OUTWARD BOUND IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL

Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School has launched Outward Bound’s first-ever campus in Washington DC! We’ll be growing our operations to include a new, physical location in collaboration with DC Parks and Recreation, complete with space to offer high-ropes day programs and as a basecamp for our wilderness expeditions to start/end right in the heart of the District.

This new campus will also allow us to bring our Character Curriculum into schools that need our programming to improve social emotional learning in DC classrooms, whether that’s through our in-classroom facilitation, one-day teambuilding, or five-day wilderness expeditions. We’ve been perfecting our programs for over 30 years, and are proud to be able to provide end-to-end support for the partner schools we work with to ensure we can address the needs of students, educators, school administrators, and the communities that surround them.

Read our DC Case for Support


Voices of DC | Endorsing Outward Bound

Hear from the likes of Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, as well as Congressman (and Outward Bound Alum) Don Beyer as they share their excitement for our new venture into Washington DC. We’re honored to have these distinguished individuals take the time to voice their support for our future work within the DC Education System.


MEET THE DC TEAM

While our entire staff at Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School is dedicated to our DC Campus,
our growing cohort of DC-based crewmates are the face of Outward Bound in Washington.

ASHLEY BERTOLINI

ASHLEY BERTOLINI


DC Program Manager

Ashley is a self-proclaimed “camp kid”. Growing up in Western New York, she spent all of her free time outside exploring, camping, hiking, swimming and horseback riding. When she wasn’t outdoors, she spent her time planning her next adventures. She loved sharing her curiosity and passion for the outdoors with anyone who would listen. This led her to study social studies education at SUNY Fredonia. After college, she worked as a youth department coordinator before expanding her love of experiential learning into the international realm. Ashley obtained her masters in International Education from New York University where she worked on projects related to education in emergencies. To continue thinking about diverse ways to view education and learning, she joined the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone. She spent her two years learning alongside her students while incorporating nature as a classroom into her lessons. After returning from West Africa, Ashley joined the gap year field working for the New Zealand based company, Pacific Discovery. She facilitated intentional and ethical travel with groups of students through Central America and South East Asia. Ashley worked with students on cross-cultural competency, sustainable travel, personal growth, and developing an inclusive group culture. When she is not sharing her excitement about experiential education, you can find Ashley reading, frequenting cozy cafes, or learning a new hobby like latte art.

LISA KIRCH


Regional Advancement Officer, DC

Lisa was born in Chicago, IL, and moved to the DMV to pursue a graduate degree in English Literature. She loves the outdoors, having grown up near the shores of Lake Michigan, and was grateful to land in a region with so many opportunities to camp and hike. She taught college writing while earning her doctorate, and towards the end of her degree, had the good fortune to try her hand at grant writing. For the past nine years, she has enjoyed a career in fundraising at a community-based nonprofit that serves children and families. She also has a husband and two children who love to climb. With a passion for raising money and a belief in the power of experiential education, she is thrilled to lend her skills to CBOBS! During her spare time, Lisa can be found reading, wandering through Rock Creek Park, singing around the house, and eating chocolate.

SHEY LAMBERT


Sales & Scholarships Associate

A native of Knoxville, TN, Shey grew up exploring the lush landscapes of the southern Appalachian Mountains and the vibrant trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was through his own experiences of exploration in the wilderness of these lands that broadened his love for the outdoors and guided his understanding of how one’s own immersive experience in nature can create a backdrop for challenge and discovery within one’s own self. After failing to graduate high school, Shey found guidance through participation and involvement in asset based, outdoor and experiential education programming much like what we offer here at Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. These experiences fostered and instilled confidence, adaptability, and determination within himself and equipped him with the certitude that he was capable of confronting and overcoming any challenges or obstacles that life may throw his way. As of today, Shey has become the first generation in his family to have obtained a college degree. He has earned an Associate of Arts in Outdoor Leadership Education and Recreation from San Juan College, a Bachelor of Arts in Adventure Education from Prescott College, and a Master of Science in Recreation Management from Southern Illinois University. Shey knows the incredible impact an expedition or experience with Outward Bound can have on a person’s life and he wants to make certain all students in the DC area have accessibility to these opportunities through the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School.

Virtual Ribbon Cutting | October 22, 2020

In late October, we decided it was time to share the news about our launch in DC with the community via a virtual ribbon cutting event. We were joined by distinguished members of the community including some of our educational partners, students, board members, and Outward Bound staff. You can now watch the entire 40-minute event and hear from more members of our Outward Bound network in DC. Still have questions? Want to get more involved? Know a middle or high school we should be working with? Contact us!

GET INVOLVED


We’re looking for people who want to join us in our mission to bring Character Education programs to as many students in the DMV as we can. Refer us to your child’s school, donate in any amount to help us provide scholarship resources, become part of our DC Steering Committee, or bring your organization to us for some high-value team-building (we have virtual options!).