Ideal for middle school age students, this expedition is designed to offer just the right amount of challenge, fun and friendship. Improve your leadership skills, challenge yourself and discover there is more in you than you know on this life-changing wilderness course. Travel with all the food and equipment you need to conduct your expedition: stoves, tents, food and much more. Encounter a wide variety of river sections and conditions; hone essential paddling techniques; and practice communicating and cooperating with your partner at every step of the journey. Your crew might occasionally sleep at the same campsite twice, but generally you’ll be moving to a new campsite every night as you paddle along the scenic expedition route. Through living and working closely together, you will learn far more than wilderness travel skills; the interpersonal and communication skills you practice here will prepare you for whatever challenges come next.
This course is closed for the season. 2018 courses coming soon.
No two Outward Bound expeditions are ever quite the same. Every crew is unique; every route is distinct; and every adventure is dynamic. But one thing remains the same. On each course, students rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places – and find strength and determination along the way.
Canoeing in the Delaware Water Gap offers a unique connection to each section of the river. Students who seek secluded, wide water with lots of wildlife will find it all in the stretch that flows through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area from Matamoras to Kittatinny Point. In addition to learning valuable paddling techniques in a tandem canoe from expert instructors, students will learn basic outdoor skills like Leave-No-Trace Ethics, outdoor living, and backcountry travel in order to successfully live, work, eat, and play together. This process hones communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills that can be applied to life beyond the world of canoeing.
On the first or final day of course, participants will begin or end their expedition at the Wissahickon Valley High Ropes Course. Individual group members will challenge themselves with the support of their teammates on one of the thrilling high ropes elements in the heart of the “Philadelphia Wilderness.”
On these shorter courses for middle schoolers, students will challenge themselves as they learn the skills to live and travel with their crew mates on the river. Participants will have the opportunity to become proficient paddlers as they travel the entire section of the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area. Rescue skills, river navigation, backcountry cooking and campcraft are all skills taught to students on course. This course allows for a day at our Wissahickon Valley High Ropes Course in the heart of Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park. Participants will learn to trust each other and challenge themselves on one of our thrilling high ropes elements.
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses 67,000 acres of mountain ridge, forest and floodplain on both sides of the Delaware River in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. From the southern end of the park, students can view the S-shaped chasm of the Delaware Water Gap, where the river cuts a twisting path through 1,400-foot Kittatiny Ridge. Within the watershed of this river can be found steep wooded-and-rock slopes, bountiful rhododendron, dark hollows, deep ravines and tumbling waterfalls.
"This experience was a confidence-builder for my son. He learned he can meet challenges outside his comfort zone and feel good about himself for sticking with things, even when the going gets a bit rough." – Parent Testimonial
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