Adventure Bound

Jump start your #onlyatgw moment early and register for a pre-orientation outdoor program!

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Registration for Adventure Bound 2020 will open on May 14, 2020.  

Adventure Bound is GW's outdoor pre-orientation program. Meet fellow first-year and new transfer students, learn more about life at GW and build lasting memories in the great outdoors. Each Adventure Bound is led by experienced student guides to help you transition to GW and college life. Plus, you will be able to move into your assigned residence hall room early! Incoming students can choose from one of four types of Adventure Bound trips. Adventure Bound is open to undergraduate students that are new to GW! Registration for GW will open on May 14, 2020. 

Fee waivers may be available to those who express financial need. Please reach out to Rebecca Burwell at [email protected]

Mary's Rock along the Shenandoah Mountains hiking trip.
Backpacking in Shenandoah National Park 
August 23-26, 2020
Program Fee: $165
Join us on one of our backpacking trips through Shenandoah National Park. This trip is open to all skill levels, no experience required. We will be sleeping in tents, cooking our own food, and carrying everything on our backs in really cool internal-frame backpacks. Our regular backpacking trips cover approximately 10 miles per day and we have gear available for you to borrow. This year we will have a beginner backpacking trip that will only cover 5-6 miles per day for those that have never hiked before or are just starting out. Experience nature outside of D.C. with mountain top summits, waterfalls, and winding trails. Discover what backpacking is and how it can foster personal growth and new relationships with your fellow GW students. To learn more about backpacking and what it entails please watch this video.


Trail maintenance work
DC Exploration + Service 
August 23-26, 2020
Program Fee: $165
Want to explore D.C.'s outdoor offerings while adjusting to city life? Experience indoor rock climbing, kayaking on the Potomac River and hiking in the outskirts of D.C. all while learning about local non-profits committed to protecting natural resources. Service activities may include river cleanup and trail maintenance. Do this all while exploring your new home and building relationships with other students and your new community. Is camping not your thing? Not a problem. You'll be staying in your residence hall! Are you unfamiliar with trail maintenance? Check out this video. International students are able to attend this trip, as it is a DC-based program and they will be excused from Adventure Bound to attend their mandatory orientation on Tuesday, August 25th from 10:00am to 12:00pm. 



August 23-26, 2020
Program Fee: $300
Camp on beautiful Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay! You’ll go on a kayak tour in the Bay and experience a surfing lesson in the great Atlantic Ocean. Keep your eyes open, August is the middle of dolphin season at Virginia Beach! Spend time on the beach and hiking in Virginia's most visited state park. Camp two nights with fellow GW students under the stars. You won’t have any regrets finishing your summer with us and the dolphins at Virginia Beach! Never been sea kayaking before? Check out this video to see what it is like. 


August 23-26, 2020
Program Fee: $300

Make a splash in West Virginia as you rapidly get acquainted with other GW first-years and your guides. Enjoy two days traversing the thrills of the Youghiogheny river. On the first day take it easy and enjoy a fun trip down the middle Yough on inflatable duckies (similar to kayaks). On the second day after ripping through Class III & IV rapids whitewater rafting, gather around a campfire to enjoy some s’mores and conversation with your new classmates before pitching your tent for the night. You’ll be camping in the beautiful Ohiopyle State Park and exploring the town and amazing river views on a hike before heading back to GW. Check out this video to learn all about whitewater rafting in Ohiopyle! 


Before registering, please confirm that Adventure Bound dates do not conflict with other commitments. Student participating another pre-orientation program, including SEAS Getaway or WLP, should not register for Adventure Bound. International students are only eligible to attend the DC Exploration + Service Adventure Bound trip due to their mandatory orientation. For DC Exploration + Service international students will be excused for their mandatory new international student orientation with ISO on August 25 from 10 AM-12 PM; however, students must confirm that no additional orientation or sessions are required by their school or academic program during this time.