Presented as metaphors for the transition from childhood to adulthood, courses help teens connect their desire for more freedom with the reality that they must take on additional responsibility. Students experience the joys and challenges of expeditionary travel as they explore the unique ecosystems of western North Carolina. New activities, crewmates and environments help to break habits and patterns as well as coach students on discovering the next positive step in their lives. Instructors have extensive experience in wilderness living and adhere to the highest safety standards in the industry. For our struggling teens and young adults courses, we choose instructors with a passion for working with such populations and require them to have specialized training and certifications. The course is comprised of a wilderness expedition, debrief and parent/student seminar. Together these components focus on teamwork, communication, leadership skills, helping students practice positive decision-making, finding new strength/self-esteem and working to find new directions for a brighter future.
This course is closed for the season. 2018 courses coming soon.
Outward Bound Intercept expeditions are specifically designed for struggling teens and their families. These highly structured courses remove young people from the pressures and influences of home and school, and present them instead with healthy risks and natural challenges. In a fresh, wilderness environment, students practice new ways of making choices and setting goals.
This challenging 28-day expedition is focused on:
During the wilderness portion, students rock climb and whitewater canoe. Rock climbing pushes students to step outside their comfort zones, communicate and trust their new crewmates. With a focus on safety, this course activity starts with the basics, such as working with ropes and learning to tie knots. Depending on the weather and group dynamics, students move on to learning the basics of bouldering and then progress to a top-rope climb or rappel. Students may also engage in a high ropes obstacle course to further foster group dynamics and teamwork.
Participants will also spend a few days maneuvering Class I-III whitewater down local rivers in tandem (two person) canoes. Some of the topics crews may cover during this portion of the course include basic water safety and rescue techniques, identification and use of paddling equipment, how to work with paddling partners to successfully negotiate class l-III rapids and flat water and whitewater paddling strokes and maneuvers.
After the wilderness expedition ends, instructors meet with parents and provide a detailed account of what the course was like — including the struggles and the successes — and how students handled challenges.
Together, parents and students will participate in a two- to three-day intensive seminar that focuses on transitioning newly acquired skills from the program back into everyday life. With an instructor, families will each create a new agreement to guide life once they are back at home. At least one parent or guardian is required to be present at this seminar.
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
The Southern Appalachians, including the Blue Ridge Mountains, are some of the oldest mountains in the world. While the mountains themselves formed over 250 million years ago, some of the rocks that underlie the region are over a billion years old.
The long geologic and evolutionary history of the Southern Appalachians has created one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world. It is home to beautiful rushing rivers, hundreds of waterfalls and some of the highest peaks in the Eastern United States—including Mt. Mitchell (elevation 6,684 feet), the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Outward Bound students can expect to share the wilderness with over 700 different kinds of trees, more than 50 types of mammals, 150 different types of birds and over 50 species of amphibians.
This course area is situated within a million acres of national forests, federally-protected wilderness areas, and other public lands. Its diverse landscapes have been featured in many motion pictures, including The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans.
Temperatures in this area range from 50 - 85 degrees in the summer, 30 - 65 degrees in the spring and fall, and 10 - 50 degrees in the winter.
“Ben and I had a handshake agreement as he left for your program; he was going into it as a boy and coming out as a young man. He looked me square in the eye and agreed. Well, he did just that. A transformation. A metamorphosis. His walk in life is entirely different now. He has begun the move into manhood.
"He is self-aware and aware of his situation, all the time. He accepts his mother’s authority. He is more cheerful, and more positive, far more fun to be around. And Outward Bound made all the difference.” - Grandmother of Intercept Student
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