DGOC Hosts Overnight Camping Trip to Gilman Island

On July 29, 2013 by Grad Forum

dgoc_camping_thumbnail_1On Friday, July 19, the Dartmouth Graduate Outing Club (DGOC) hosted an overnight camping trip to Gilman Island, an island in the Connecticut River just south of Ledyard Bridge. Twenty-five graduate students and some friends rowed their way via canoes downriver to get a little taste of wilderness living for the night.

A mix of experienced campers and those who had never pitched a tent before shared the opportunity to take a break from their busy summer work schedules and revel in the camaraderie of fellow graduate students. Jessica Goold, a first-year graduate student in psychological and brain sciences (PBS), commented, “I was a little timid about going on this trip because I didn’t know anyone very well, but the camaraderie of the other graduate students and adventures we had made it one I will never forget.”

DGOC Vice President Jim Peck gave everyone a brief canoeing lesson before campers carried their canoes to the water, filled them with food and gear, and pushed off. Upon arriving on the island, participants got a fire blazing and set up their tents before enjoying a refreshing swim in the river. Later, students huddled around the campfire to roast hot dogs, corn, and, of course, the campfire classic—s’mores. Everyone sat around the campfire talking and having fun; even a little rain could not dampen the positive mood. Early the next morning campers rose to a breakfast of bagels and fruit before repacking their tents and gear to row back upriver. Canoes departed one or two at a time carrying satisfied students back home.

This trip marked the first DGOC trip of the school year planned by Gilbert Rahme, the newly elected DGOC president. “The Graduate Outing Club recently transferred the leadership reins from the creator and first president, Jeff Robinson, to Gilbert Rahme. This successful handoff of leadership is a sign of a growing and strengthening organization, and bodes well for the future of the club,” said Marcus Welker, a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology, and also the secretary of the DGOC.

“I really liked the trip. I found very good new friends. The trip was well organized, and I cannot wait for the next trip,” said Saleh Masoodian, a research assistant at Thayer. Haofeng Li, a PhD candidate at Thayer and one of the Graduate Student Council’s social chairs added, “I hope I can do this again really soon!”

The Graduate Forum congratulates Rahme on his induction as the new president of the DGOC and on the success of his inaugural camping trip! The DGOC hopes to see even more students at the next event. To stay posted on upcoming events planned by the DGOC, join their Facebook group online.

by Henry Paige

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