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 issues like risky behaviors, low-motivation defiance or poor school performance. Courses are presented as metaphors for the transition from childhood to adulthood and are 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 skill progressions, as well as time on course devoted to preparing for a parent/guardian conference at course end. The conference is a conversation, facilitated by the instructor, where parents and teens design a new plan for their household.
Your wilderness classroom will encompass a journey through Maine's beautiful North Woods. Backpacking on your course will take you to sections of the Appalachian Trail—in the 100 Mile Wilderness area; the mountain ranges near the Kennebec River; the Bigelow Range; or the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness. Many spectacular North Woods summits do not have trails leading up them, so you may find yourself using a map and compass to “bag a peak.” Cross-country travel—also known as “bushwacking”— is common on North Woods courses as a means of linking canoeing and hiking routes.
Part of your course will be focused on learning basic wilderness travel skills on a backpacking expedition. Learn cooking; navigation; map reading; how to pack and adjust you pack; foot care; hydration; knots; and most importantly teamwork. Backpacking is a great combination of team and individual elements. The terrain is rugged, wooded and will at times be muddy or steep. You will likely reach mountain peaks where (if the weather cooperates) you will be rewarded with spectacular views.
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.