Join us for a memorable week of service, fun and community during Alumni Service Week at Homeplace, our wilderness base near Ely, Minnesota.
Sleep on base, eat on base and help prepare for the upcoming season by contributing to various service projects throughout the week. Work side by side with base staff and other members of the Outward Bound alumni community – and build friendships that extend far beyond the week of service. Designed so that alumni and staff may benefit from each other’s energy and enthusiasm, Alumni Service Week offers plenty of opportunities for reflection, renewal and fun. Participate in exhilarating initiatives and decide on an optional day activity that might include rock climbing and rappelling, canoeing, an overnight expedition, saunas or a visit to local points of interest such as the International Wolf Center or North American Bear Center.
NOTE: Outward Bound strongly recommends that all students be vaccinated against COVID-19 and up to date as defined by the CDC prior to arriving to their course start. For all open enrollment courses beginning on or after April 15, 2023, Outward Bound will no longer require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For questions regarding this policy please see this page or call us at 866-467-7651.
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JOIN WAITLIST Once a course has reached capacity, three waitlist positions become available. To join a course’s waitlist, click “Join Waitlist” to begin the application process. A $500 deposit is required. This $500 deposit includes a $150 non-refundable application fee and a $350 tuition payment. The $350 tuition payment is refundable only if you cancel your waitlist application or if an open position does not become available. If a position does become available, the applicant will be applied to the open position and the Application and Cancellation Policies of the Regional Outward Bound School will be followed, including forfeiture of the $500 deposit if you cancel 90 days or less prior to the course start date.
Waitlist applicants are encouraged to complete all required admissions documents while awaiting an open position. Positions may become available up to two weeks prior to the course start date. Applicants may only apply to one course. We recommend applying to a course with open positions instead of a course that is accepting waitlist applications. If you have questions, please call 866-467-7651 to speak with one of our Admissions Advisors.
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CLOSED As a course nears its start date, the availability status may read “Closed.” In this event, a course roster has been finalized and applications are no longer being accepted or processed.
The week begins at the Duluth Airport before transporting to the Voyageur Outward Bound School basecamp in northern Minnesota. Meet your Outward Bound liaison, settle into your accommodations, eat dinner and enjoy getting to know the group.
Review the list of base camp service projects with your Outward Bound liaison. Meet current Outward Bound staff, sign-up for tasks and get to work.
Participate in a variety of optional activities like canoeing, rock climbing and hiking while also getting work projects done around the base camp.
Finish up work projects and enjoy a final banquet celebration.
Eat an early breakfast and depart for the airport to travel home.
Homeplace is located at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, situated on Birch Lake in the Superior National Forest. It is a community in the midst of woods and water and is an ideal place to work and play. The base is surrounded by boreal forest full of giant white pines and cedars and overlooks rapids of the glacier-carved Kawishiwi River, a sliver of one of the largest inland navigable waterway systems in the world. Deer, pine marten, woodpeckers and eagles are commonly spotted right on the basecamp grounds.
If you are ready to enroll on a course click the enroll button next to the course you wish to select or you can enroll over the phone by speaking with one of our Admissions Advisors (toll-free) at 866-467-7651.
To secure your spot on a course you must submit an enrollment form and $500 deposit that is applied toward the total cost of the course and includes a $150 non-refundable enrollment processing fee.