Our 2022 Blue Heron Educator Award Winners

The Blue Heron Educator Award is designed to recognize educators who embody the characteristics of agility, integrity, compassion, and perseverance, and have gone above and beyond to inspire those same traits in their students—both in and out of the classroom. CBOBS recognizes two educators every year from their two core markets—Baltimore and Washington, DC. The… READ MORE >

A Unique ROTC Program Finishes its First Year

A new ROTC program and partnership wraps up its first year with Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from Bowie State University and University of Maryland completing a five-day wilderness expedition on the Appalachian Trail. The week-long challenge was the final step in the first year of the Building Bridges program. The program kicked off with… READ MORE >

Five Reasons to Prioritize In-Person Teambuilding in 2022

Teambuilding is more than just a fun day laughing with your coworkers—but it is that too. As our teams become increasingly hybrid and we look for ways to stay connected to the work (and people) that matter, it’s even more important to set aside time to be together. Here are five reasons you should be… READ MORE >

Welcoming New Leadership to Our Board of Trustees

At Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School, we work to change lives through challenge and discovery. Our ability to foster life changing experiences for students across Baltimore, Washington DC, and the greater DMV could not happen without the dedication and support of our Board of Trustees. We are pleased to share the appointment of our new… READ MORE >

Baltimore and DC Educators Win Inaugural Educator Award

While we’ve always had the privledge to work with educators that are tirelessly dedicated to their students and families, it has been through these pandemic year that we’ve found the importance of celebrating them even further. “With the COVID-19 pandemic causing most schools to pivot to virtual learning, educators around the country—including those in the… READ MORE >

Building Bridges

This September kicked off a new program and partnership partnering with the 2LT Richard W. Collins III Foundation, and Under Armour. Over three years, ROTC cadets of Bowie State University and University of Maryland, College Park will come together through Outward Bound one-day teambuilding and 7-day wilderness expeditions. The goal? Support emerging leaders in ROTC… READ MORE >

Real Tales from the Trail: This is Outward Bound

“I signed you up to go backpacking this summer” “What- backpacking? What’s that, like camping?” What did she just sign me up for I thought to myself. No way. I hate bugs and I’m allergic to literally everything outside. Besides, who’s gonna keep up with my social media? “Yeah, sorta. You should look it up,… READ MORE >

I Came For The Work- I’m Staying For The Community

The staff at the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School are a force to be reckoned with. They drive our work with dedication and passion for our students. After the end of the Spring Apprenticeship and season, staff gathered for a (now annual) backyard crab feast to celebrate each other and the successes of the season…. READ MORE >

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 >