On May 21 2018, Jo Coyle, Marketing & Communications Coordinator of Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School, joined Green Street Academy on their school’s five-day four-night expedition to Michaux State Forest. She documented the physical and emotional growth and journey of Crew C—dubbed “The Wolfpack” by their instructors—a group of eleven 15- to 16-year-old young men as they ventured into the wilderness for the first time.
This photojournalistic blog series explores the challenges and discoveries of these adolescents as they encounter both physical and emotional obstacles, and grow through it with help from their instructors, fellow crewmates, and personal insight.
Day 4 is kind of considered the peak of five-day expeditions, in that this is when the crew takes everything they’ve learned during the week and apply it to a day that’s rife with responsibility and independence. The instructors “phase out” for most of the day and let the crew do most everything from preparing meals to determining snack breaks to navigating four miles to the final campsite. It definitely proved to be an amusing day for the instructors and myself, and an educational day for the crew.
As the final full day in the wilderness for the crew, the evening was capped with a pensive campfire circle and a patch ceremony, an event where the crew reflects over the week and evaluate their growth.
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