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Outward Bound

Gilman has partnered with the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School to provide students with an opportunity for challenge, team building, and self-discovery. In past two years, specifically, we have expanded this partnership by taking the Freshmen class, along with a group of rising seniors, on a 5-day backpacking expedition along the Appalachian Trail. Our initial plan was to use this expedition as a way to build class camaraderie before the Freshmen year, but we determined that an end of Freshmen year expedition will allow us to more properly prepare the boys and provide the foundation for a student designed service project in the Sophomore year.

To best prepare and build upon their journey, Gilman and Outward Bound partner in the delivery of Outward Bound’s Character Curriculum© in Gilman classrooms. Character skills can be taught-both in the classroom and in nature’s physically and socially challenging environments. Through the curriculum we employ experiential learning tools that Outward Bound instructors have used in the field for decades and expand them into teachable, classroom based modules. Through this powerful partnership, Gilman boys will be empowered by learning how to persevere through challenge, manage conflict, show compassion, and solve problems. This unique approach equips students with the life and leadership skills to transfer learning and enact positive change in their own lives and communities.

Resources for Learning More

Film of Gilman's 2016 Expedition

"Together with their crew, Gilman students faced the rigors and responsibilities of expeditionary travel. They navigated the trail and the stages of group development. They prepared meals for their crew while their own stomachs growled. They helped create and maintain a positive culture despite sore feet and homesickness. Crew-cohesion inspired these students to discover new depths of resolve and ability; we hope they never settle for less and are pleased to share with you the outcomes of this program."
 
Four students wait for their turn to climb a canyon wall, wearing helmets and harnesses

Key Dates for Families to Know

Parent Information Meeting

Why Outward Bound at Gilman? Learn at this meeting led by Outward Bound's Independent School Representative.
Date To Be Determined

Forms Due

Online paperwork should be completed by visiting the Outward Bound Course Information page.
Date to Be Determined

Senior Leader Training Program

To take place at Outward Bound.
Date To Be Determined

Backpacking and Rock Climbing Expedition

May 30 meet at Gilman lower parking lot at 8:15 a.m.
June 3 students will return to Gilman's lower parking lot by 3:00 p.m. for parent pick-up.
Saturday, May 30 - Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Gilman Alumni Who Serve Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School
Board of Directors
Andy Brooks

Current Board Chair
Gilman Class of 1974

John Avirett

Board Member
Gilman Class of 2001

Clinton Daly

Board Member | Former Board Chair
Gilman Class of 1974

Arthur Cary George

Board Member
Gilman Class of 1974

Jim Garrett

Board Member
Gilman Class of 1961
Gilman Faculty Member 1975-1999

Advisory Committee
John Nelson

Committee Member
Gilman Class of 2001

Matthew Novak

Committee Member
Gilman Class of 2001

Justin Redd

Committee Member
Gilman Class of 2001

George Mumford

Committee Member
Gilman Class of 1996