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Be prepared to canoe through both the Pineland Reserve and the Delaware Water Gap National Park, where each river is different and has its own personality. The crew will start in the million acre Pineland Reserve where you will learn to paddle on a calm lake, and then practice your technique on the winding Mullica River water trail. The group will learn about the ecology of the Pine Barrens from a Pineland Naturalist and the impact and importance of the Delaware River Watershed through our accredited, experiential watershed curriculum. As you develop your canoe skills, you’ll progress to the wide moving waters of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area that stretches from Matamoras to Kittatinny Point. During this expedition-style course you will leave our Philadelphia base camp on the first day of your course and return at the end of the course. You will travel with all the food and equipment you need to conduct your expedition: stoves, tents, food, etc.
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 safe water and backcountry travel-safety, appropriate packing and wilderness hygiene, cooking back-country meals and group travel, sleeping systems, navigation and Leave No Trace principles to name a few. The crew will practice learned skills and develop techniques as they navigate the river and its pools, eddies, and swift currents of the Delaware River. As a crew they will work as a team to maneuver down river, supporting one another and use their leadership skills on the river. Students will be physically and emotionally challenged as they work as a team to accomplish goals and put learned skills to practice. Students will acquire technical skills and long-lasting life skills from expert instructors.
Students will begin or end the expedition at our Wissahickon Valley High Ropes Challenge Course and push outside of their comfort zone with the support of their crew and teammates on one of our thrilling high ropes elements in the heart of the “Philadelphia Wilderness.”
Participants will recall and demonstrate learned skills to live and travel with their crewmates on the river. Participants will have the opportunity to become proficient paddlers as they travel first to the calm narrow water trails of the New Jersey Pinelands Reserve. Students will demonstrate rescue skills, river navigation, backcountry cooking, Leave No Trace, Watershed Curriculum, and campcraft. Additionally, students will apply their developed trust each and communication and problem solving skills on the river and on the ropes course.
The Pinelands National Reserve is the first National Reserve in the nation, founded in 1978. Later in 1988 becoming, UNESCO also redesignated the Pinelands as a single-site Biosphere Reserve with the United Nations. With over a million acres the reserve occupies 22% of New Jersey's land area and it is the largest body of open space on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard between Richmond and Boston. The Pinelands are home to dozens of rare plant and animal species as well as the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer system, which contains an estimated 17 trillion gallons of water.
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses 67,000 acres of mountain ridge, forest and floodplain on both sides of the Delaware River in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. From the southern end of the park, 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. Within the river watershed, you'll discover steep wooded-and-rock slopes, bountiful rhododendron, dark hallows, tinsel-like ravines and tumbling waterfalls.
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