Drawing of the future cabin

Camelot Bunkhouse Project 2024

A core part of the MITOC community, and in particular our access to the mountains, continues to be our well-loved “Camelot” cabin, located in central New Hampshire. As you may know, Camelot was built in the 1970s (on a shoestring budget), and it is nearing the end of its useful life. Since 2013, the Outing Club has been working to build new, safe and modern sleeping quarters on the Camelot property, which will ensure that MITOC can fulfill our mission for decades to come.

MITOC partnered with Maclay Architects to design a new bunkhouse for Camelot which will be located approximately 100m from the existing cabin. The new bunkhouse will contain five bedrooms (sleeping ten persons each), a large central hallway, and a covered deck. We anticipate the cost of the new bunkhouse to be approximately $500,000.

With the design now complete, we are actively seeking donations. If you are able, please consider donating to help us hit our fundraising target in 2024. We are breaking ground on site preparation in 2024, and fundraising permitting, we will complete the new bunkhouse in late 2024 or early 2025. This project will ensure we can fulfill our mission for the next generation of MITOCers.

MITOC provides members at-cost rentals of gear for hiking, camping, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and boating.

Stratton Student Center Closure (Updated November 2023): The student center and gear office are open again! We are resuming office hours out of the MITOC office located in the stratton student center, W20 461. Check the calendar for office hour times and staffing.

COVID Access Update (Jan 2023): You must comply with MIT's COVID-19 policies to visit MIT's campus.

Please read this whole page before coming in to rent gear for the first time. There is some administrativia involved, and planning ahead will help your rental go smoothly.

How to Rent Gear

Before You Rent

  1. Make sure you are a current MITOC member. Membership dues are good for one year.
  2. Make sure your liability waiver is up to date. To rent gear or go on official MITOC trips, you must electronically sign a liability waiver, which is valid for one year.
  3. Get approval if renting restricted gear.

    Certain climbing and watersports items require a safety review and permission from the appropriate MITOC officer before you can rent them. These items are highlighted red in the price list.

    You can get approval by emailing the address listed next to the gear 24 hours ahead of time. Be sure to include exactly what restricted gear you want to check out, what dates you’ll have it, how and where it will be used, and your level of experience with the activity.

Renting Gear

  1. Bring your checkbook. We will ask for a check as collateral for your rental. It will not be cashed unless you fail to return gear after 10 weeks and we can’t contact you after three attempts. You have two options:

    1. One-time deposit check: You write one check for the value of the gear you rent. It is destroyed when you return the gear.
    2. Frequent flyer check: You write two checks for $700 and $300. They are kept on file for one year, and you can rent as often as you like without writing more checks.

    Deposit checks are mandatory and must be personal checks. NO EXCEPTIONS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. We will not accept money orders, cashier’s checks, cash, credit cards, IDs, valuables, or anything else as collateral for rentals. Do not try to pressure deskworkers to bend this rule.

  2. Come by the MITOC office (Student center, 4th floor, room 461) during office hours. Office hours can be found on our calendar and are usually Tuesday and Thursday evenings and ocasionally Friday afternoons. Check the calendar to make sure a volunteer desk worker has signed up before coming in to the office. An event titled “Office Hours” without names appended to it means that nobody has signed up for that shift yet (note that shifts are usually staffed a few days beforehand, it’s perfectly normal for future shifts to not have a name alongside them).
  3. Go outside and have fun! Yay!

Returning Gear

  1. Make sure everything is clean and dry. We will not accept returns of wet tents, boots, sleeping bags, etc.
  2. Come to office hours and return gear.
  3. Pay for your rental.

    We accept two modes of payment: credit/debit card (preferred) or check. When paying by credit card, make sure to bring a laptop or smartphone with you to office hours.

    We charge per day that you use the gear. For example, if you rent a tent during Thursday office hours, use it on Friday and Saturday, and return it the following Wednesday, we will charge for two days of use. There is a minimum charge of one day’s use per weekend that you have gear checked out.

Winter School Rental Policy

During MITOC Winter School (during MIT’s IAP term), there are a few additional policies in effect for renting gear from MITOC:

Other Rules/Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have X type of gear for rent?

Check the price list.

I don’t have a checkbook. Can a friend/relative write a deposit check for me?

Yes. Please write the name of the renter in the memo line of the check. Frequent flyer checks must be in the actual renter’s name.

Can I reserve gear ahead of time?

No. Aside from official MITOC-run trips, all gear is first come, first served.

When are you open?

Check the calendar for office hours.

Can I rent gear for a group?

Each MITOC member may rent up to two of the same item. If you are renting for a group of N people, at least N/2 MITOC members must come to office hours.

I can’t make it to office hours. Can a friend come rent gear in my name?

Yes, but only if the following conditions are strictly met:

  1. The person picking up the gear must sign a liability waiver.
  2. You must send an email in advance to mitoc-desk@mit.edu authorizing your friend to pick up the items on your behalf, and promising that you will be the person using the gear.

We provide this service as a convenience to MITOCers whose schedule may not permit them to come to office hours. Authorizing others to rent under your name with the express purpose of skirting membership dues is a violation of MITOC policy and jeopardizes our ability to extend this courtesy to all MITOCers.

Can I leave rental returns outside of the office door?

Absolutely not. Gear is not considered returned until it has been secured inside the office and returned through the gear database. If gear left outside the office is lost, the renter of record will be charged for the full amount of the deposit. If you cannot make it yourself, try to get a friend to return your gear for you during office hours. In extraordinary circumstances (illness, etc) please contact mitoc-desk@mit.edu.

Is there a time limit on rentals?

During the month of January (Winter School), all gear must be returned by Wednesday of the next week after it is checked out. The rest of the year, rentals are limited to 10 weeks. Cabin keys, restricted gear, and boats have different rules.

If we need gear for club trips, we will announce a gear recall by email. If there is a gear recall, you must return any gear you have checked out.

Do I have to be an MIT student/affiliate to rent gear?

No. MITOC is open to all.

Do you rent downhill/alpine ski gear?

No. We have cross-country, touring, telemark, and AT ski equipment, but not resort alpine skis.

Are you making a profit off this?

No. MITOC is a student-run organization. Our officers, desk workers, and trip leaders are all volunteers. Our rental prices are designed to break even on the purchase cost over the lifetime of the equipment.


If the answer to your question isn’t on this page, contact mitoc-desk@mit.edu.