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.
Key Dates for Families to Know
Forms Due: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Online paperwork should be completed by visiting the Outward Bound Course Information page.
Senior Leader Training Program: Date TBD
To take place at Outward Bound.
Backpacking and Rock Climbing Expedition: May 22-26 (Tentative)
- Monday, May 22: Meet in the Gilman lower parking lot at 8:15 a.m. for departure.
- Friday, May 26: Students will return to the Gilman lower parking lot by 3 p.m. for parent pick-up.
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.
GILMAN ALUMNI WHO SERVE WITH CHESAPEAKE BAY OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL
Board of Directors
ANDREW M BROOKS '74
Current Board Chair
JOHN AVIRETT '01
CLINTON DALY '74
Former Board Chair
ARTHUR CARY GEORGE '74
JIM GARRETT '61
Gilman Faculty Member (1975-1999)
JOHN NELSON '01
MATTHEW NOVAK '01
JUSTIN REDD '01
GEORGE MUMFORD '96