Ascent Pre-Orientation Trips

Note: Registration for Ascent will begin on Get Acquainted Day, April 16. Final trip locations and timelines will change before that time. 

GRAB Expedition


August 19-24, 2016



Annapolis Rocks Climbing    South Mountain 

 Homelessness in DC     Gettysburg Leadership   

 Shenandoah National Park    Black Forest Trail  

 Allegheny Reservoir Kayaking   



AscentDeveloped by the Office of Experiential Education, the Garthwait Leadership Center, and the Center for Public Service, Ascent is Gettysburg College's pre-orientation leadership program. These trips combine wilderness education, service learning and historical context with the “This I Believe” essay series to provide opportunities for first year students to connect with peers as they begin their Gettysburg leadership experience.

On these programs you may trek through forests, explore homelessness in our nation’s capital, or study Gettysburg's leadership legacy, but you will walk away from your five day experience with so much more. You will create meaningful friendships, feel the accomplishment of overcoming new challenges, and gain an understanding from your peer facilitators of what lies ahead at Gettysburg College. Regardless of your experience level we design our programs with you in mind, so follow in the footsteps of so many Gettysburg leaders before you and sign up for Ascent today!