Sail the rugged shoreline and canoe the Northwoods of Maine with Outward Bound. On the ocean, lakes and rivers of the eastern seaboard’s wildest regions, you will explore your strengths and values, learn to live and travel simply, set goals and work towards them. You will rely on your group, the forces of nature and what the group can carry. Instructors will introduce beginning, intermediate and advanced sailing and paddling skills as students learn to live and work closely together. Regular group discussions allow for reflection on each day’s progress and ensure that leadership and responsibilities are shared so that every student is integral to planning the next day. The habits learned and strengthened through these expeditions will serve you for life and prepare you for whatever challenges come next.
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Sometimes you don’t know where you want to go in life until you spend a few weeks in the middle of nowhere. Pathfinder expeditions give you time and space to understand what’s important to you and the skills to get there. Over the next 30 days, you’ll rise to meet natural challenges, becoming accustomed to setting goals, making decisions, and recovering from set-backs, all of which help clarify bigger choices that await you in life beyond your course.
Return home after broadening your horizons, learning how to adapt to new environments and trying untested possibilities, with an action plan for the future. With newfound leadership potential, self-awareness, and problem-solving skills, you’ll be ready for your next big step.
Traditional 30-foot sailboats encourage teamwork and leadership like no other classroom. On an open boat with no cabin and no engine, students work closely together to travel, using only the wind or the oars as propulsion. As they rotate responsibilities, the group learns 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, taking turns to keep anchor watch under brilliant night skies.
In the heart of Maine’s Northwoods are networks of remote lakes and rivers that flow through a five million acre forest. Students learn to maneuver canoes using paddle strokes such as the sweep, draw, pry and J-stroke. To get from one waterway into another, the group portage (carry the canoes on their shoulders) and line (guide the loaded canoe down the sides of unrunnable rapids) to get where they’re going. On whitewater, students practice swimming in rapids (so everyone knows what to do in the event of a capsize) and learn whitewater strokes, river reading skills, route finding and rescue techniques. Whitewater sections like “Seboomook,” “The Sluice,” “Surprise” and “The Maze” test students’ draw, cross-draw and bracing techniques. Upstream travel is achieved by “poling,” another traditional means of travel that involves propelling a canoe upstream using a 12 foot long setting pole. In learning to work, communicate well and coordinate efforts with their paddling partners each day, students discover the power of people truly working together.
Service projects are often incorporated into Outward Bound courses through coordination with local land managers, conservation groups, government agencies or social service agencies. While in the wilderness, students are encouraged to practice service to the environment and their team by sharing responsibilities and following Leave No Trace ethics throughout the expedition.
The Solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition to give students quiet time to reflect on the Outward Bound experience. With the basics of food and equipment, and with safety a top priority, students will take some time away from the group to be alone at sites of their own, using the wilderness skills learned during the first parts of the course. Often located along beautiful lake shorelines or peaceful rivers, Solo sites 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 learned and focus on their goals for the future. Instructors check on each participant at regular intervals. The time students spend on Solo depends on the length of the course. On one-week courses, solo is four to 12 hours long; on courses three weeks or longer, solo will be up to 72 hours.
Whether you go on an 8-day course or an 80-day course, all Outward Bound expeditions are focused on building character and leadership skills. Short courses are a great option for students looking for an introduction to the outdoors or for those who need a quick recharge. On shorter courses, you’ll learn camping and expedition basics, as well as the skills specific to your course activity such as climbing or rafting. You’ll get to know your fellow crew mates surprisingly well as you share this immersive and intense experience.
On longer courses, your Instructors will progressively hand over more of the decision making and leadership of the expedition to you and your crewmates, allowing each person to test the new technical and interpersonal skills they have learned. On semesters, you will learn advanced technical skills and on some courses, earn certifications. Longer courses give your crew the opportunity to get past the “honeymoon” stage where individuals show more of their “real” selves. Through the dynamics of an evolving group setting, you will have more freedom to investigate who you are and how you want to develop personally, and to start that inner journey. Longer solos will give you more time to reflect on your course and your life direction. All along the way, you will experience a wide variety of some of the most beautiful wilderness in the US and the world.
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.
For the canoeing portion of this course, students will explore the upper reaches of the Penobscot, Kennebec and Allagash watersheds in Maine’s Northwoods. This is the land that Thoreau immortalized in The Maine Woods. The known history of this five million acre forest begins with the indigenous Abenaki people, who lived along the banks of these rivers during the winter, planted crops in the spring, and then traveled downstream by canoe to coastal summer sites. After the discovery of massive white pines in the 17th century, these waterways were used by Europeans to transport logs from the forests to the mills downstream. These days, the forests, lakes and rivers are used primarily by canoeists, fisherman and other recreationalists.
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