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Mountward Bound: Pre-Orientation Trips

Mountward Bound Trip Options

Jump start your Mount experience with Mountward Bound with a specially designed excursions just for first-year students! Registration for Mountward Bound is open from June 1 through July 22.

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Faith is an engaging retreat providing an opportunity to get connected with Mount students and your soon-to-be classmates for fellowship, reflecting with your peers, sports and free time. Led by upperclassmen, Faith provides the opportunity for preparing for the challenge of the transition from home to campus life, excelling in your studies and living your faith.


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Plugged-In is an experience that allows you to engage with other students and get started on your college experience doing what you love: gaming. At the Plugged-In retreat, you'll play a variety of video, board, and tabletop games all aimed at building community and using games as avenues for personal growth. Along with the director of esports and some of your fellow students in the esports program, you'll engage with games and gaming culture and learn how games can help us grow socially, emotionally, and creatively.



You’ve taken a big step by committing to college, how would you like to enhance that step by strengthening your mind, body and spirit? Prepare for your time at the Mount by learning to balance your life. Our Campus Recreation wellness model will include every aspect of existence you can think of while focusing on the physical, mental, and emotional concepts during Mountward Bound. During Thrive we will feed your interest in recreational sports and fitness, enrich your leadership potential, and expose you to many healthy and fun experiences.

During Thrive, you will spend time outdoors with the Campus Recreation staff and your fellow classmates, by hiking, visiting a local State Park, going kayaking and exploring. We will experience mindfulness as we learn and grow together and travel through our wellness journey. Thrive is for anyone who is looking to build community, live a healthier lifestyle, and become more confident physically, mentally and emotionally. We are looking forward to helping you Thrive in your life at the Mount.


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Harmony is an intensive retreat to engage in college life and learning while honing your musical skills and getting to know members of the musical performing ensembles. Singers, wind players, brass players, percussionists, and string players will join with returning members of the MSMU chorale, wind ensemble, pep band and string ensemble. Work with Mount ensemble directors as you prepare for a couple of special performances for the Mount and Frederick communities. Get a jump on your experience as a college musician, make new friends and enjoy the rich artistic culture in downtown Frederick, Maryland. You also get the added benefit of moving into your dorm room ahead of the rush; a modest fee provides you with your meals, activities, and transportation to events.