Firewatch is back for the second year and this time we're calling on each and every one of you to help us keep our crew connected. At its core, Firewatch is an opportunity for anyone to support Outward Bound's mission — alumni and their families, community members that care about social-emotional learning, previous donors to our school, educators, or anyone who wants to be a part of building successful futures for Baltimore/DC-based youth. For 2021, we've added an opportunity to build your own fundraiser and rally your crew toward a goal of your choosing. Our final Firewatch event will be live-streamed but some of you can even join us in person on Friday, August 13.

Use any of the links on this page to make a gift, start your fundraiser, or just RSVP for the event.


Rescue service was a part of every school in which Kurt Hahn, Outward Bound’s Founder, was involved. Depending on the local terrain, Hahn's students were often called to serve on mountain/avalanche rescue teams, fire service, lighthouse watches, and numerous community outreach projects. There were those who said it was crazy to empower teenagers with the responsibility of rescuing people from life-threatening situations or manning lighthouses on the coast. Kurt Hahn was known to reply to these accusations with the firm conviction that, “it is criminal neglect to fail to give young people that kind of responsibility!" 

When in the field with students we use this story to illustrate what is possible when you take responsibility in the world in terms of service to others. Though the practice of fire watch is a bit contrived, the debrief or question for our crew that night is 'how are you going to be of real service to your community?' Not only this, but we need each other to literally and metaphorically make it through the night. Everyone pitches in, and it's this positive group culture that gets the group to daylight. The fire watch shows them that they  “can make it to daylight” by working together as a crew. When applied to the real world, they begin to see how they can change the physical and metaphorical landscape of their surroundings, literally overnight. 

Revisit the 2020 Firewatch Stream

Last year, we did our best to keep our crewmates near and far connected to our work. On the final day of Firewatch 2020, our team live-streamed from our Baltimore campus, tending to a fire and sharing stories from our courses along the way. Not even the rain could stop us!  This year we'll also have an event, part of which you can watch from home—there's also a chance for you to experience it in person with us! More info on that here. Until then, relive our 2020 stream in all it's glory.


Let's face it, hiking boots are just not comfortable without socks, and hitting the trail barefoot can do real damage to your feet. So, we invented these custom CBOBS Compass Rose hand-knit socks to keep you a step ahead. Any gift of $21 or more will receive a pair of these beautiful foot mittens.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I start a peer-to-peer giving campaign?
Simply follow these directions:   

How much do I have to donate to be in the raffle?
You don’t! If you want to enter, just email us at and we will add your name to the raffle! Otherwise, you will automatically be entered if you have donated.  

When will I know if I won?
We will do a raffle drawing each Friday beginning on 7/16 through 8/14. If you won, we'll reach out to you personally and you can check our socials for announcements!  

How much do I have to donate to receive a pair of socks?
All donations $21 and higher will receive a pair of socks. 

Will I have any sock options?
All socks will be one size fits all and the same design.