Who Participates in OB?
From young teens to adults, Outward Bound offers something for everyone. Regardless of age, our courses deliver lasting benefits and memories. You will develop skills like leadership, confidence, and self-reliance. You will travel to awe-inspiring places and learn through hands-on experience. When you walk away from your course having overcome obstacles like rugged mountains, whitewater rapids, changing weather, and working within your team, you will feel an amazing sense of accomplishment that will last a lifetime.
Select from links below to view a list of courses for your current stage of life:
Youth (Age 12-14) - Designed for younger teens, these courses allow participants to explore their budding independence with Outward Bound instructors trained to serve this age group. Courses last from seven to 14 days and the curriculum focuses on fun, responsibility, and respect.
High School (Age 14-16) - Master new skills, experience physical and group challenges, and uncover newfound confidence. On these courses participants will learn about teamwork and gain a feeling of accomplishment and pride. Whether you're rafting, paddling canoes, or climbing mountains the wilderness can teach you skills that will become lifelong tools.
High School (Age 16-18) - An unforgettable experience, a real accomplishment, something to be proud of for the rest of your life; an Outward Bound course will be all that and more. These courses are designed specifically for older teens to deliver leadership skills and achievement, to bring out the best and provide each student with an opportunity for success.
College (Age 18-22) - Choices made in your late teens and early twenties may set a direction for years to come. An Outward Bound course is a great way for college-age adults to find what they are looking for, gain practical experience and develop leadership skills. Don't forget about the amazing Semester courses we have available as well.
Adults (Age 18+) - Learn in a dynamic setting of adults with diverse life experience. This collection of 1-3 week courses offers a unique adventure to anyone 18 and older, with no upper age limit. We understand that life is busy, so check out our year-round 18+ offerings.
Adults (Age 23+) - Your time is precious, but you still want an Outward Bound adventure. Travel with a group that you can relate to in age and life experience and embrace all the challenge found on our other courses. Our adult 23+ courses offer shorter, 1-2 week versions of our expeditions to make planning your expedition easier.
Adults (Age 30+ - Adult Renewal) - Our courses designed for those 30+ have a special curriculum for adults who want the experience of an Outward Bound course, but who also are looking for structured time to reflect and gain new insight and perspective. Physically these courses are slightly less demanding than our traditional expeditions, but still challenging, and they offer you a chance to look at where you have been in life, where you are and where you are going. Courses are offered 12 months a year and range in length from 7-10 days.