“He came back full of confidence in what he had accomplished, totally lit up about being in nature and everything he saw. He was proud of himself.” –Parent Testimonial
Spend 8 or 12 days backpacking and climbing through picturesque mountains and forests, take on new and exciting challenges as you develop into a crew that trusts, communicates, motivates and supports one another. Test personal limits, practice leadership and teamwork, build confidence and compassion and meet personal and group goals out away from the stress of daily obligations. Take in the breathtaking views from atop the mountains by day and view star-studded skies at night - as only those who head into the wilderness can. Convenient course start location in Philadelphia.
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 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.
Students will learn the necessary skills for wilderness travel - safety, appropriate packing and wilderness hygiene, cooking back-country meals and group hiking, tarp and sleeping systems, navigation and Leave No Trace principles to name a few. Students will be physically and emotionally challenged as they work as a team to accomplish goals and put learned skills to practice. The course will begin the moment students arrive at the Outward Bound base. Students will not only acquire technical skills but also long-lasting life skills. Students do not need previous backpacking experience to successfully complete this course.
This rock climbing expedition will have a day-long rock climbing experience. Students will learn skills to tie knots and be exposed to climbing equipment. They will learn safety, climbing and belay techniques and have opportunities to use climbing equipment. Students do not need prior climbing or backpacking experience for this course. Our instructors are climbing specialists and will teach students the skills necessary to be successful on this incredible adventure.
Service to others and to the environment are core values of Outward Bound and they are integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as part of their service to the environment. Students develop an ingrained appreciation of service, seeing the impact of their actions firsthand, by multiple small acts of service with and for their crewmates while leading and supporting each other throughout the journey.
Outward Bound believes in order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Within a course, solo is that opportunity. It is a chance to experience solitude in the wilderness without distraction while also taking a break from the physical rigors of activities. Students are separated from their group for a period of time that time can range from an hour to 48 hours, depending on the course length and Instructor assessment of the group’s capability. Solo sites chosen by Instructors to provide as much solitude as possible (within emergency whistle-signaling distance of other group members). Participants have all necessary equipment, food and water during their Solo time, with safety being a top priority.
During this unique expedition, students will learn the introductory skills needed to become an adventure climber and proficient hiker. Students will recall and develop introductory climbing techniques, recognize technical climbing equipment and understand skills for rappelling and belaying. Crew members will demonstrate the skills for backcountry travel, manage a group hike and living arrangements and develop a sense of mastery when it comes to wilderness exploration. Through the experience and practice of working together as a team, developing trust and applying progressively learned personal and group skills, students will recognize and demonstrate sound principles for being a successful and efficient crew.
The Appalachians, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania remains one of the most forested states in the nation. It includes some of the most intact and bountiful hardwood forest lands accessible to modern urban city life, as well as being second only to Alaska in navigable waterways in the United States. The Appalachians, which includes the Alleghany, Blue, Blue Ridge and Pocono mountain ranges, are some of the oldest mountains in the world. The complete course area is primarily located in the United States, but extends into southeastern Canada as well. This Outward Bound course will take place in the south central region of Pennsylvania along the Appalachian Trail, passing through multiple state forest and park lands including Michaux State forest and Pine Grove State Park. From the southern end of the park lands you can view the S-shaped chasm of the Delaware Water Gap, where the river cuts a twisting path through 1,400-foot Kittatinny Ridge.
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