"My son recently completed the Minnesota canoeing and climbing Outward Bound Intercept course in August 2011. It was a wonderful life changing experience. His instructors, Brian and J.P. are the best young leaders I have ever met. We miss them so much, and they are like family to us. How do you ever find the words to say thank you for saving my family? Totally an outstanding experience that I would recommend for anyone. My son is so confident in himself, is a strong leader, has new effective communication skills and has a new positive attitude. I am so proud of him. We would love to try the winter dog sledding course next! Thank you again OB." - Kathy H.
"As a parent, I can say that the At-Risk Program in Maine was absolutely helpful for our family. The students learn invaluable strategies that not only help them on their incredible journey through the Maine woods, but strategies that they are able to take home with them, take to school with them, and take with them throughout their lives. The parent seminar is well thought out and informative, as well an emotional journey that gives one an excellent idea of what one's child's personal experience was throughout the month. We have been able to use the strategies daily and finally, our home is peaceful." - Christina D.
"I’m just a mom. I didn’t even go on an Outward Bound adventure, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had an amazing Outward Bound experience. Mine began when my son’s program ended." - Christina D. Read entire blog post.
"I think this experience has been absolutely life changing for her. I don’t know where she would be without it." – Parent of Intercept Student
"My daughter spent two years spinning out of control. She was failing out of school, cutting, lying, piercing body parts, drinking, smoking. I know that lots of kids are in trouble. When it is your child, it is devastating. She exhibited every one of the warning signs parents are warned about.
I was amazed to find the Intercept program. Everything it promised was what I needed. I just want to cry whenever I look at my daughter now. She is back!!!! You and all of the people at Outward Bound found my daughter. She is still struggling with depression and school. But the moment of victory happened just last week at Back to School night. Her teachers love her, she has all A’s and B’s. I left the school in tears of joy and thanksgiving. She is trying really hard to make new friends who will be a positive influence on her. She wants to live a good life and really, only when she wants it enough can she make it happen.
I am so grateful to her instructors for all of the love and compassion they were able to give these kids. She learned a lot from them about life and about herself. They were so insightful about what was really going on beneath the bravado. They handled her in a way that encouraged her to do better. They didn’t allow her to quit or lie or cheat. I was so impressed with both of them the entire weekend. They handled even the difficult conversations with maturity and compassion and wisdom.
When she has slipped up since returning, I will say, “well, how would your instructors handle this?” and you know what, she is able to come up with smart consequences. They gave her a way of seeing herself and the world that makes sense to her. I am forever grateful to you and your dedicated team. You saved my daughter and my family with the Intercept program and with who you are as people; you are amazing! You are changing the world one teen at a time.
In closing, my daughter went into your program saying I hate nature and came home wanting to know when the next trip begins. You gave her a hope and a future. Thank you seems inadequate." - Jen