This all-girls 9-day sailing course takes place in Maine’s unique marine environment and focuses on seamanship, exploring the natural world and learning to function in a team setting. Our 30-foot open sailboat serves as both home and classroom. You’ll learn beginning, intermediate and advanced skills in chart and compass navigation, small boat seamanship, weather observation and anchoring. Engage in regular group discussions, reflect on each day’s progress and share leadership and onboard responsibilities so that every crew member is part of planning each day. As you live and work closely together, you’ll learn far more than seamanship. The habits learned and strengthened on this sailing expedition will serve for life.
Single Gender Courses
In early adolescence, many female students experience physical and cognitive development at different rates compared to male adolescents. Outward Bound has seen this in practice and has created single-gender early adolescent courses comprised of students at similar levels of development. This allows Instructors to effectively accommodate and teach to each groups' unique abilities. Single gender courses allow more open time to talk about fears and concerns, provide greater participation for females in leadership roles, ensure less distraction due to appearances and lessen the potential for stereotyping behaviors to occur.
|HWMS-923||7.20.19 - 7.28.19||9||13 - 14||$2,595||JOIN WAITLIST|
This course starts within the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to assess the possibility of applying for this course!
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 Instructor, 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.
Our traditional 30-foot sailboats encourage teamwork and leadership like no other classroom. On an open boat with no cabin and no engine, students live closely with other students using only wind and oars as propulsion. As they rotate responsibilities during this expedition, students learn the crafts of maneuvering under sail, coastal navigation, rowing and living aboard a small open boat. At night, students sleep on deck under a tarp, and take turns at anchor watch under brilliant night skies.
The granite that made the Maine Coast famous as a source of building material a century ago now provides the setting for some outstanding rock climbing or rappelling from sea cliffs. Students learn to use climbing equipment, tie knots, climb and belay each other, while Instructors provide overall supervision of the site. Climbing hones and develops balance, coordination, flexibility and grace on the rock. Climbing will present many individual challenges for the group, while the team must work together to set systems up, communicate clearly and support each other throughout the climb.
Service projects are often incorporated into Outward Bound courses through coordination with local land managers, conservation groups, government agencies or social service agencies. While on expedition, students are encouraged to practice service to the environment and their team by sharing responsibilities and following Leave No Trace ethics throughout the course.
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. With sufficient food and equipment, students will set up camp at sites of their own choosing, using the wilderness skills learned during the first half or two-thirds of the course. The time students spend on solo depends on the length of the course. On one-week courses, Solo is 4 to 12 hours long.
Often located along beautiful shorelines or peaceful rivers, campsites are chosen to offer as much solitude as possible (yet be within emergency whistle-signaling distance of other group members). Most students spend their Solo time journaling, drawing, or just thinking and resting as they process lessons of the course to focus on their goals for the future. Instructors check on each student at regular intervals.
Nine-day courses for 13- to 14-year-olds are designed to introduce young teens to Outward Bound. Supportive Instructors teach the skills of wilderness travel, and guide the formation of the group into an expedition team. As the students’ abilities grow, the instructors intentionally and progressively challenge them to take on more responsibilities, try out more leadership roles, and develop a heightened sense of self and purpose. Under the close supervision of caring Instructors, students are permitted to share ideas, experiment, triumph and sometimes fail. While safety is conscientiously maintained, students may experience moments of frustration, disappointment, cold or tiredness. At such times, the Instructors coach young teens to review their choices, weigh the results, decide what changes to make and to try again. We find this teaches decision making, responsibility and resiliency, and ensures that the group knows that all successes are truly theirs! Students return readier to fully participate and positively engage at home, in school, on teams, and in their communities.
The essence of an Outward Bound course is student autonomy. During the first third of a course (a phase called “training expedition”), the Instructors are very present in the group. They teach outdoor skills, the technical aspects of the activities, and guide the students as they form a team. In the middle third of the course (called “main expedition”), the Instructors take a step back so that the students may step forward. Students begin to teach what they have already learned to each other, and experiment with applying basic skills to bigger challenges. The Instructors continue to coach and support as the students practice leadership roles. When the group meets a situation, environment, or activity they haven’t learned about, the Instructors jump back in and teach. Each time this happens, the group reaches competency more quickly. By the last third of the course (“final expedition”), the students are the stars of the show. They are applying what they know, leading each other, setting goals and solving problems collaboratively. The Instructors are close by and ready to step back in to prevent a safety issue, but will let students find their own resiliency when they make mistakes, and ensure that they feel the full spotlight of success when they meet their goals.
The coast of Maine, with its intricate and indented shoreline, is a unique segment of the North Atlantic seaboard. It is renown among sailors for its picturesque beauty, iconic lighthouses, abundant bays and harbors, rocky islands, and quiet coves. Our cruising area covers nearly 200 miles of the Maine coast, with countless rivers, bays and islands to explore. The rocky, spruce-covered islands are the summits of a prehistoric mountain range, and generations of inhabitants have made their livelihoods here. Evidence left behind on the islands reveals the historic presence of indigenous Abenaki camps, pre-colonial fishing communities, post-colonial timber and farming operations, and early 20th century granite quarries. Cold, nutrient-rich waters flow from the Canadian Maritimes and make the Gulf of Maine home to a wide range of sea birds, seals, porpoises, and whales.
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