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Explore the Chester River

Eastern Shore Style with Echo Hill Outdoor School                               

Explore the Chester River aboard the historic Skipjack Elsworth and the Buyboat Annie D, two of Echo Hill Outdoor School’s (EHOS) Chesapeake Bay workboats. Experience the thrill of sailing a National Treasure. Skipjacks are the last remaining sailing workboats in North America! Spend time on the Chester River swimming, crabbing, and piloting these two grand vessels with Captain Andy McCown and Captain Annie Richards, both Chestertown natives and Washington College alums.

Spend a day on a county-wide tour when the group will meet noteworthy Kent County personalities. With each visit our goal will be to learn about Kent County, Chestertown, and the lives the people live. In turn, each person we meet will get to discover something about you, where you are from, and how you came to choose Washington College. The group will present each personality we meet with an EHOS and WC T-shirt. The day is all about discovery and good will.

Spend time with Echo Hill Outdoor School leaders on the school’s exciting challenge course! Climb the forty-foot Giant’s Ladder, soar down the 100-yard Zipline, release yourself on an exhilarating Giant Swing, or climb and belay on the fifty-foot Alpine Tower. The individual and group challenges are yours to choose from. New and challenging events help participants discover new things about themselves and each other.

Explore the EHOS Nature Preserve, a 172-acre fresh water swamp, at night by canoe. Enjoy S’mores and a bonfire on the pristine beach on the Chesapeake Bay. Venture back onto the Chester River aboard the workboats Spirit and Twilight to meet a local waterman harvesting his catch, and enjoy the crab feast that will follow this morning excursion. Participants will reside in rustic, air-conditioned EHOS dormitories with family style meals provided in the Harris Hall dining hall.