Your First Year

Orientation EXPLORE

Orientation Explore Programs are now closed!

Move-In Schedule: Click here for a printable pdf version of the schedule.

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


Each Orientation Explore program provides the opportunity to gain leadership skills, a jump-start on getting involved on campus, and a chance to meet other students with similar interests. 

  • Outdoor activities are a great way to become acquainted with Chestertown and the Eastern Shore. Through these programs you will gain appreciation for the environment that surrounds Washington College and the community!
  • Connecting Washington College students with people in Kent and Queen Anne’s County. These programs create positive changes for our community partners as well as an educational experience for you!
  • Washington College and community leaders come together to share their knowledge and expertise through academic enhancement. These programs are designed to inspire intellectual and personal development in an area of interest to you!

  • Capital Crawl

    A weekend of adventuring in Washington DC and Annapolis including a private Capitol Building Tour, a show at the Kennedy Center, and adventure on the Annapolis Harbor.

  • Dying to Knit

    Learn a relaxing, fun hobby that will keep you warm during the cold Maryland months at Washington College.

  • 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.


  • Finding Your Passion

    Experience the interconnectivity of our environment, our community and ourselves by getting to know passionate individuals from the college while exploring the Chester River, local parks and environmental education programs.

  • Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad

    Travel the path from slavery to freedom in this living history immersion experience. We’ll visit the Harriet Tubman State Park, research 19th c. sources, and gather supplies needed to retrace a route of the Underground Railroad. 

  • In the Footsteps of GW

    We’ll follow George Washington’s life and work from Mount Vernon to DC, and to our own community of Chestertown, to better understand his legacy as a soldier, a farmer, an entrepreneur, a leader—and a citizen.

  • 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.

  • Permaculture

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

  • 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.

  • Top Chef

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

  • Tread Lightly - Learn to Swim

    College is a perfect time to try new things and harness new skills. Unlock more opportunities to experience the Eastern Shore by learning how to swim. This program is designed for beginner and non-swimmers.  

  • Washington’s Secret History

    Become a history detective and unearth the secret history of Washington College.

  • Chesapeake Semester Crash Course

    Explore the local environment by kayak and spend an evening camping. Catch crabs with local watermen, visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and visit a local farm. 


    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.

  • Get Social

    Set yourself up for social networking beyond Snapchat. Build your brand and use social media to promote yourself—yep, that’s a thing!

  • If You Build it

    Get crafty and learn hands-on experience to gain lifelong skills to build and create items that will keep your semester organized and your campus beautiful.

  • 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, and kayaking.

  • Maker Bootcamp in IDEAWORKS

    Learn about tools and trends in the Maker Community and get your hands on the 3D printers, laser cutter, and more!  

  • Place and People

    Explore the local environment and all CES has to offer. Spend time kayaking, camping, bird banding, hiking, doing archaeology and more. 

  • Sailing

    This program is designed to enhanced the experience of both novice and veteran sailors with exposure to various forms of local sailing including, skipjacks and log canoes.

  • 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.

  • Tour de Shore

    Enjoy cycling through beautiful places surrounding Chestertown and the Chesapeake!   

  • WACked Out Service

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

  • Writers on the Water

    Explore areas where Eastern Shore authors have traveled and read their works from the vantage point that inspired them. 

Registration for all Orientation Explore programs is now closed!  

Our Orientation Explore programs offer 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.

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 June 1 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.