This course is designed for middle school students (ages 12 and 13) 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. "Expedition-style" means that you will leave our Philadelphia base camp on the first day of your course and not return to it until the end of the course. You will travel with all the food and equipment you need to conduct your expedition: stoves, tents, food, etc. Your crew might occasionally sleep at the same campsite twice, but generally you will be moving to a new campsite every night as you paddle along your expedition route.
Be prepared to canoe in/around the Delaware Water Gap where each section of the river is different and has its own personality. But if you want secluded, wide water with lots of wildlife, the stretch that flows through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area from Matamoras to Kittatinny Point offers it all. Minisink and Namanock are the first of many islands along this stretch of river, where the water begins to form pools, eddies, and some swift currents as land masses converge and the river drops in elevation.
You will travel with all the food and equipment you need to conduct your expedition such as tents, stoves, maps, emergency equipment and much more. As you paddle down the river with your expedition crew, you’ll learn how to work together and discover the commitment and effort it takes to truly work as a team.
You and your fellow crew members will learn basic outdoor skills like Leave-No-Trace Ethics, outdoor living, and backcountry travel in order to successfully live, work, eat, and play together. This process will hone your communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills. During the expedition, you will learn to use technical equipment, tie knots, paddle and camp, all while instructors provide expert supervision.
Outward Bound courses are designed to challenge you mentally, physically, and socially. Our philosophy is simple: every new challenge faced provides an opportunity to push yourself further than you thought possible. Whether it’s a lengthy hike on a steep and rugged trail, or a late night camp setup in the rain after a hard day’s travel, the physical challenges are as real as they come. And they’ll take everything you’ve got. But as you attempt and succeed at each new obstacle, you will emerge physically and mentally stronger, with an increased mastery of expedition skills and a better understanding of your own capabilities.
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, you 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 river watershed, you'll discover steep wooded-and-rock slopes, bountiful rhododendron, dark hollows, tinsel-like ravines and tumbling waterfalls.
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. Full course tuition and in-course transportation fee are due within 60 days of course start date. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee. You can also call one of our expert Admissions Advisors at 866-467-7651.