This course is designed for middle schoolers who are looking to improve their leadership skills, are interested in challenging themselves, and are open to discovering the lifelong benefits and perspective that only wilderness travel with Outward Bound can offer.
This course is closed for the season. 2018 courses coming soon.
No two Outward Bound expeditions are ever quite the same. Every crew is unique; every route is distinct; and every adventure is dynamic. But one thing remains the same. On each course, students rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places – and find strength and determination along the way.
Hiking along the Appalachian Trail as an expedition crew, students learn how to work together and discover the commitment and effort it takes to truly work as a team. The group will travel with all the food and equipment they need to conduct the expedition such as shelters, stoves, maps, emergency equipment and much more. Participants will learn basic outdoor skills like Leave-No-Trace Ethics, outdoor living and backcountry travel in order to successfully live, work, eat and adventure together. This process will not only hone communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills but will provide memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.
During expedition there will be a day-long experience of rock climbing. Students will learn about essential equipment for the sport, and proper techniques of rock climbing like tying knots, belaying each other and moving gracefully over the rock. In addition to technical skills, students learn about trust and teamwork as they belay for their teammates while they climb and then trade places. The group will also learn specific climbing techniques and site safety, all while instructors provide expert supervision and management.
Canoeing in the Delaware Water Gap offers a unique connection to each section of the river. Students who seek secluded, wide water with lots of wildlife will find it all in the stretch that flows through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area from Matamoras to Kittatinny Point. In addition to learning valuable paddling techniques in a tandem canoe from expert instructors, participants will continue to build upon the outdoor living skills developed through backpacking.
On this multi-element course, participants have the opportunity to become proficient in both backpacking and canoeing skills allowing for a deeper level of self-discovery and the opportunity to hone leadership skills. Participants will gain an understanding of the value of teamwork and learn what it takes to be a compassionate leader while having fun and building strong relationships with their teammates.
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses 67,000 acres of mountain ridge, forest and floodplain on both sides of the Delaware River in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. From the southern end of the park, students can view the S-shaped chasm of the Delaware Water Gap, where the river cuts a twisting path through 1,400-foot Kittatinny Ridge. Within the watershed of this river can be found steep wooded-and-rock slopes, bountiful rhododendron, dark hollows, deep ravines and tumbling waterfalls.
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