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.
A native Floridian, Phyllis has called the greater DC region home for the past 16 years. She has dedicated her career to mission-focused organizations, leading teams in both grant making and grant seeking. She has also devoted her career to creating equitable and diverse work environments, and chaired the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at WAMU, the NPR station in Washington, DC. In leading the development strategy and efforts at CBOBS, she is focused on seeking transformative support to make Outward Bound accessible for all students in the mid-Atlantic region. Phyllis is a proud Gator, receiving her bachelors’ degree from the University of Florida, School of Journalism and Communications.
Mike came to Outward Bound looking for challenge and adventure. At first a lawyer, the desk at the law firm didn’t cut it. The courtroom was not his preferred office either, so he chose to get outside and pursue a longtime goal of becoming an Outward Bound Instructor. For 4 years he has led students of all ages and backgrounds around the country’s woods, rivers, mountains, and of course, Maryland’s beautiful Chesapeake Bay. Colorado adopted him, but as a native of Washington, DC, Mike is now part of the team bringing that Outward Bound magic to the nation’s capital. Like most instructors, he’s not great at sitting still, but when he’s around, talk to him about skiing, the Washington Capitals, live music, surfing, and the next trip somewhere.
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.
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!
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!).
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