Wondering what’s up with the HOC and how you can get involved? Well you’ve come to the right place! If you have any additional questions feel free to contact one of the club’s officers (our addresses are listed below).
Founded in 1939, the HOC exists purely to help the Harvard community get outside and have fun in the outdoors. So whether we’re hiking, backpacking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or biking, we want you to come along! We both run trips and loan gear (as well as lots of fun on-campus events like square dances and movie screenings). You’ll want to get on our email list to find out about and sign up for our trips – don’t worry, it’s low traffic! We also have a super awesome cabin in the White Mountains that our members can pay a small fee to use. So read on to find out more about the club. Hope to see you on some trips soon, feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions, and happy trails!
Any Harvard affiliate is welcome to join. Membership is $20.00 per semester, which allows you access to all of our gear. You can pay dues any time, including when you come to the office to borrow gear.
We run trips throughout the school year. They’re announced over our email list, so the best way to get involved is to join the list and keep an eye out for signups. Trips are also posted on our calendar.
Absolutely no experience is necessary, so even if you’ve never hiked before, come on a trip! Leaders will include the experience/fitness level necessary for a particular trip in their announcement. We do everything from easy day hikes to weekend-long adventures, and we even run a 5-day winter cabin trip over J-Term! There’s something for everyone.
Trip costs include things like car rentals and cabin fees, and we do our best to keep them at a minimum. Financial aid is also available – just ask your trip’s leaders when you sign up.
In addition to official trips, the HOC also maintains the largest outdoor gear cooperative at Harvard, accessible free of charge for all dues-paid members. For only $20 a semester, you can have constant borrowing rights to everything from tents to sleeping bags to skis to kayaks. Gear can be taken out and returned at office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, but subject to change as announced over the email list.
Be sure to check out the Gear & Office Hours page for more info.
You: “Wait, you guys square dance? I thought you just did hiking and stuff.”
Us: “Yep, we square dance too!”
You: “Well how do I find out about these awesome dances?”
Us: “Read the info below, silly!”
Great, now that that’s out of the way, about our square dances: We hold two square dances each year—one in the fall and one in the spring—in the Adams House Dining Hall. For the unfamiliar, square dancing, perhaps the greatest of all American folk dances, is designed for literally all levels of experience as the ‘caller’ announces every move and actively teaches the handful of simple motions. On top of that, the music is provided by a live, upbeat, generally awesome bluegrass band. All our dances are free, open to everyone, and a unique social event at Harvard. Hope to see you there!
Leader meetings are held during the school year every Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 at 15 Linden St. and are open to both trained HOC leaders and anyone with outdoors leadership experience or a genuine interest in becoming more involved with trip & activity planning, leader community events, and club administration.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!