What is your favorite part about leading courses?
“I like when students reflect back on the hardest moments of course - those times not enjoyed while they were happening because it was meant to be hard and challenging, both mentally and physically. Usually, after some recovery time, these ‘hard moments’ are appreciated. I enjoy hearing students talk about it because these are where the ‘ah ha’ moments happen. At Outward Bound we call this Type II fun; it may not have been fun while you were doing it, but now that it’s over you’re glad you did it.” – Jennifer, Outward Bound Instructor
This course is designed for younger teenagers with a thirst for adventure and a desire to grow into the best versions of themselves. Explore the central rivers of Florida by canoeing, traveling with all of the food and gear needed for all of your days of outdoor travel. The crew might occasionally sleep at the same campsite twice, but generally will be moving to a new location each day as they paddle along the scenic and remote expedition route. Far from modern technology and pop culture, students will have the opportunity to build life skills like confidence, leadership, communication and compassion as they become more self-aware.
This course is closed for the season. 2019 courses coming soon.
Are you ready to take a journey that will change your life? You won’t look at day-to-day drama the same way after you’ve conquered a high mountain ridge, made a boat obey your command in windswept waves or slept under the stars watching bats swoop overhead. Joining an Outward Bound expedition changes you. Your crew, your Instructors, your route and your adventures will have a profound and lasting impact on you as you rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places.
After you come home, many of the character, leadership and service traits you uncovered on your expedition stay with you, helping you navigate your daily life with more resilience and success.
During this journey, students will complete an extended canoe expedition. This course includes learning the art of paddling a canoe in a variety of water conditions as well as orienteering, expedition planning, Leave No Trace wilderness living, cooking and setting up camp in the outdoors. Students will be using tandem, two person canoes, which foster teamwork and communication skills. Along the way, they will take turns navigating and leading their crew as they see hundreds of natural wonders and discover, through challenge, that they are stronger than they know.
Service to others and the environment is a core value of Outward Bound and is integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as service to the environment and do acts of service while leading and supporting fellow participants. Students develop a value of service, seeing the impact of their actions firsthand, and transfer this desire to serve their communities back home. On longer courses, students have the opportunity to do a formal service project with a local agency. Common projects include trail work, helping at local food pantries and other local non-profit organizations. Service projects can be a few hours up to a full day.
A little more than halfway through course, students will participate in a reflection period called Solo. During this time, Instructors assign students their own individual spaces within a designated area. These sites are both secluded and within hearing distance of other group members and Instructors for safety. Students will be given all the necessary gear, food, water and skills to enjoy this time alone. Solo is a great opportunity for students to relax, recharge and reflect on their course after having long days of strenuous group activities. They also know the location of their Instructors should they need to contact them for any reason. Instructors will be monitoring students closely during this experience.
Acquire a taste for adventure on this nine-day Outward Bound experience, which reminds students of their connection to nature and leaves them feeling inspired to take on real challenge in their everyday life. Through these condensed experiences, students become comfortable living and working together in the wilderness while practicing the Four Pillars of Outward Bound; craftsmanship, self-reliance, physical fitness and compassion. Participants also create a solid foundation of skills that they can build upon once they return home.
Waterways of Central Florida
Central Florida is home to some of the country’s most historic and biologically diverse waterways. It offers paddling on small, winding canoe trails as well as larger rivers and lakes, with camping in a variety of environments from hardwood hammock forests to barrier islands. The Suwannee River, Ocklawaha River, and St John’s River offer hundreds of miles of paddling in some of the country’s most unspoiled wilderness. These rivers support a variety of ecosystems including freshwater springs, swamps, sandy beaches and salt marshes. Shaded by giant Cypress and Tupelo trees, these rivers support a variety of wildlife and have deep cultural histories. On Central Florida’s east coast, the Indian River Lagoon, which encompasses Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, is the most diverse estuary in North America. Nearly one third of the nation’s manatee population resides in this 156-mile-long waterway, along with an abundance of dolphins and other marine life.
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