The Colby Outing Club, the College’s biggest club for many years running, celebrated its centennial Feb. 26. “The Colby Outing Club was organized and a constitution was adopted on Feb. 26, 1914,” and “officers were elected at a meeting held March 4, 1914,” according to minutes found in the Colby archives by Hubert “Jim” Merrick ’75, library assistant in Special Collections.
Little could the founding alumni trustees—Reuben W. Dunn 1868, William C. Crawford 1882, and Robie G. Frye 1882—have imagined that today 200 dues-paying members would hustle to sign up for trips online knowing that spaces will be filled 20 to 30 minutes after trips are posted on the Outing Club website. That, according to COC Co-President Hannah Dhonau ’14, is how strong demand is for outdoor experiences—despite the fact that the club changed its structure to add six new leader positions this year. About 400 students (the total number of students at Colby in 1914) now receive e-mails from the COC alerting them when trip sign-ups will be posted she said.
The club observed its centennial Feb. 26 with cakes in Pulver Pavilion, including one in the shape of an L.L. Bean boot. In Miller Library Merrick unveiled a display of COC memorabilia that morning.
Dhonau said the club is working on a COCtennial plan with a goal of 100 trips by the end of 2014. Co-President Ariella Gintzler said plans include a tent city allowing as many students as possible to sleep under the stars this spring, and she had begun conversations involving COC alumni in the centennial.