OPTIONS Trips for First Year Students

Due to COVID-19 we have canceled all summer programming including all of our OPTIONS Adventures and expeditions. The health and well being of our students, members, and staff is of the utmost importance to us. In the event that you have registered for a trip you will receive a full refund in the next few weeks.

Any further updates will be posted here. Please email um.mainebound@maine.edu with any questions.

 

Space is limited! REGISTER NOW via the WebTrac Online Registration Portal
(Click Here for WebTrac Instructions)
OR Register by Phone – (207) 581-1794

Please be sure to review our Program/Trip Policies prior to registration.

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

Excited to begin your life at UMaine? 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.

Mahoosuc Mountains Adventure

Hike to mountain summits on the Appalachian Trail, rock climb on big granite walls, or canoe in the shadow of the Mahoosuc Mountains.
All-Inclusive Price: $340.  August 26-28, 2020

Coastal Islands Adventure

Venture down to the iconic coast of Maine and spend a few days exploring hiking, and rock climbing.
All-Inclusive Price:
$340.  August 26-28, 2020

First Generation – College of Education & Human Development Sponsored Coastal Islands Adventure

Meet other first-generation students in the College of Education and Human Development while exploring the beautiful coastline of Maine! First-generation students in COHED are encouraged to contact Assistant Director Chris Bartram at christopher.bartram@maine.edu 
Free of charge.  August 26-28, 2020

OPTIONS Experiences

canoes on the beach
4 people backpacking
selfie group on a mountain

 


Mahoosuc Mountains Adventure: Details

Our base camp is the University of Maine’s 4H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond located near the Mahoosuc Mountains in western Maine. 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 morning you’ll participate in one more activity before returning to campus in the afternoon. All transportation, gear, food, and instruction is included.

  • Wednesday August 26:  Drop off your belongings at your residence hall at 12 Noon, check in at the Rec Center parking lot at 1:30 p.m. to meet your group, and leave for Bryant Pond at 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday August 27: Participate in an adventure from the list of activities below.
  • Friday August 28: Participate in one more activity before returning 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 from a variety of hikes in the Mahoosuc Mountains and Grafton Notch State Park, including Goose Eye, Old Speck, and the Bald Pates.
  • Canoeing: Androscoggin River or local lakes and ponds.
  • Rock Climbing: Check out the granite slabs in western Maine.

Accommodations: Cabins, and meals in the 4H cafeteria.


Coastal Islands Adventure: Details

Our base camp is University of Maine’s 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Blueberry Cove nestled in Tenants Harbor. 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. All transportation, gear, food, and instruction is included.

  • Wednesday August 26: Drop off your belongings at your residence hall at 12 Noon, check in at the Rec Center parking lot at 1:30 PM, and leave for Blueberry Cove at 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday August 27: 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 28: Spend the morning in one last activity prior to returning to campus.

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

  • Hiking: Spend the day exploring the coast.
  • Rock Climbing: Climb in Camden Hills State Park

Accommodations: Cabins, dining hall buffet-style meals.

 


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.