This one week course is a unique Outward Bound adventure specifically designed for teens coping with the death of a loved one run in the remote Maine Northwoods. You’ll travel for the entire time without re-supplying, while you learn the meaning of teamwork. During this transformational wilderness adventure, participants experience powerful grief work activities woven into the context of the traditional Outward Bound curriculum. This adventure includes backpacking and a personal challenge day like rock climbing or high ropes, and much more.
By combining personal growth methodologies of Outward Bound, with a simple support model that honors the griever, we deliver an intensely profound healing experience relevant to the lives of people who are coping with the death of a loved one. This course also builds backpacking skills and promotes teamwork as your whole group carries gear from one beautiful campsite to another. Throughout the course there are evening discussions to review personal and group challenges encountered during the day and in life. Topics include grieving, leadership, independent decision-making, responsibility, and teamwork.
This classic wilderness backpacking expedition takes you into the rugged and remote woods of Western Maine. Big blue lakes, cool green forests and granite make this area a totally perfect place for challenge, fun, and meeting new people.
You’ll have the opportunities to learn geology, environmental ethics and natural history. Successful completion of our program demands mastery of skills, trust, fitness, confidence, tenacity, leadership, initiative and compassion. The promotion of these qualities, and the discovery of what is in you is the purpose of Outward Bound.
Most of the backpacking will take place in the White Mountain National Forest, the Carter-Mahoosuc Range and along the Appalachian Trail. These spruce-fir and hardwood forests are home to hundreds of species of birds as well as moose, deer and black bear. You might find yourself climbing up some of Maine's highest peaks such as Old Speck or Goose Eye.
Thanks to the generosity of the New York Life Foundation all Heroic Journey course tuitions have been reduced from the standard tuition of $1375 to $535. Additional scholarship is available based on financial need and scholarship availability. The primary focus of the New York Life Foundation continues to be on providing support for organizations that help young people through educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.
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. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.