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The Appalachian mountains and the south-central region of Pennsylvania are home to numerous state and county parks full of rich forests, lush mountain laurel and rhododendron. 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 12-day 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 Wilderness 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.
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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 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 will gain skills and knowledge in Leave No Trace principles and Wilderness First Aid while accruing 20 service hours.
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.
This service-intensive course utilizes the course area’s state parks, wilderness and urban environments to empower participants into becoming environmental stewards. Students will define and practice Leave No Trace principles and Wilderness First Aid techniques. Individually and as a crew, students will demonstrate a better understanding of personal and group environmental habits and impacts. The crew will work collectively to use new-found tools, skills and resources to reduce their own 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 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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