Spy Profile: Captain Andrew of Echo Hill


It’s fairly certain that Kurt Hahn, the 19th century founder of outdoor education, would be mighty pleased with Andrew McCown’s 32 years of work at Echo Hill Outdoor School. It was Hahn’s fundamental task as an educator, he said, “to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self denial, and above all, compassion.”  Following in Khan’s footsteps, each year, Captain Andy takes command of the 40-foot skipjack Elsworth, with a crew of six young people on each trip, to do just that. Without ipods, mobile phones, television, computer games or helicopter parents, his students rediscover their inner core strengths as well as the hidden beauty of the Chesapeake Bay.

About Andy Goddard

Letters to Editor

  1. binnie houghton says:

    wonderful, and so important.

  2. Great profile! Thank you for what you do, Captain Andy!

  3. Andy & Betsy’s Echo Hill Outdoor School is one of the best things in our family’s experience. Our kids loved their trips on the river & bay and I am inspired every time I visit their great activities. Thanks so very much.

  4. Nice job Dave. What a great summer swan song! Thanks Capt. Andy for introducing me and plenty of other “come heres” to this region which you love so well.

    Those interested in more information about Echo Hill Outdoor School should visit http://www.ehos.org

  5. Eleanor Collyer says:

    Capt. Andy is an Eastern Shore treasure. He is rich with character and his dedication to the education of children is unparalleled.

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