Get Out And Lead (GOAL)

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Go into the remote backcountry. Travel as a crew on the Appalachian Trail, living only on what you carry with you. Build memories you’ll never forget.


Get Out And Lead (GOAL) is an Outward Bound scholarship program that has been developed to cultivate budding leaders through the unique challenge of an 8-day wilderness expedition backing and rock climbing along the Appalachian Trail. Students learn the skills that are critical to success and often not learned in the classroom- leadership styles, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and decision making. The ideal GOAL applicant is a 12-14 year old who already shows natural leadership abilities.

2023 Dates: August 19th -August 26th

Extended Application Deadline: April 9th



  • Application deadline extended through April 9th, 2023.
  • Complete the Application, Personal Essay, and two Letter of Recommendation forms.
  • Those selected for the course will pay a $400 fee for the program ($100 with qualifying financial aid application).
  • Open to residents of Maryland, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Those selected to continue in the process will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview. Decisions will be made after interviews are complete.

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