Intercept is a special program for Outward Bound. It is designed to serve youth aged 14-17 and their families by helping them address behaviors such as unhealthy risk-taking, low motivation, defiance or poor school performance. Courses are presented as metaphors for the transition from childhood to adulthood and designed to help teens connect their desire for more freedom with the reality that they must take on additional responsibility.
This 28-day backpacking expedition is for struggling teens ages 14-17. Throughout the course students will be introduced to the joys and challenges of expeditionary travel, camp craft and group dynamics while they journey deep into some of the oldest mountains in the world.
This Intercept Course is broken down into three components: a wilderness expedition, community and environmental service and Parent/Student seminar. Together these components focus on teamwork, communication, leadership skills and helping students practice making positive decisions. With these skills participants find new strength and self-esteem that help them find new paths to brighter futures.
* The Parent/Guardian Seminar lasts for two and a half days and is at the end of the course. At least one parent or guardian is required to attend the seminar. First, instructors meet with family members to talk about each student’s experience. Then, after students rejoin their families, instructors work with family groups to facilitate the transfer of “trail” learning to the home environment.
Courses are highly structured with explicit wilderness, communication and leadership skills progressions. It is not a therapeutic program and cannot accommodate students with certain psychiatric conditions, significant struggles with chemical dependency or those with a history of violent behavior. No previous wilderness experience necessary.
A three day solo provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition. With sufficient food and equipment, students will spend time alone at an assigned campsite to rest, reflect, and practice the camp-craft skills they have been learning throughout the course. Our instructors will choose the solo site for the crew. It will offer as much solitude as possible, but will be within hearing distance of the other group members for safety. The group will not travel during this time and the instructors will check on each participant regularly. This Solo will last 48-72 hours.
The Southern Appalachians, which includes the Blue Ridge Mountains, are some of the oldest mountains in the world. The range is mostly located in the Unites States, but extends into southeastern Canada too. The birthplace of North Carolina Outward Bound School is in the Southern Appalachians of North Carolina where the highest mountains of the range reside, the highest being Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet (2,037 m). These mountain’s rocky craggs and granite outcroppings provide exceptional climbing opportunities and amidst the mountains are some exceptional whitewater canoeing opportunities on the French Broach, Chattooga and Tuckaseegee.
To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.