“When put to the test, my son realized he had very strong leadership skills.” – Parent Testimonial
This 14-day expedition is your opportunity to combine interest and love for the environment with backpacking in the south central region of Pennsylvania; the picturesque Penn’s Woods forests and its lush mountain laurel and rhododendron, rich forests, and state and county parks, the Appalachian Mountains and the beautiful City of Philadelphia. Test your personal limits, explore your interest in environmental service and tackle new and exciting challenges with your crew as you inspire and support one another through Outward Bound's renowned leadership and experiential learning and training. During your adventure, engage in hands-on conservation and environmental service projects and social stewardship while earning 20 documented service hours. Through careful instruction you will learn skills for backpacking and wilderness travel, service, team and crew work and earn Leave No Trace and Basic First Aid certifications. You will learn from and serve the environments and community members directly impacted by service efforts and from your crew. Throughout your travel you will discuss the role of service to the environment and reflect upon the impact it has on communities and the world at large.
|PPTW-941||7.8.19 - 7.21.19||14||16 - 18||$3,674||ENROLL|
This course may be full or preparing to leave in the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to discuss your options.
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.
During this backpacking course, students learn the necessary skills for safe wilderness travel: safety, appropriate packing, wilderness hygiene, navigation, backcountry cooking, group hiking and tarp sleeping systems, just to name a few. Students are physically and emotionally challenged as they work as a team to accomplish goals and put learned skills to practice. The course begins the moment students arrive at our Outward Bound base and continue through the expedition on the trails. Students acquire technical skills and many life-long skills. Students do not need previous backpacking experience to successfully complete this course, just an open mind and willingness to learn new skills!
This course is designed to build the next generation of environmental leaders. Students may work side by side with Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources staff, State Parks and Forests and Park Rangers, farmers, environmentalists, or local non-profit leaders all with the intent to educate about the natural environment and expose students to “green careers” in the natural world. Service opportunities may include remote trail maintenance, invasive species removal, native tree and community garden plantings, garden and food source maintenance and food bank packing and distribution. Students gain skills and knowledge in Leave No Trace principles and Basic First Aid while accruing 20 service hours.
Students will engage in solo, a period of solitude, as a way to take a break from the physical nature of the expedition and experience a time and opportunity for self-awareness, reflection and application of learning. Students are prepared for their Solo and have opportunity to reflect on their current experience and personal growth as well as the application of their experience into their learning and social environments.
This service intensive course utilizes the course area’s state parks, wilderness and urban environments to empower students to become environmental stewards. Students define and practice Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and recall Basic First Aid techniques. Students demonstrate the application of LNT principles in their communities and learning environments and formulate their personal goals for engaging differently with the environment. Individually and as a crew, students demonstrate a better understanding of personal and group environmental habits and impacts, and work collectively to determine use of new found tools, skills and resources to reduce impact on their community and world environments.
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 in the temperate world 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 Mountains, are some of the oldest mountains in the world. The range is mostly located in the United States, but extends into southeastern Canada as well. This course takes place in the south central region of Pennsylvania passing through multiple state forest and park lands including Michaux State Forest and Pine Grove State Park. The City of Philadelphia is rich in history, culture, and green space hosting the largest maintained city park in the country (over 10,000 acres). Students and their crew will have a chance to experience some of Philadelphia’s most beautiful places and meet some of its greatest people.
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