Communication, collaboration, and problem solving skills are at the core of every high-functioning team. No matter your industry, customer, or focus - these components of leadership need to be regularly cultivated and developed with intention. You and your team need to go beyond the PowerPoints, and typical boardroom professional development to find a place farther outside your comfort zone.

Outward Bound’s experiential learning curriculum has decades of high value field-testing with teams just like yours. When we combine our experience with highly-trained facilitators, trusted tools like the Action Learning Cycle, and our unique learning environment (a 20+ element high / low ropes challenge course), we can witness real results with teams of all sizes. No matter what challenge you’re facing, or area you need to improve - we’ve seen it.

Step outside and connect with your team on a whole new level - and even have fun while doing it!



If what you do today will effect how your business runs tomorrow then why not do something that creates ripples of positive change throughout your entire team? Lasting, actionable lessons that you can use to improve the way you do business, and ultimately your bottom line. Plan for tomorrow by taking action today.







Our decades of experience have shown that the key to unlocking your company's ability to overcome roadblocks, become more strategically effective, and improve team dynamics can be achieved by focusing on one of three specific outcomes — Communication, Collaboration, or Problem-Solving. While some teams chose to come back and work on all three over time, any one of these can level you up and moving toward your goals.


Teams responsible for planning
and execution of workflow.

High intensity initiatives allow groups to assess and refine their efficiency and workflow in a short amount of time. Reflective activities revolve around team assets and barriers that keep the group from getting to the next level.


Remote teams working together, highly interdependent office cultures

Highlights communication styles and strategies during fast-paced, high stress, or high stakes initiatives. Reflective activities revolve around team communication habits and steps to maximize communication


Newly forming work groups, inter-departmental work, disrupting siloed work cultures

Unique initiatives draw out group process norms and assets. Teams identify strengths and barriers to a more collaborative workflow. Reflective activities revolve around collaborative approaches to the workflow.






Communication, collaboration, and problem solving skills are at the core of every high-functioning team. No matter your industry, customer, or focus - these components of leadership need to be regularly cultivated and developed with intention. You and your team need to go beyond the PowerPoints, and typical boardroom professional development to find a place farther outside your comfort zone.





In addition to our carefully crafted curriculum designed to push participants growth in key areas, we use other well known and effective learning models for our programs. We'll use the one(s) that align with your goals as a team, but have a full inventory of professional-grade tools at our disposal. Check out one called 'Dimensions of Success' on the left.










Our professional facilitators have worked with clients such as T. Rowe Price, World Bank, JP Morgan, Under Armour, Clark Construction, NASA, U.S. Air Force, US Naval Academy, and the Yale School of Management. They passionately believe in guiding individuals and groups towards reflective action. Degrees such as Organizational Development, Social Work, and Business Administration give our facilitators a diverse background of knowledge to inform your work as a group. OBP facilitators obtain in-depth training in facilitation techniques and group process models, and have on average of 10+ years of experience guiding professional clients towards growth! Our facilitators come with years of experience in challenge course operations and safety management. They hold certifications such as Wilderness First Responder, Association for Challenge Course Technology Level 2 Certification, and Emergency Medicine. Many have worked as challenge course trainers in Maryland and around the country.
Read more about our Professional Facilitators here.
Leakin park is the second largest urban park in the United States, and our campus has ample space for your program. We have on-site restrooms, shaded / covered picnic area(s), and an indoor ballroom space inside the historic Orianda Mansion. Our administrative building also has a conference room for 10 - 15 person teams.

Risk Management Philosophy
Since 1941 over 650,000 students in the U.S. have participated in Outward Bound programs in cities, mountains, deserts, rivers, and oceans – and on Challenge Courses like ours in Leakin Park. Over the years, and throughout a wide variety of activities, 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.

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 students.

All of our programs utilize a "Choose Your Challenge" 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 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.

Outward Bound Staff Training
Outward Bound instructors are experienced and qualified outdoor professionals committed to their students’ wellbeing 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 students with the opportunity to gain insights and perspectives into their own and their crew’s capabilities that are unavailable anywhere else.

Outward Bound Program Elements

Initiatives: Group games and problem solving challenges that foster group interactions and collaborative problem solving. These activities are done standing, sitting, and may involvement movement.

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.

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Still have questions? Not sure if this is the right fit for your team? Call us and connect with our experts who talk to organization's like yours every day. We've engineered solutions for every industry, and while your challenge is unique to you it's something we're confident we can solve for. Contact us and start today.

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