A modern liberal arts education takes whatever you’re passionate about—history, medicine, music, law, neuroscience, engineering, poetry, teaching, the environment—and helps you understand how it will impact the world around you.
It is the mission of the College to engage students of uncommon promise in an intense full-time education of their minds, exploration of their creative faculties, and development of their social and leadership abilities. Bowdoin is all about connections; the people you meet here – faculty, staff, coaches and friends – will be your friends for a lifetime. Polar Bear Rugby Camp, in a few short days together, strives to emulate this mission for all.
Bowdoin College’s Pickard Fields cover 35 acres of some of the best groomed field space in New England. Blessed with excellent natural drainage, the fields are supported by in-ground irrigation and are well-tended by a devoted field crew. Bowdoin College has been the host site for many NESCAC, New England, and Northeast Regional Rugby Tournaments for Division I and II men and women. The USA Women’s Eagles spent their 3-week Residential Camp here, prior to the 2010 World Cup.
NOTE: Pickard Fields are being renovated in Summer/Fall 2023. Next year we will have a brand new grass rugby facility with lights, bleachers, pressbox, and more, as well as a new multipurpose turf field. This summer, camp will be held at Whittier Field, a turf field.
Athletic Training Coverage
Certified Athletic Trainers and a Nurse are on the sidelines for the duration of the camp and in residence halls, available 24/7. Access to training rooms for supplies and care is available and included in the cost of camp. Should it be necessary, two hospitals are within a 5 and 10 minute drive of Bowdoin College.
Housing and Meals – Dorms & Dining on Campus for 2023
Students are housed in college dorms in Coles Tower with private bedrooms and a large common space. Sheets, pillows and towels are provided. Should you prefer to attend as a Commuter, the College has negotiated with local hotels in Brunswick and Freeport for discounted rates for your stay. Please also research the area yourself, as there are many hotels, B&B’s and campgrounds in the greater Brunswick and Midcoast area, some within walking distance of campus, some downtown, and others along the coast.
Residential campers will enjoy three meals/day from a wide selection of freshly prepared choices from Bowdoin Dining, the #2 college dining facility in the country! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available daily. Other dietary restrictions are easily accommodated. Please note any restrictions on your registration form.
Commuters should plan to arrive and check in, well in advance of the first session each day. Further information about drop off and pick up times and locations will be furnished via email before camp begins. Commuter campers without their own cars should plan on being picked up at 8:45pm. Campers under 18 must check in and out EACH day with camp staff.