"I have grown and challenged myself during this course and I am more focused on things I can do to challenge myself in life. I will carry this experience with me as a positive reminder on the lessons of life and the importance of challenging myself." – Zach, Voyageur Outward Bound School Alum
"What did I learn from my Outward Bound experience? Just because there's an easy way, it doesn't mean it's the one you can or should take. When it doesn't seem like there's a clear path, by pausing and looking again, new paths can appear. You are stronger and more capable than you think you are. If you can't get out of it, get into it. Living purposefully and intentionally allows me to become more fully whole and human. You can't control what others will do or what will happen to them (or to you), all you can do right now, in this very moment, is to be here right now and to enjoy it for what it is." – Daniel, Voyageur Outward Bound School Alum
"Every ritual, routine and challenge were exactly what the doctor ordered. I could not dare accomplish this without our instructors. They knew exactly when to step in with support and encouragement. It was if they were in my head and knew what I needed." – Dabney, Voyageur Outward Bound School Alum
Providing busy adults an all-too-rare opportunity to re-set, re-charge and re-discover belonging, strength and purpose, this course explores the sandy beaches, sea caves and the many islands of the Apostle Islands National Park in Lake Superior on a sea kayak expedition.
Experience the satisfaction that comes from meeting an expedition goal, the growth that comes from learning to work effectively with new peers and the support that comes from sharing experiences in a challenging environment. Whatever transitions or demands you’re coping with at home or at work, this expedition takes you outside of your routine and into nature, encouraging you to stretch your comfort zone, hone your leadership style and reflect – all while learning technical skills in a unique and beautiful setting. Sleek and stable one- and two-person kayaks offer a unique vantage point from which to explore fascinating Apostle Islands National Park in Lake Superior. By day, learn the techniques necessary to confidently paddle in quiet, flat water as well as rising swells. By night, learn general camp craft, perfect the art of cooking over a fire or stove and enjoy sunsets over blue waters.
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This course starts within the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to assess the possibility of applying for this course!
Do you ever want to unplug, step away from the daily grind to take on new challenges? Are you ready to conquer harder skills and remind your senses (or discover for the first time) what it’s like to crest a mountain peak, hear the echoes at the edge of a vast canyon or feel the rush of white water spray on your face? Take a break from your routine, radically change your surroundings and test your tenacity. Put some “firsts” in front of you and find moments of unexpected discovery along the way. Experience Outward Bound as an adult and prepare for an injection of adventure, awareness and adaptability that sticks with you long after you unpack your backpack.
Return home with newly expanded wilderness acumen, an energized outlook, a rekindled allowance of empathy into situations and relationships and an eye toward the future.
Skilled Outward Bound Instructors and Lake Superior herself provide exceptional learning opportunities for all paddlers, from the complete novice to the talented sea kayaker. Students learn a variety of paddling, landing, rescue and navigation skills to contend with diverse weather and water conditions. After paddling up to 20 miles in a day, groups camp just inland from sandy bays or rocky shorelines, and enjoy the camaraderie that comes from sharing food, conversation and reflection in the great outdoors.
Service is a cornerstone of every Outward Bound experience. From the seemingly small daily acts of service for the environment to the regular tasks of being part of an expeditionary team, students have ample opportunities to experience the value of giving back to the larger community. On the expedition, students are encouraged to practice environmental stewardship in the form of Leave No Trace ethics — leaving campsites and trails in better condition than they found them. Students also practice regular acts of service for their team by preparing and serving meals, securing drinking water, setting up camp, and giving their crew plenty of support.
The Solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience. Many students use this reflection time to make decisions about their future, journal and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings unencumbered by the constant external stimulation of modern life. The duration of Solo depends on the course length and type, as well as the competency and preparedness of the student group. With all the food, skills and supplies they need, students are given a secluded spot to reflect alone, and are monitored by staff throughout the experience to maintain safety. Students find that Solo provokes profound and powerful learning in a short period of time and often becomes one of the most memorable parts of their Outward Bound course.
Outward Bound courses vary in length from four to 85 days. On shorter courses, participants will receive an introduction to leadership skills, strength of character and a desire to serve while activities fill most of the time and the pace is quick. With longer courses, the same outcomes and benefits are achieved with the opportunity to reach a more profound level of mastery as there are more chances to develop technical skills, receive and implement feedback and further personal development. However many days the expedition lasts, the strength and impact of the experience lasts a lifetime.
Kayaking and wilderness navigation techniques are great practice for the essential skills and habits that help prepare for new challenges at work, home and in the community. Outward Bound expeditions encourage students to:
Outward Bound courses are designed to expand and stretch your limits so that every expedition is a true accomplishment and a memorable journey.
Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a designated United States National Park and encompasses 21 islands along the southern shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Windswept beaches, sea caves, cliffs and historic lighthouses are just a few of the park’s highlights.
The largest inland sea in the world, the clear emerald green waters of Lake Superior offer a great variety of paddling conditions for sea kayakers. A rugged and pristine landscape of sparkling, clear water, cliffs, pebble and sand beaches and numerous islands, it is an ideal destination to hone sea kayaking skills.
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