Ascent Pre-Orientation Trips

GRAB Expedition

Ascent2As we welcome the class of 2018 this August, many will have already arrived on campus for athletics, music ensembles and more. This early arrival provides a gradual transition to Gettysburg before orientation, but these opportunities are not available to everyone. Recognizing this gap, the Office of Experiential Education, Garthwait Leadership Center and the Center for Public Service developed Ascent: a pre-orientation leadership initiative that combines wilderness education with place-based and service learning. This year’s wilderness programs have been designed around the “This I Believe” essay series to give first year students the opportunity to connect with peers as they begin their Gettysburg leadership experience.

Click the links below for information on specific trips:

Allegheny River Kayaking         Allegheny National Forest

Annapolis Rocks Climbing         Shenandoah National Park

Adams County Food Justice        Homelessness in DC

       Black Forest Trail                 Priest Wilderness

      Gettysburg Leadership


AscentOn these programs 
you may navigate quiet rivers by kayak or explore homelessness in our nation’s capital, but you will walk away from your five day experience with so much more. You will establish lifelong friendships, feel the accomplishment of overcoming new challenges, and gain an understanding from your peer facilitators of what lays ahead—both socially and academically—at Gettysburg College. Regardless of your experience level we design our programs with you in mind, so follow in the footsteps of so many great Gettysburg campus leaders before you and sign up for Ascent today!