Harvard Outing Club


~The HOC Squad Goes for a Hike~


  • Step 1: Join the email list and/or like us on Facebook.
  • Step 2: Introduce yourself at office hours or a campus event.
  • Step 3: Come on an official trip.
  • Step 4: Come to leader meetings on Mondays (7:00-8:00pm at our office) and/or apply for our Leader Training Program in the fall. (FOP Leaders can automatically lead HOC trips!)
  • Step 5: Become a trained HOC leader and eventually a HOC officer!

What Does Being a Hoc Member Mean?

HOC Member is the term we use for people who want to come outside with us and/ or take advantage of our gear rental and cabin reservation programs! Membership costs $20 /6 months and we offer full no-questions-asked financial aid. There is not commitment on your end in becoming a member (think of it like a fun-outdoorsy gym membership). You pay the first time you want to take advantage of one of our programs (trips / gear / cabin / on-campus events) and with that payment you get full use of all those programs for the next 6 months! Individual trip costs are solely for covering car rental fees and are typically $15-30 for long day trips and less for local trips. Feel free to email us with any questions regarding membership.

Hunters will tell you that a moose is a wily and ferocious forest creature. Nonsense. A moose is a cow drawn by a three-year-old.

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What’s the Difference between HOC member and leader?

Members, as explained above opt-into the HOC community every 6 months and have the option of being as involved or as uninvolved in HOC as they would like. Members enjoy a casual relationship with HOC and enjoy all the access to the outdoors that HOC provides without any of the back-end obligation. Leaders are a small core of undergraduate students that go through an extensive leader training program to hone their backcountry skill set to the point where the are able to competently lead groups of inexperienced hikers into the woods. Leaders are rewarded for their additional time and effort in HOC by free membership and enjoy being a part of the tight-knit leader community. Check out our Lead With Us page to see if being a HOC leader is right for you!


Leader meetings are held during the school year every Monday from 7:00 to 8:00 at 59 Shepard 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.

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