Depart from base on the first day of the course with all of the food and gear needed for extended outdoor travel, then expedition by canoe through the central rivers of Florida, returning to base on the last day of course. Paddle through small, winding canoe trails as well as larger rivers and lakes, and camp in a variety of environments - from hardwood hammock forests to barrier islands. Far from modern technology and pop culture, you will have the opportunity to build life skills like confidence, leadership, communication, compassion and to become more self-aware. As you move to new campsites each day, you may encounter some of the region’s abundant wildlife, including manatees, dolphins and other marine creatures.
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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.
This extended canoe expedition includes learning the art of paddling in a variety of water conditions as well as portaging, orienteering, expedition planning and Leave No Trace wilderness living. Participants paddle with a partner, which means they must learn to work together and communicate effectively to navigate a variety of waterways such as lakes, rivers and swamps. Students will be using tandem, or two person, canoes, which fosters teamwork and communication skills. Along the way, they will take turns navigating and leading their crew as they see hundreds of natural wonders and discover they are stronger than they know.
Acquire a taste for adventure. Nine-day courses provide a perfect introduction to the Outward Bound experience, reminding students of their connection nature and leaving them feeling inspired to take on real challenge. Through these condensed experiences, students become comfortable living and working together the wilderness while practicing the four pillars of craftsmanship, self-reliance, physical fitness and compassion. They also create a solid foundation of skill sets that they can further build upon once off course.
A little more than halfway through course, students will participate in a reflection period called solo. During this time, Instructors assign students to their own individual campsites within a designated area. These sites are both secluded and within hearing distance of other group members and instructors for safety. Students will be given all the necessary gear, food, water and skills to enjoy this time alone. They will also know the location of their Instructors’ solo site should they need to contact them for any reason, and instructors will be monitoring students closely during this experience. This experience is a great opportunity for students to relax, recharge and reflect on their course after having long days of strenuous group activities.
Waterways of Central Florida
Central Florida is home to some of the country’s most historic and biologically diverse waterways. The Suwannee River, Ocklawaha River and St John’s River offer hundreds of miles of paddling in some of the country’s most unspoiled wilderness. These rivers support a variety of ecosystems including freshwater springs, swamps, sandy beaches, hardwood hammocks trees, and salt marshes. Shaded by giant Cypress and Tupelo trees, these rivers support a variety of wildlife and have deep cultural histories. On Central Florida’s east coast, the Indian River Lagoon, which encompasses Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, is the most diverse estuary in North America. Nearly one third of the nation’s manatee population resides in this 156 mile-long waterway, along with an abundance of dolphins and other marine life.
“My experience with Outward Bound was amazing, but still, it was more than that. My experience gave me new insight into myself, the outdoors, and most importantly, life. My course showed me exactly what I am capable of, it showed me that I AM a leader, and I AM strong, and that I CAN carry on.” -Cody, Outward Bound alumnus
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