Adventure Bound

Jump start your #onlyatgw experience with a unique pre-semester program!


Registration for Adventure Bound 2018 is closed. Check out the TRAiLS program for more outdoor adventure and leadership opportunities. 

Adventure Bound is GW’s outdoor orientation program that happens the week before classes begin. This once in a lifetime experience gives you a chance to develop new friendships and ask any lasting questions you have about GW! Take part in this amazing opportunity to try something new and spend time outside before you start your college experience in a busy city. 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! Come play outside with us!

Incoming students can choose from one of five Adventure Bound trips. See below for trip descriptions, photos, fees, and dates.

*Registration is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens Monday, April 23 and will close on Friday, July 20 or when we reach capacity. The eservices site is no longer available. You may now register online by clicking hereYou are not fully registered until you receive an email confirmation from [email protected] (sent to your GW email account). Students must register for CI before being eligible for a pre-semester program.

Program fees vary by trip and will be added to your student bill. We don't want cost to be a barrier to participation, and therefore, program fee waivers may be available for individuals who demonstrate a financial need. Please email Natalie Hershberger at [email protected] for more information regarding fee waivers.

For more information, check out our responses to some frequently asked questions or email [email protected] with any additional questions.  



Cost: $350 - Special 2018 rate!!
Dates: August 20-24, 2018

Let your wild side out in the wonderful wilderness of West Virginia! TRAiLS guides will accompany you and other additional incoming students to the ACE Adventure Resort. You will stay in cabins and have access to flushing toilets and showers. All participants will have the opportunity to go whitewater rafting and enjoy lake activities. Additionally you can choose between several options including rock climbing, ziplining, or paintballing! Following hours of fun with newly acquired friends, you can munch on the provided scrumptious food. 




Cost: $350

Dates: August 19-24, 2018

Total Miles Hikes: 12


Camp on beautiful Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay! You'll go on a sunset kayak in the Bay and stand-up paddle boarding in the great Atlantic Ocean. You will hike a total of 12 miles to your remote campsite on the beach and spend time on some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast. You get to sleep in tents on the beach and sleep under the stars. Also, August is the middle of dolphin season at Virginia beach! Check out more photos on our flickr account.





Cost: $400
Dates: August 20-24, 2018

Make a splash in West Virginia as you rapidly get acquainted with other GW first-year students and your guides. Enjoy two thrilling days traversing the upper and lower New River. Following days of ripping through class IV rapids, 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 on River Expeditions grounds and rapiding on the New River: the oldest river on the continent and commonly referred to as the "The Grand Canyon of the East." Check out photos at our flickr account!




Backpacking Trips: This description applies to the following trips (Harpers Ferry and Mary's Rock).

Backpacking is an outdoor activity that involves hiking and carrying gear on your back. Everyday you will hike from one shelter to the next and bond with fellow first-year students along the way. Even though there is no running water, there are outhouses available. There are no toilets or showers on the trail. We'll teach you backcountry practices, you'll get to sleep under the stars, and you'll experience beautiful nature without any distractions.

We do not recommend any trip if you have had a recent injury or serious illness. Keep in mind: you will experience these trips in new environments, different climates, and various elevations changes. If you have any concerns or questions please contact Bridgette Behling at [email protected]



Harpers Ferry

Cost: $200
Dates: August 19-24, 2018
Total Miles Hiked: 36.3


For 4 nights and 5 days, enjoy this backpacking trip that will take you through the Appalachian Trail! Enjoy scenic overviews and rolling hills while making new friends and memories. Get ready to end your trip with arguably the most beautiful and famous views! Experience with hiking recommended, but an exciting challenge for first-timers! Check out more photos on our flickr account!


mary's rock







Mary's Rock

Cost: $200
Dates: August 19-24, 2018
Total Miles Hiked: 30.5

For 4 nights and 5 days, allow your thoughts to trail off amongst the tranquil landscapes of the Appalachian Trail! Share a great sense of satisfaction after days on the trail along with fellow first-year students and your guides. Overlook the iconic view from Mary's Rock towards the end of the trip and make memories with new friends in the mountains on this quintessential backpacking trip! Experience with hiking recommended, but an exciting challenge for first-timers. Check out more photos on our flickr account.
*Registration Note for International, Transfer, Fall CI, SEAS, and WLP Students:
Incoming students attending CI 7 or 8 should not register for Adventure Bound as it conflicts with your orientation programs. Additionally, SEAS students and WLP participants cannot participate in Adventure Bound as the SEAS New Student Getaway and the WLP orientation occur during the same time as Adventure Bound.