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Maine’s rocky coastline and offshore islands are home to the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School founded in 1964. Today, from its headquarters in Camden, Maine, the school operates in four locations so students can take a sailing course around the 3,500 islands off the coast of Maine or in the sun-drenched Florida Keys or a backpacking course in the remote moose country of the Northwoods of Maine.

With this expansive and diverse course area, the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School provides a supportive learning environment that will challenge you physically, mentally and socially. You will meet people who share your interests and people who seem nothing at all like you. There will be moments when you’re stretched and need to ask others for help and times when you can use your strengths to help others. 

You’ll meet incredible instructors whose mission is to help you develop inner-strength, self-confidence and technical skills and then they back away to let you and your group realize how much you can do on your own.

Successful completion of a course at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School requires trust, mastery of skills, fitness, confidence, tenacity, leadership, initiative and compassion. The value of the Outward Bound experience and the purpose of Outward Bound is to help people of all walks of life discover their strength of character, their innate ability to lead and the meaning and fulfillment that comes with serving others.

Featured Courses

Bahamas Sailing

A 30-foot open sailboat serves as both home and classroom on this journey through the tropical wilderness of the Bahamas island chain.



Florida Keys to Brazil Leadership Semester

This thrilling 85-day international leadership semester takes students into the heart of the wild: from the backcountry of the Florida Keys to the frontiers of central Brazil. A series of distinctive expeditions traverse some of the Americas’ most beautiful and unique wilderness areas – and offer breathtaking learning opportunities every step of the way. 

Florida Keys Sailing

Florida Keys sailing expeditions explore the subtropical marine wilderness of Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and may venture as far as the remote reaches of the Everglades. 




Hurricane Island Course Areas


SailingCanoeingBackpackingSea KayakingRock Climbing, River Kayaking, Service Projects, Challenge Courses, Whitewater Canoeing, Dog Sledding & Skiing


Classic for Middle SchoolHigh SchoolCollege and AdultGap Year/SemesterInstructorIntercept, Veterans and Custom Programs