After a Year Away, the Trail Stills Feels Like Home

A lot has changed in the past year. Our work lives. Our sleep schedules. Our relationships. But while the landscape of day-to-day life may not look the same as it has in the past, the landscape of the Appalachian Trail still looks like home to those familiar with its honeydew sunrises and crisp, starry nights…. READ MORE >

Outward Bound Apprenticeship: What to Expect

Preface Fulfilling. Energetic. Immersive. Growth. Current instructors chose these words to describe their Outward Bound Apprenticeship. Many instructors consider this position to have been an exceptionally influential time in their lives. The focus on self-development, experiential learning, and community sets the tone for your tenure at Outward Bound. Whether you find a trail you have… READ MORE >

A Special Delivery Celebrating Our Scholarship Students

Our scholarship expeditions, Get Out And Lead (GOAL) for students entering grades 7-9, and Youth Leadership Corps (YLC) for students entering grades 10-12 have been a pillar of our programming since the early beginnings of our organization. Sometimes an alumnus returning after a school group expedition, or sometimes a new student striving for more, these expeditions bring together students with a desire for personal growth and leadership.  The application process can be highly competitive… READ MORE >

An Outward Bound Experience Shared through a Mother’s Lens

When Monique heard she was sending her son on a five-day backpacking course she was hesitant at best, yet after seeing William’s transformation from his expedition she couldn’t wait to send him out again. Monique shares her story of watching her son’s transformation and learn what motivated her to join the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School’s Donor Community.  

2020 Year End Appreciation & Awards

Ask any Outward Bound staff about our annual year-end celebration and they’ll probably talk about the appreciation, gratitude, and general magic of the night. Board members, administrators, and field staff (showered and dressed up) all pile into a room to share a meal together. The night comes alive as we recognize the milestone of another… READ MORE >

An Insider Look at Virtual Programming

A look back on a virtual semester With one full semester of virtual programming in the books, we wanted to go to the people on the ground (through the screen?) who have been facilitating these programs to ask them about their takeaways since working virtually with our students. Since the canceling of in-programs this spring… READ MORE >

Outward Bound Staff Selected to Join Baltimore Public Safety Commission

On November 9, Khai Overton, our Police Youth Challenge Program Coordinator was confirmed as a part of Baltimore’s inaugural Public Safety Advisory Commission. Introduced by Baltimore City Council President and Mayor-Elect, Brandon Scott, the commission will build engagement protocols and best practices for Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and community interactions. “We are excited to get… READ MORE >

Student Stories: Cooper’s Fire Watch

Fire Watch has been build into many Outward Bound expeditions. The history begins with Outward Bound’s founder, Kurt Hahn, who often would call on his students to serve as lighthouse watch in Scotland- to keep the fire going so others wouldn’t lose their way. While just teenagers, Hahn fully believed, “There is more in you… READ MORE >

Updates in Response to Racial Injustice

We stand with #StopAsianHate and look to leaders and organizations working to actively dismantle oppression. While the post may be late, it remains important. As Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month continues, we share some ways to celebrate and grow this month. We know that #StopAsianHate is more than just a post and are reminded… READ MORE >