This five-day, expedition-style course features backpacking in Big Basin Redwood State Park. The course is designed for middle school students (ages 12 and 13) who want to improve their leadership skills, challenge themselves, and discover the lifelong benefits and perspectives that only wilderness travel with Outward Bound can offer.


Come find the leader that lies within you! On this fast-paced, five-day adventure you will travel expedition-style with a pack on your back. "Expedition-style" means that you will leave from the trailhead on the first day of your course and be in the backcountry until the end of course.

You will travel with all the food and equipment you need to conduct your expedition: stoves, tents, food, etc. Your crew might sleep at the same campsite twice, but you will generally be moving to a new campsite every night as you hike along your expedition route.

As with all Outward Bound courses, there will be an element of service-learning. Service projects vary but often involve working directly with parks to improve their facilities or trail systems for future visitors to enjoy.

All along the way you will learn new skills such as basic navigation, cooking, Leave No Trace principles, effective teamwork, and communication skills. Most importantly, this course is designed to spark an ethic of leadership and service that you will bring back to the community in which you live.


Big Basin State Park and its surrounding area offers over 18,000 acres of towering, old-growth Redwoods, deep-cut coastal valleys, and unparalleled high-vantage views of the Pacific Ocean. With over 80 miles of rugged trail and elevations up to 2,000 feet, it is no wonder why Big Basin is one of Northern California’s most popular outdoor destinations. All Big Basin courses depart from San Francisco International Airport.


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.