Adventure Bound

Adventure Bound is GW's outdoor co-curricular, pre-orientation experience for first-year and new students. Meet fellow 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. More information will be released over the summer about the fall 2021 program for students new to GW.

"I loved the bonding and friendship that evolved from the shared experiences. Being with everyone and fostering these new connections made it completely worth it."

2019 Participant


Sample Activities

All of the activities are open to beginners and experienced alike, including people who have never hiked before! Browse some of our past Adventure Bound activities below.

Two women in kayaks in the Potomac river.

Kayaking along the Potomac


Three people hiking in Shenandoah National Park at the rock outcrop on Marys Rock.

Hiking in Shenadoah National Park


Whitewater rafting on the river.

Whitewater Rafting in Ohiopyle




of students agreed that they made a new friend on their Adventure Bound trip


of students agreed they gained skills that will help them be successful in college


of people can apply the Leave No Trace skills learned in AB to a future outdoor activity


Program Dates

Adventure Bound will take place over 3 to 4 days following new student move-in and during Orientation week. More information about the fall 2021 program dates will be available later this summer! 

Program Fee

The anticipated program cost for fall 2021 is $150-$350, depending on the trip activities. Final costs will be posted this summer. 


Registration will open later this summer. 


Check out our FAQs below or email Rebecca Burwell, Program Coordinator for Outdoor Leadership.

Photo of a campfire in a fire ring.


Frequently Asked Questions

Adventure Bound is planned by the staff in the Office of Student Life, including help from our student coordinator. We have over 30 trained Trails Guides, certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and AED use that lead Adventure Bound. 

Yes, for activities such as kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and surfing we use professional outfitters.

You will be contacted through your GW email account. Please check this account periodically. Not only will we email you, but additional information for your upcoming year will be sent to you throughout the summer.

If you believe you may be in need of financial assistance to participate in Adventure Bound, we may have fee waivers available to students. For more information, please contact Rebecca Burwell, Program Coordinator for Outdoor Leadership.

No! Adventure Bound is open to beginners and those that have more experience in the outdoors. 

Due to chaning policies, our COVID-19 practices will be aligned with the universities and released later this summer.