DOC Trips Preview: Welcome to the Lodj!

On the 5th day, DOC Trips said… let there be LODJ!

At this point, you may be wondering what the “Lodj” is, why it continues to pop up in all your DOC First-Year Trips paperwork, or why we have a penchant for egregious misspelling and bad puns in this program.

Trippees & trip leaders hang out in front of the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge in Warren, NH.

The Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is a fully functioning hospitality business owned and operated by Dartmouth College, nestled in the mountains near Warren, New Hampshire. The Ravine Lodge provides rustic cabin accommodations and “famously fine food,” in the form of homestyle dinners and breakfast, and is open to the public. The Lodge keeps its doors open from May to October, and is frequented by Appalachian Trail hikers, Dartmouth alumni, and local guests.

During a magical few weeks at the end of the summer, the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is transformed into the “Lodj,” the ultimate destination (and indeed, the only destination) for each first-year DOC Trip. The Ravine Lodge is closed to the  public, so the Lodj can become an exclusive paradise devoid of prying eyes and paparazzi. On the 5th day of each trip, trippees will come by land, bus, and space shuttle to the Lodj, where they will be reunited with all their entire trips section. It’ll be like when Kate and Prince William were reunited after college; they never really broke up, right??

Lodj Croo 2011 poses for a group picture inside the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge.

While you’re frolicking around the Lodj, you can expect to run into Lodj Croo, a group of 16 dedicated upperclassmen who (in addition to failing 2nd grade spelling tests) help the Lodj run during trips. With the help of the regular staff at Moosilauke and a special “Kitchen Witch,” we’ll keep you fed with a warm meal and sheltered in some cozy cabins.

On the afternoon you arrive, you’ll play games and bond with your future classmates on Section A, B, C, etc.  There’s no set schedule, no hiking, no cell phone reception (as if you were allowed to bring them, HA) and no bad weather ever allowed at the Lodj. Some students spend their time playing Frisbee, board games, wiffleball, relaxing, dancing, soccer, talking, reading, and all manner of other “-ing” activities.

At night, Lodj Croo will organize a comprehensive Evening Program. No, this Evening Program isn’t like retirement home entertainment. Expect some quality laughs, some meaningful moments, and perhaps a couple surprises thrown in…

After you get a good night’s sleep with a roof over your head, you’ll be sent on your way back to Hanover around mid-afternoon the next day! Lodj Croo will miss you, probably cry a bit, and beg for your imminent return to Moosilauke.
So, without further ado, we would like to welcome you to the Lodj for DOC Trips 2012! Our names are Tommy McQuillan ’13 and Elizabeth Reynolds ’13, and we’re your Lodj chiefs this year. We’ve both served on Lodj Croo in the past, and we have been working super hard these past few months ensure that your stay at the Lodj is spectacular!

We truly believe that the Lodj is a wonderful opportunity to introduce some of the traditions that make Dartmouth such a special place. It really means a lot to us to be able to share the Lodj tradition with all of you!  See you this fall!

Your Croo Chiefs with Love,

Tommy ’13 and Elizabeth ‘13

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