It's official — 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 or new virtual programs for distance learning. 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. Our team hopes that you'll join us in celebrating this exciting new chapter for our school with two special events during the week of October 19, 2020. Stay tuned to our social media channels for even more content about our plans for DC during this week as well!



Gather with alums from the Baltimore and Washington, DC area for a virtual watch party and discussion hosted by Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School and Outward Bound USA. We’ll join to watch a few film shorts centered around the celebration of who we are outside and the challenges that can often bring. Featured shorts will include Go Dark – a Wild East Story (Appalachian Trail Conservancy), Akuna Hikes - PTSD Healing Through Hiking (Merrell), and Women of Rock (Adam Moffat). We’ll then hear from a panel of Outward Bound instructors and students as well as others exploring the important work of identity in the outdoors. RSVP for the event here.



Join Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School as we hear from Outward Bound’s Leadership, along with key members of the DC Community to celebrate the launch of an Outward Bound first-ever campus in Washington DC. The event will be broadcast live via Zoom and give you a chance to ask questions about our work. Expect to learn about who we are, the members of our team, and hear a little bit about our plans for 2021 and beyond. While this is, in fact a Zoom webinar, it will probably be a lot less like the work meetings you've been attending—trust us! If you're interested in attending, please contact our Development Team for event information.


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.

Read below to find out a little more about each of them and come meet them during our Virtual Ribbon Cutting event.



Deputy Director

Gavin has joined the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School as of December 2019. Gavin was born in Washington DC and graduated from high school in Montgomery County Maryland. Gavin then went on graduate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing in the spring of 2009 and is a proud brother of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.  Gavin has always believed in the power & impact of service to a cause greater than self and has dedicated his life to the service of others. For the past ten years Gavin has served the DC community as an Americorps member, program director, and lead fundraiser with City Year Washington DC.  Gavin is also a recent alumnus of the Voyageur Outward Bound School having spent eight-days camping in northern Minnesota and has a newfound love for dog-sledding & cross-country skiing. Gavin loves movies, dancing, hiking, and french fries. Gavin is incredibly excited to support the CBOBS expansion and growth in the DC area. "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. -Fredrick Douglass"


Associate Program Director

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.

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