registration deadline August 1)

Join Maine Bound as we adventure into the beautiful Northern Maine wilderness. Spend 2 nights camping alongside fellow first year students at Big Eddy Campground. Students will have the opportunity to pick from a number of adventures: Hiking Katahdin, paddling the roaring Penobscot River, or climbing in the beautiful North Maine woods. This trip is designed to provide first year and transfer students with the opportunity to develop friendships, explore the wilderness and to have a great college experience before starting school! Registration opens on May 8, 2023.

Bound to Explore

Expeditions take place in July and August and are 5-7 days in length. These trips are excellent for those who are interested in attending an outdoor orientation but have other requirements the week before classes begin with their academic departments.

Penobscot River Canoe & Climb
All-Inclusive Price: $550
Date: July 24-July 30, 2023 (Registration Deadline: July 3)

Spend 6 days exploring the great Maine wilderness by canoe! You’ll travel by canoe and camp along the banks of the upper west branch of the Penobscot River. On your last full day you will have the opportunity to rock climb in the beautiful North Maine woods. You’ll learn the basics of expedition canoe travel, including camp cooking, navigation, and paddling skills. Along the way you’ll build meaningful friendships with your expedition team. Registration opens May 8, 2023

Acadia Hike & Climb
All-Inclusive Price: $490
Date:
August 6-August 10, 2023 (Registration Deadline: July 3)

Climb, hike, and camp 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. On this trip, you’ll learn to manage a tent base camp, cook for your peers, organize day hikes, and you’ll get a great introduction to outdoor rock climbing. Registration opens May 8, 2023

Baxter Backpack & Climb
All-Inclusive Price: $550
Date: August 14 – August 20, 2023 (Registration Deadline: July 17)

Explore Baxter State Park, one of Maine’s outdoor treasures, by foot and attempt to summit Katahdin! You’ll start at the North end of Baxter State Park and hike south to Katahdin. On your last full day, you will have the opportunity to go rock climbing in the beautiful North Maine Woods.  You’ll learn how to pack a hiking backpack, camp craft skills, navigation, group management, and get an introduction to outdoor rock climbing. This trip is perfect for someone who wants to attend an outdoor orientation and return to campus in time for RLE Bridge week. Registration opens May 8, 2023

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

  • Build lasting friendship with other incoming students
  • Learn how to navigate UMaine from your student instructors.
  • Experience the Maine outdoors and learn new outdoor skills.
  • A chance to disconnect from technology and live in the moment.

Click here for the Black Bear Bound FAQs

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 Academic Adventure programs: Bound for Business and Education Exploration take place at UMaine’s 4H Learning Centers around the state, giving you an opportunity to explore different parts of the beautiful state of Maine with other first-year students in your program of study. The Bound to Adventure program will take place at Big Eddy Campground in the Northern Maine Woods.

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!