Explore the Chesapeake Bay from the hull of a kayak; traverse the Appalachian Trail by foot. At every step, work as a group to overcome expedition challenges, develop a greater belief in yourself and your crew and learn why teamwork is often more important than everything else combined. As you move through stunning natural landscapes and encounter physical, mental and emotional obstacles, you’ll discover the importance of perseverance – and identify and refine the leadership skills you already possess.
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No two Outward Bound expeditions are ever quite the same. Every crew is unique; every route is distinct; and every adventure is dynamic. But one thing remains the same. On each course, students rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places – and find strength and determination along the way.
Students learn how to paddle their boats in a variety of conditions, set up camp, cook camp meals, navigate with a map and compass and roll and wet-exit from their kayaks. As students work through numerous expedition challenges, they also discover a greater confidence in themselves and learn to trust in one another.
Students backpack for five days in the wilderness of western Maryland and southern Pennsylvania along the Appalachian Trail, a footpath that runs from Georgia to Maine. The Appalachian Trail is the crown jewel of trails in the United States, and many people travel from around the country and the world for the chance to hike its lush, forested length. Students learn how to hike effectively and efficiently as well as how to set up and manage trail campsites each night along the way.
During the backpacking component of this expedition, students take a break from hiking and spend an afternoon rock climbing. This challenging activity pushes students out of their comfort zones and helps develop trust among course members. Students rely on one another for support and encouragement to reach the top of the cliff faces. Successful completion of this course requires more than the mastery of technical skills—the ability of the crew to work together and support each other proves to be the true test of success.
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the nation - the meeting point where 400 rivers, creeks and streams spanning from NY to VA all travel to the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts 4,600 miles of tidal shoreline perfect for kayaking. Settled by the Powhatan Indians and first explored by Captain John Smith in the 1600s, history and nature intersect in the Chesapeake Bay to create a place with endless potential for discovery.
The Appalachian Trail is a footpath that runs from Georgia to Maine, and is the crown jewel of trails in the United States. Students backpack for five days in the wilderness of western Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.
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