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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 buy-bout 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, a Chestertown native and Washington College Alumni. 

Participate in a county-wide geocaching scavenger hunt, culminating in Chestertown with an eastern shore style dinner on the historic boats. Captain William Rudek, a geocaching veteran from the Hudson River Valley of New York, will lead this scavenger hunt. 

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 at night by canoe, a 172-acre fresh water swamp. 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.