This course is a canoe expedition for young adults struggling with decision making and direction in general. It is not a therapeutic program and cannot accommodate students with certain psychiatric conditions, significant struggles with chemical dependency or those with a history of violent behavior.
Intercept is a special program of Outward Bound, one of the oldest wilderness adventure programs in the world. It is designed to serve teens and their families and help them address behaviors such as unhealthy risk-taking, low motivation, defiance or poor school performance. Courses are presented as metaphors for the transition from childhood to adulthood and designed to help teens connect their desire for more freedom with the reality that they must take on additional responsibility. Courses are highly structured with explicit wilderness, communication and leadership skills progressions.
Designed for 18-22 year olds who are struggling to take the next positive step in their lives, this 28-day course starts out on the unique river systems of central Florida that head out to the Intercoastal Waterway on the Atlantic Ocean. Students will be introduced to the joys and challenges of expeditionary canoe travel, camp-craft, and group dynamics. As the course progresses, students achieve greater and greater autonomy as they practice communication skills, conflict-resolution, goal-setting and technical travel skills.
The three-day Urban Section includes community service projects and workshops and seminars designed to help young adults determine the next step in their life; it might be college, a new job opportunity, or simply returning home with a new outlook. The final expedition section of this course is when your group, based on your performance throughout course, gets the opportunity to apply the skills you have learned as you take on more leadership of the trip .
During these last two phases of the course, students have a chance to look back on their course experience and, with instructors' help, plan ways to carry the new insights and confidence found at Outward Bound forward with them. This course does not include a parent seminar.
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.