Gilman has partnered with Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School to provide students with an opportunity for challenge, team building, and self-discovery. In the past few years, specifically, we have expanded this partnership by taking the freshmen class, along with a group of rising seniors, on a five-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 would 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 delivering Outward Bound's Character Curriculum© in Gilman classrooms. Character skills can be taught in the traditional 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 challenges, 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.