A unique opportunity for a parent and their child to deepen their appreciation for one another and strengthen their bonds, this expedition is comprised of challenging wilderness activities like backpacking, orienteering, sleeping and eating in the backcountry and rock climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. As parents and children develop skills in camp craft, food preparation and cooking, knots and map and compass navigation, they create memories and metaphors of a shared adventure they will carry long into the future. Plus, the leadership abilities, communication and problem-solving skills, sense of responsibility and confidence gained by both parent and child will enhance the relationship long after the course ends.
Note: Tuitions and fees listed for Parent-Child courses are PER student.
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Outward Bound Family expeditions are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience the great outdoors with the people you love. These eye-opening adventures provide a new and exciting place to bond as a family, improve communication, and cultivate a shared sense of natural wonder as you explore some of the nation’s most pristine wilderness areas together.
During this course, students backpack up to three days in the Pisgah National Forest of western North Carolina where they will learn safety precautions for backcountry foot travel, how to find campsites, navigate varied terrain, use a map and compass, as well as how to do these activities responsibly using Leave No Trace principles. Equally important will be time spent learning conflict resolution, communication styles, leadership and team-building, which will deepen further the relationship between parent and child. After practicing these skills, the instructors will step back and let the crew work together to collectively navigate through the wilderness where they will be rewarded with stunning misty mountain vistas.
Students will spend a day either climbing up a mountain face, rappelling down it or on a high ropes course. During these activities, parent-child duos will be pushed to step outside their comfort zones to communicate and trust one another. With a focus on safety, this course activity starts with the basics, such as working with ropes and learning to tie knots. These unique structures and activities provide the opportunity for participants to not only practice self-reliance to accomplish tasks, but also to communicate and work together as they conquer their fears.
Near the end of every course, students will participate in an adapted version of the Outward Bound solo experience. Parent and child duos will separate from their crew to be alone together for a period of time, generally overnight. During this time, Instructors assign each duo to their own individual campsite within a designated area. These areas are both secluded and within hearing distance of other group members and instructors for safety. Students will be given all of the necessary gear, food, water and skills to complete this portion of the course. They will also know the location of their Instructors’ solo site should they need to contact them for any reason, and instructors will be monitoring students closely during this experience. The duo will last no longer than 24 hours. This experience is a great opportunity for families to relax, recharge, connect and reflect on their course after having had long days of strenuous group activities.
Acquire a taste for adventure. Courses less than four days in length provide a perfect introduction to the Outward Bound experience, reminding students of their connection nature and leaving them feeling inspired to take on real challenge. Through these condensed experiences, students become comfortable living and working together in the wilderness while practicing the four pillars of, craftsmanship, self-reliance, physical fitness and compassion.
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
The Southern Appalachians, including the Blue Ridge Mountains, are some of the oldest mountains in the world. While the mountains themselves formed over 250 million years ago, some of the rocks that underlie the region are over a billion years old.
The long geologic and evolutionary history of the Southern Appalachians has created one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world. It is home to beautiful rushing rivers, hundreds of waterfalls and some of the highest peaks in the Eastern United States—including Mt. Mitchell (elevation 6,684 feet), the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Outward Bound students can expect to share the wilderness with over 700 different kinds of trees, more than 50 types of mammals, 150 different types of birds and over 50 species of amphibians.
This course area is situated within a million acres of national forests, federally-protected wilderness areas, and other public lands. Its diverse landscapes have been featured in many motion pictures, including The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans.
Temperatures in this area range from 50 - 85 degrees in the summer, 30 - 65 degrees in the spring and fall, and 10 - 50 degrees in the winter.
“The aspect of Outward Bound, called duo, is one of the most important personal events on the trip. For 24 uninterrupted hours, my teenage son and I talked about life, relationships, sports, anything that came to our minds. The duo brought each parent closer to their child than ever before. Years later, both Ryan and I still think back on that time.” - Justice Correale Stevens
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