Northwest Instructor Development: Not Your Average Gap Year

Empirical and anecdotal data confirm* what Outward Bound suspected all along: the gap year experience is a powerful thing. Situated in that crucial period between high school and the freshman year of college, or between undergraduate and graduate degrees, Gap Year - Read On

Outward Bound Summer Reading List 2015

Continuing in it’s tradition, Outward Bound Staff Members, Instructors and Directors from across the U.S. have put together a summer reading list for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers and courageous spirits. The list contains everything from popular new favorites such as Wild to - Read On

How to Pay For Your Gap Year Program

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your - Read On

81-Day Rockies to Ecuador Leadership Semester – An Expedition Snapshot

A few days ago, we featured Outward Bound alum Ben Gager, who had just completed an 81-day Outward Bound semester course that took him from the Colorado Rockies, through the canyons of Utah, through the deserts of California, all the - Read On

In Pursuit of Excellence – Rockies to Ecuador Leadership Semester

Ben Gager was a highly active, outdoor-loving college freshmen with an interest in sociology when he started to have doubts about where his school work was taking him. Rather than waste time and money on a degree he wasn’t certain - Read On

Instructor Development in the High Sierras

It was October 19, 2014. I was sitting in the noisy Merced Amtrak Station, waiting for the bus to take me back home to Sacramento, California. Fresh from a 50-day High Sierra Instructor Development course with Outward Bound California (OBCA), - Read On

Is a Gap Year Right For Me?

“Gap year experiences invariably serve to develop some of the non-cognitive skills that current research are showing predict success better than IQ: motivation, optimism, grit, and conscientiousness.” – American Gap Association Long associated with privilege, procrastination and blissful wanderlust, the - Read On

Learn to Lead in Maine: Outward Bound Instructor Development

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or - Read On

Outward Bound to Co-Sponsor The 2015 Wilderness Risk Management Conference

Continuing its tradition of providing premier outdoor experiential learning opportunities while prioritizing risk management and safety, Outward Bound will co-sponsor the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) October 14- 16, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. In addition to being a co-sponsor, along with Student Conservation - Read On

10 Things Your Teen Wants From an Outward Bound Course

(But Doesn’t Know It Yet) Parents often have brilliant ideas about what their kids should do during the summer. And kids – especially teenagers – often have their own, quite different notions. Although some teens and parents never quite see - Read On
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