Orientation Explore!



    Registration closed in June.

    The program leader will reach out to you after placement is confirmed with specific information regarding your program. You will also receive a schedule for your Explore! at New Student Orientation.

    Trip Cost?

    The New Student Orientation Explore! program is included as a kick-start to your overall orientation experience here at Washington College. There is no fee for participating in this program.

    Variety of Programs

    We strive to make our programs diverse and unique to our student body. We will be offering over 30 trips this summer that range from exploring Washington D.C., to kayaking, outdoor education, and sailing on the Chester River. Individual program descriptions will be updated regularly.

    Immerse yourself in life below the surface. Observe aquatic wildlife, jump into the ocean, paddle along the river, and learn about the ecosystems beneath different waterways.

    This program gives you a sampling of what the Chesapeake Semester is all about. Participants study the history, ecology, and culture of the Chesapeake as a microcosm of the challenges and transitions confronting coastal communities around the world. Students journey in, on, and around the watershed and go kayaking, camping, and more.

    Visit the Kent County Office of Emergency Services 911 Dispatch Center, meet the Kent & Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad, and talk with Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) and para- medics about what it is like to work and volunteer in the EMS world. Tour the Maryland State Police – Aviation Command Helicopter stationed in Easton, MD, and spend part of the day in the Simulator Ambulance, equipped with a fully functioning simulation mannequin. At the end of the program, all participants will be certified in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) & AED (Automated External Defibrillation) Operations.

    The Esports industry is exploding everywhere, including on Washington College’s campus. Come spend three days either playing video games in a competitive setting, shoutcasting events, producing live streams on Twitch or editing videos for YouTube. All the action will be taking place in Goldstein Arena, the home of the Washington College Esports Club. Get a true behind the scenes look at what it takes to thrive in Esports, live streaming or creating video content for the world to see!

    On this three-day, two-night experience with Echo Hill Outdoor School (EHOS), participants engage in a series of high-ropes elements on the Challenge Course. Tour different parts of Kent County and meet a variety of personalities who call the area home. Other activities include exploring a freshwater shrub swamp by canoe and roasting marshmallows for s’mores over a beach bonfire. Enjoy a traditional Eastern Shore crab feast followed by a Chesapeake poetry and music performance to end your journey.

    Navigate the Chester River with Echo Hill Outdoor School (EHOS) on their historic wooden workboats. Experience living legacies of Maryland history while on this three-day, three-night expedition, led by captains who have spent their lives on the Chester River. Spend your days fishing, crabbing, meeting local watermen, swimming, and exploring the ecology of rural coastlines along the Chester River.

    Come explore the rivers, creeks, and streams of Maryland’s Eastern Shore with your fellow students on this three-day kayak program. The trip features a two-day, one-night camping excursion at Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area. During the overnight program, participants explore the sandy beaches of the Sassafras, pull seine nets to sample marine life, paddle through wetland habitats, fish with a hook and line, cook over an open fire, and view the upper Bay from atop the 70 foot cliffs lining the lower Sassafras River.

    Join us for a hands-on approach to learning filmmaking as you explore storytelling from doc- umentary, experimental, and narrative perspectives. You’ll work on projects — independently and/or collaboratively — to learn how to find compelling stories and then how to script, shoot and edit your film to engage your audience.

    Frederick Douglass—abolitionist, writer, orator, diplomat, and statesman—is one of the key figures in American history. In this program we will follow Frederick Douglass’s path from the Eastern Shore, to Baltimore, to America. We will explore how Douglass’s ideas, words, and legacy can inform and inspire our own paths to leadership today.

    Do you like sports, sports and more sports? Are you a fan of athletic activities indoors and out? Come spend three days playing indoor basketball, soccer and tennis, as well as other sports-related activities. Enjoy the beautiful campus as you play games outdoors and attend sports-related events as well.

    Explore Chestertown’s Arts & Entertainment District and other arts venues and studios around Kent County. Meet local artists making their living and contributing to their com- munities through art. Talk with local leaders about both the economic benefits of a strong arts sector, and its impact on the quality of life in Kent County. Enjoy performances, creative workshops, and more.

    Challenge yourself with this three-day adventure with activities such as wakeboarding, water- skiing, tubing, swimming, fishing, and paddle boarding. Students will spend most of their time on the Chester River, including a local crabbing trip. A ropes course will be included as part of the adventure.

    Join WIGS, the campus gaming club, and play games and make new friends. Like strategy? We’ve got two kinds of Risk (one of which has dragons), classic games galore, and plenty you’ve never heard of (Coup, Pushfight, Power Grid, Seven Wonders, the list goes on). Card games your thing? We’ve got Magic on lock. Maybe you’re a role-player? We have way more than just Dungeons & Dragons.

    Join us in designing and building environmentally sustainable projects such as a passive solar heat collector or our 42ft solar electric racing catamaran.

    Do you want to be a leader on campus? Do you want to be a leader who builds a better world? Meet your classmates, develop your leadership skills, and participate in a community service project. Learn about Student Government Association, the Student Events Board, and being a class officer. Participate in teambuilding and fun social events.

    Improve your overall safety awareness while learning realistic self-defense techniques in this hands-on program designed to emphasize confidence and explore the basics of self-defense. Attendees learn about awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while developing a common-sense approach to safety, both on and off campus.

    Sailboats, big and small, have long been a part of the working and recreational environment on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. A trip to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels and cruises aboard a variety of sailboats rounds out our time spent near the water. Experienced sailors will spend time teaching knots, boat rigging, steering, and other vital sailing skills aboard College boats. No prior sailing experience needed to enjoy this adventure.

    Campus Recreation runs weekly sport programs, called Intramural Sports, takes trips off cam- pus to experience outdoor adventure and oversees all Club Sports. Enjoy a mix of some of the different sports, along with a few trips off-campus to experience cool activities like crabbing and seeing a baseball game.

    Students have the power to make changes on campus and in Chestertown. Be part of making WC more sustainable. Learn about local, national, and international environmental issues. Kayak in a near-campus watershed, talk about sustainable food for the campus; and build something from reclaimed materials.

    Learn how you can make a difference in Chestertown through your interest in the law, social justice, politics, the environment, mindfulness, and equity and inclusion work. Beginning in Chestertown, students will learn what social justice looks like from our local community members while learning how to navigate their new town. We will then learn about historical social justice movements in Annapolis, MD, and conclude with a trip to a museum in Washington DC.

    Meet your new neighbors and fellow community members, work alongside your new class-mates, and build connections to your new home in ways that will make a lasting difference for years to come. Use a drill to help rebuild a wheelchair ramp for a disabled veteran, or a hammer to hang siding on the future home of a single mom and her kids, or a paintbrush on the trim of the front porch of an elderly couple – we’ll teach you how to do all of it.

    This session is all about getting to know hidden gems in the Washington College community. Explore the historic small towns that surround the college while you curate an exhibit for a local museum by the beach. Travel to Washington D.C. to get a behind-the-scenes tour of some of our nation’s greatest museums and learn how curators leverage 21st century tech- nology to share the treasures of museums with the world.



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    Disability Services

    Washington College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any accommodation, please email Liz Shirk, Disability Access Specialist at or call 410-778-7860.