Outward Bound expeditions are transformative life experiences. With a supportive crew, and the outdoors as their teacher, students learn to dig deep to find greater compassion for each other, and to push the limits of what they thought they could do. At Outward Bound, teens and adults embark on a journey measured not just in miles of mountain, river, desert or ocean, but in pivotal personal growth.
We strive to lead and serve with compassion and to instill this desire in our students.
Outward Bound graduates return to then excel in conference rooms and the corridors of societal change, inspired and equipped to lead boldly, serve generously, and act with compassion.
Learning how to go beyond our limits.
Caring for others as much as we care for ourselves.
Bringing Outward Bound to everyone, everywhere.
Leading in service to others.
Meeting challenges and pursuing personal growth.
"Knowing that Outward Bound impacts the lives of young people across the country in a positive way is the reason I show up for work every day. Then seeing those young people go out into the world and make a positive impact in their communities—that’s why we’re here." – Josh Brankman, Executive Director, Outward Bound USA
Outward Bound, founded by educator Kurt Hahn, is a non-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that inspire strength of character, leadership and service to others, both in and out of the classroom.
Outward Bound is a non-profit, tax exempt educational organization and is approved as a 501c3 organization under the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible. Outward Bound considers applicants on an equal opportunity basis without regard to an applicant’s race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other status protected by federal, state or local law. Outward Bound actively seeks to serve diverse students through recruiting, affiliations, dedicated scholarships and community programs.