A CREW OF 2,020

Give, share, and engage with us for 20 days as we look for 2,020 new crew members (donors like you) to get us through the night. We can be ready for what tomorrow brings, together.  

A Brief History of Firewatch

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. 

With a challenging world in front of us, we know that serving our students is still the most important work we can do to make an impact in this world. In order to give us a chance to adapt to the changing world in education, we’re inviting you to join our crew and make sure our fire stays lit until the new dawn.


Ways to Tend to the Fire

We have many ways for you to engage and show support. You can donate from this page, or our Facebook Fundraiser page. In trying to build our crew, we encourage you to share our Facebook campaign, or start one of your own! Use our #Firewatch2020 photo frame, or tag your summer campfire photos with #Firewatch2020.

Prizes- because that's fun!

  • (2) Conrad’s gift certificate for steamed CRAB BUSHEL and Heavy Seas BEER
  • (1) Local Oyster BOX O' OYSTERS and Charm City Meadworks MEAD
  • BONUS: Give $20 or more and receive a limited-edition CBOBS Bandana (which would make a perfect bib for your feast, just sayin’). While supplies last.

How You Enter the Raffle

To be entered to win a real Chesapeake Bay summer feast, it's as easy as one of the following ways:

  1. Donate via any of the FIREWATCH fundraising campaigns on Facebook.  
  2. Donate via our website here – www.outwardboundchesapeake.org/firewatch2020  
  3. Create your own Facebook fundraiser
  4. Share the CBOBS Facebook fundraiser 


Winners will be randomly selected during each week of FIREWATCH on the dates below. We will post the winner on our Facebook page so please see the page on each Friday of the campaign (July 24, July 31, and August 7). Our team will reach out to you either via Facebook or email to coordinate. If we do not hear back from you within two days, we will select a new winner. Once you’ve been entered your name will remain in the raffle until the campaign is over. (Yay!) Aisha Springer, CBOBS Development Coordinator, will coordinate with each winner to schedule pick-up from Local Oyster's True Chesapeake Oyster Restaurant, or to deliver the Conrad’s gift certificates and beer. Please note, you can only win once per household.  

      • July 24th: Crabs and Beer #1 
      • July 31st: Oysters and Mead 
      • August 7th: Crabs and Beer #2 

New to Our Crew?

Welcome to the CBOBS Crew! Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School (est.1986) is a non-profit educational organization serving people of all ages, backgrounds, and socioeconomic status through challenging learning expeditions that inspire self-discovery, both in and out of the classroom. We facilitate multi-day wilderness expeditions, single-day insight programs, professional programs, and have been working since the spring to bring new virtual, social emotional sessions to our school partners. We invite you to explore our website, or come take a hike on the trails of our West Baltimore base in Leakin Park.

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