Your First Year

Orientation Explore

Register for Explore Programs Starting April 2nd!


Download Orientation Booklet

Download move-in schedule (PDF)


You will be given a specific schedule for your Orientation Explore program upon arriving to campus.

Orientation Explore offers an exciting start to your first year at Washington College. Gain valuable skills, get a jump-start on getting involved on campus, and meet other students with similar interests.

  • Capital Crawl

    A weekend of adventuring in Washington DC and Annapolis including a visit to Capitol Hill, Tea at the British Embassy, and exploration of the historic Annapolis Harbor.

  • Chesapeake Semester Crash Course

    Explore the environment by kayak and spend an evening camping. Catch crabs with watermen, visit the Maritime Museum and a National Wildlife Refuge. 


    Visit the 911 Center, Rescue Squad, Hospital, MSP Helicopter, Chesapeake College’s EMS Program, and become CPR & AED certified.

  • Experience the Chester River- Live on It!

    Live aboard a skipjack and enjoy fishing, swimming, exploring remote shorelines, cooking and eating local crabs.

  • Filmmaking Boot Camp

    Learn filmmaking as you explore storytelling from documentary, experimental, and narrative perspectives.

  • In the Footsteps of GW

    We’ll follow George Washington’s life and work from Mt. Vernon to DC and Chestertown to understand his legacy as a soldier, a farmer, an entrepreneur, a leader, and a citizen.

  • Sculpture in Chestertown

    Kent County: A Space to Create

    Enjoy performances, creative workshops and studio tours as you explore Chestertown’s Arts & Entertainment District and other arts venues around Kent County.

  • Let’s Play: Washington College

    Roleplaying games, board games, trading card games, and even video games! Meet others with similar interests. No experience necessary.

  • Kayaking on the Chester

    Place and People

    Explore the local environment and all CES has to offer. Spend time kayaking, camping, bird banding, hiking, and forming some of your closest new friendships. 

  • Sail the Sultana

    Explore history on the water in an exciting and scenic three-day sailing adventure aboard the Royal Navy Schooner HMS Sultana.

  • Self Defense & Safety

    Learn how to defend yourself and use helpful safety tips against danger in a fun and fulfilling way with other First-Year Students.

  • shore and sports logoShore & Sports

    From Crabbing and Wakeboarding to Badminton and Ultimate frisbee, get a head-start on trying out some of our fun recreational offerings here at Washington college

  • The Story of Where

    Learn about the ancient and powerful technology that helped create a legend. We are the GIS Program; we make so much more than maps.

  • Tour de Shore

    Enjoy cycling through beautiful places surrounding Chestertown and the Chesapeake!

  • WACked Out Service: Habitat for Humanity

    Get a jump start on community service at WAC by working as a team to support the vitality of the local community. 

  • Skipjack Ruark Chesapeake Adventure 

    You will sail a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack off Tilghman Island, visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and we will share in a Chesapeake tradition – a good old fashioned crab feast!   

  • PinboardDIY Crafts 

    To Pinterest, and beyond!  With the guidance of experienced crafters and provided supplies, you can take on a craft you weren’t sure how to start on your own. 

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    Experience Kent County-Eastern Shore Style

    Get to know the Eastern Shore by traveling the waterways to discover the culture of the area and new aspects of yourself. 

  • Exploring the Waterways

    Explore the pristine rivers, creeks, and streams of Maryland’s Eastern Shore with your fellow students on this three-day kayak program.


  • bookshelf If You Build it

    Get crafty with experience from Washington College’s professional carpenters to gain skills and build items such a leaning tower bookcase or a bird house that will benefit you, the school, and Chestertown! 

  • dodgeball Indoor Games & Activities

    Start your semester off strong with indoor sports such as tennis, basketball, dodgeball, and other great activities.

  • Land and Sea Adventure

    Experience the outdoors with crabbing, a challenge course, wakeboarding, fishing, and an array of watersports.

  • Permaculture

    Create a healthy and productive relationship with the natural world through ecological design.


    Plugged In

    Explore the evolution of media from print to the palm of your hand through workshops, case studies, and trips to NPR Headquarters and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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    Sleuths on the Shore

    Explore historic towns around the college while you work behind the scenes in a museum by the beach. Learn how curators leverage 21st century tech to share the treasures of museums.

  • WAC sailboats Set Sail for College

    College is the perfect time to learn new skills. Learn to sail and experience all the Eastern Shore has to offer without the drone of a motor. This program is designed for all levels.


    Shore Fit

    Learn to navigate the health and wellness community of Chestertown. Energize the start of the school year with fitness—SUP yoga to group exercise and more.

  • Top Chef

    Want to learn how to cook delicious meals in your dorm room? Chefs from WAC and Camp Pecometh will help you create, serve, and enjoy your own dishes, with a cook-off on the last day!

  • Underground Railroad

    Travel the path from slavery to freedom in this living history immersion experience. We’ll visit the Harriet Tubman State Park, and gather supplies to retrace a route of the Underground Railroad. 

Registration for all Orientation Explore programs is open!

Questions? Call Laura Johnstone Wilson, Special Projects Coordinator, at 410-778-6587 or email

Washington College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any accommodation, please contact Andrea Vassar, Section 504/ADA Coordinator at, or call 410-778-7883.


Registration opens April 2 and closes June 28. Trip space is limited so we recommend signing up early! Notification about program placement will be before July 6th

Trip Cost?

The Orientation Explore programs will be 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 30 trips this summer that range from workshops, kayaking, outdoor education, and sailing on the Chester River. Individual program descriptions will be updated regularly.