A unique opportunity for a parent and their child to deepen their appreciation for one another and strengthen their bonds, this expedition is comprised of challenging wilderness activities like backpacking, orienteering, sleeping and eating in the backcountry and rock climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. As parents and children develop skills in camp craft, food preparation and cooking, knots and map and compass navigation, they create memories and metaphors of a shared adventure they will carry long into the future. Plus, the leadership abilities, communication and problem-solving skills, sense of responsibility and confidence gained by both parent and child will enhance the relationship long after the course ends.
Note: Tuitions and fees listed for Parent-Child courses are PER student.
This course is closed for the season. 2017 courses coming soon.
Outward Bound Family expeditions are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience the great outdoors with the people you love. These eye-opening adventures provide a new and exciting place to bond as a family, improve communication, and cultivate a shared sense of natural wonder as you explore some of the nation’s most pristine wilderness areas together.
During this course, students will backpack through the Pisgah National Forest of Western North Carolina. Among other skills, they will learn safety precautions for backcountry foot travel, how to find campsites, how to navigate varied terrain, how to use a map and compass – all while practicing responsible wilderness management. Even more useful for their lives after course, students learn conflict resolution skills, communication styles, leadership and team building. After students practice these skills, the instructors will step back and let the crew work together to collectively navigate their expedition.
After the initial few days of backpacking, students will take their challenge vertical by either climbing up a mountain or rappelling down one. With a focus on safety, instructors will start with the basics, such as working with ropes and learning to tie knots. Students will then put their skills to the test as they learn how to climb or rappel at some of the best climbing sites east of the Mississippi River. Depending on the weather and the dynamics within the group, the crew may even have the opportunity to experience a high ropes obstacle course. These activities will push students to step outside their comfort zones to communicate and trust one another.
Near the end of every course, students will separate from one another to be alone, or Solo, for a period of time. The length of the Solo is determined by the length of the course. During this time, instructors will assign each participant with their own individual campsite within a designated area. These areas are both secluded and within hearing distance of other group members for safety. Students will be given all of the necessary gear, food, water and skills to complete this portion of the course. They will also know the location of their instructors’ Solo site should they need to contact them for any reason and instructors will be monitoring students closely during this experience.
Solo is a great time for students to relax, recharge and reflect on their course after having had long days of strenuous activity and group activities. Most students use this time to write in their journals, sleep or practice technical skills they’ve learned thus far on course.
Family course may offer a Duo, a variation of Solo, in which two family members complete a Solo together.
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
The Southern Appalachians, including the Blue Ridge Mountains, are some of the oldest mountains in the world. While the mountains themselves formed over 250 million years ago, some of the rocks that underlie the region are over a billion years old.
The long geologic and evolutionary history of the Southern Appalachians has created one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world. It is home to beautiful rushing rivers, hundreds of waterfalls and some of the highest peaks in the Eastern United States—including Mt. Mitchell (elevation 6,684 feet), the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Outward Bound students can expect to share the wilderness with over 700 different kinds of trees, more than 50 types of mammals, 150 different types of birds and over 50 species of amphibians.
This course area is situated within a million acres of national forests, federally-protected wilderness areas, and other public lands. Its diverse landscapes have been featured in many motion pictures, including The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans.
Temperatures in this area range from 50 - 85 degrees in the summer, 30 - 65 degrees in the spring and fall, and 10 - 50 degrees in the winter.
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