Ideal for middle school age students, this expedition is designed to offer just the right amount of challenge, fun and friendship. Improve your leadership skills, challenge yourself and discover there is more in you than you know on this life-changing wilderness expedition. Arrive at the Philadelphia base camp on the first day of the course, and then shove off into the great outdoors, returning to base camp on the last day of the expedition. Travel with all the food and equipment you need to conduct your expedition: stoves, tents, food and much more. Through living and working closely together, you will learn far more than wilderness travel skills; the interpersonal and communication skills you practice here will prepare you for whatever challenges come next.
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. 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.
On these shorter courses for middle schoolers, participants will challenge themselves as they learn the skills to live and travel with their crew mates. Participants will have the opportunity to become proficient hikers as they learn the skills needed to travel along the trail: navigation, backcountry cooking, campcraft and other backpacking skills. This course allows for a day of rock climbing where participants will learn to trust each other and challenge themselves as they learn introductory climbing and belaying techniques.
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
“He came back full of confidence in what he had accomplished, totally lit up about being in nature and everything he saw. He was proud of himself.” –Parent Testimonial
If you are ready to enroll on a course click the enroll button next to the course you wish to select or you can enroll over the phone by speaking with one of our Admissions Advisors (toll-free) at 866-467-7651.