HAVE FUN MOVING FORWARD.

We are happy to have you join us for a day of teambuilding and adventure with Outward Bound!

After a day with us, our goal is for each person to walk away with practical skills they can apply to their life while also contributing to their group’s overall success and progress.

Our expert facilitators use outdoor environments to help thousands of individuals achieve more than they thought possible each year. Since 1986, we have been committed to providing a physically and emotionally safe environment for our participants to grow.

 

WHAT TO BRING

REGISTRATION FORM: Complete the online registration form before you arrive! You'll get that emailed or texted from someone at your organization.

WATER BOTTLE

LUNCH? Coordinate with your group if you should pack a lunch or if your group is providing lunch for you.

SHOES: Athletic, close-toed shoes please.

CLOTHES: Dress for the weather – we will be outside all day! In the event of forecasted rain, bring a rain jacket if you have one, otherwise we have some you can use.

CELL PHONES: Please keep cell phones away and on silent during the program. We will have a secure place to lock phones and keys but don’t bring any valuables you won’t be needing during the day.

MEDICATION: Emergency medications such as inhalers, epi-pens, insulin, etc… Any allergies or health concerns (especially those requiring an epi-pen, inhaler, or other medications) should be reported to your facilitator upon arrival.

We believe that hands-on, experiential learning paired with relevant content makes for the most impactful learning.

 

Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound’s Adult programs bring groups together in an innovative environment through collaborative activities and personal discovery.

You will spend the day in a small group with an Outward Bound facilitator who will use group challenges, problem-solving exercises, and reflective discussion to provide a unique environment for you and your team to connect and innovate together.

Outward Bound facilitators use questioning strategies to help groups process their experience and apply learning from their Outward Bound program back to their organization, team, or classroom.

Many groups who come to our Baltimore Campus are able to use our high ropes challenge course. Our trained Outward Bound staff will monitor small groups who have the opportunity to climb and belay for a portion of the day with us!

A Sample Day Itinerary*

9am | Check In & Group Welcome Activities
10am | Warm Up Activities – Connection & Problem Solving
11am | Team Challenge & Debrief – Communication & Leadership
12pm | Lunch Break
1pm | High Ropes Climb – Challenge & Supportive Environment
2pm | Debrief & Takeaways – Reflection & Goal Setting
3pm | Group Closing Activity & Depart

*Check with your organization for your groups booked arrival and departure time!

BALTIMORE LUNCH SUGGESTIONS:

Classic Catering http://www.classiccatering.com/classic-go-menus/
Atwater’s https://www.atwatersfood.com/catering
Jay’s Deli http://www.jaysdeli.com/menu/
Peace of Pizza https://www.peaceapizzacatonsville.com/

If you are having your lunch delivered to our Baltimore Leakin Park location, please instruct your selected vendor to deliver to the below address at 11:30 am.

Baltimore Outward Bound Office
Leakin Park
1900 Eagle Drive
Baltimore, MD 21207
410-448-1721

DC LUNCH SUGGESTIONS:

We're still discovering our favorite places to order from! Stay tuned! 

 

It’s best for one person from your organization to be designated as the point person. That person should plan on accepting the delivery at the office.


WHERE IS THE PROGRAM HELD?

We offer three main locations for our programs so be sure to know where you’re headed! We occasionally offer programming at your facility.

Most of our Baltimore and Maryland clients will visit our main campus in Baltimore's Leakin Park.

Our DC-based programs may occur at one of the two parks listed below.

Leakin Park

1900 Eagle Drive.
Baltimore, MD 21207

Palisades Recreation Center

5200 Sherier Pl NW
Washington, DC 20016

Marvin Gaye Recreation Center

15 61st St NE
Washington, DC 20019

Your Location

We occasionally offer programming at local schools.



SAFETY & CLIMBING F.A.Q.'s

Many groups who come to our Baltimore Campus are able to use our high ropes challenge course! Your organization will have booked the use of our challenge course when they organized the program with us.

Our trained Outward Bound staff will monitor small groups who have the opportunity to climb and belay for a portion of the day with us!

All of our programs utilize a "Challenge By Choice" philosophy that enables participants to define their own level of challenge in a supportive setting. Participants are never forced to participate in an activity that they feel uncomfortable with.

Outward Bound Program Elements You May Participate In:

Initiatives: Group games and problem solving challenges that foster group interactions and collaborative problem solving. These activities are done standing, sitting, and often involvement movement like tossing a ball, fast walking, squatting, or holding ropes.

Low Elements: Low elements are often used as a progression to the challenge course as they work to build trust, safety, and confidence within the group. To complete low element challenges, participants may be standing on the ground, on low cables, or wooden platforms. There are many ways that participants engage in low element challenges—ranging from group lifting, spotting, balancing, or coaching.

Challenge Course: The Challenge Course is often the pinnacle of the group experience. These elements are designed to give both the individual and the group the opportunity to push mental limits and apply group learning from the day. Participants wear a helmet and harness and climb a high element on a belay system. Participants may climb using rock holds, ladders, nets, or ascend poles with metal hand/foot holds. Participants complete the challenges in various ways such as traversing across a cable while holding onto a rope, stepping from platform to platform, or utilizing teammates to cross the challenge on a wooden beam. There are many ways that participants engage in challenge course elements—ranging from climbing to holding the climbers belay rope.

Nobody thrives when they’re being forced or coerced to do something they don’t want to do.

Even when these things are "good for you", an approach that gives people the power to choose will always be more successful than feeling pressure to participate because of a threatening external factor such as peers, bosses, or instructors.

You’ll see Outward Bound staff utilizing an educational practice we call “Challenge By Choice”. During physically, emotionally, or socially challenging activities, staff will offer various levels of engagement that participants can take in that activity.
While we won’t ask anyone to completely opt-out of the activity, we can offer alternatives for participation. We believe this boosts self-efficacy, motivation, builds perseverance holistically, and is a trauma-informed approach.

Risk Management Philosophy
Since 1941, over 650,000 students in the U.S. have participated in Outward Bound programs in cities, mountains, deserts, rivers, oceans – and on Challenge Courses like ours. Throughout a wide variety of activities over the years, Outward Bound has worked diligently to achieve and maintain an excellent safety record. Today, Outward Bound is seen as an industry leader in risk management.  Outward Bound has been a leader in wilderness safety and risk management for over 50 years and is a co-sponsor of the annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC). This national conference brings together outdoor industry leaders to learn and collaborate with each other to advance safety and risk management in the outdoor education and wilderness adventure community.

Risk and uncertainty are central to adventure and personal growth. By embracing this philosophy, Outward Bound is committed to systematically identifying, assessing and mitigating hazards, while at the same time providing real challenges to our participants.
All of our programs utilize a "Challenge By Choice" philosophy that enables participants to define their own level of challenge in a supportive setting. Participants are never forced to participate in an activity that they feel uncomfortable with.

Outward Bound Safety Assessment
Our challenge course program, including challenge course elements, participant gear, and facilitation staff, fulfill the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) standards for construction, inspection, use, and training.
As part of an ongoing effort to monitor and improve safety, Outward Bound programs are regularly reviewed and audited by both internal and external teams in order to proactively identify and assess potential hazards as well as areas of commendation.

Outward Bound Staff Training
Outward Bound instructors are experienced and qualified outdoor professionals committed to participants’ well-being through their values, judgment, words and actions. They are certified as Wilderness First Responders or the equivalent and meet all Outward Bound, local, state and federal requirements for their positions. Outward Bound staff are trained to identify, assess, and approach risk as a learning tool--to be managed but not eliminated--with the goal of providing Outward Bound participants with the opportunity to gain insights and perspectives into their own and their crew’s capabilities that are unavailable anywhere else.


OUR STAFF

Our instructors are highly trained experiential educators ready to .  Our staff complete a minimum of 80 hours of training annually. All of our staff are required to pass Federal and State background checks. Becoming an Instructor requires the demonstration of excellent decision-making, student-management, and hands-on learning skills.

Outside Magazine even named us one of the best places to work!

Below are a few members of our day program team so you can learn a bit more about the professionals who will be educating your students at Outward Bound.

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