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This course is an opportunity to challenge yourself, discover the value of wilderness travel, and improve leadership skills in an ecologically rich outdoor environment. Your crew will begin by backpacking through the million-acre Pineland Reserve on the Batona Trail, then trade your backpacks for paddles and canoes where you will practice your technique on the winding Mullica River. Your 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. You will begin this expedition-style course at our Philadelphia base camp in East Fairmount Park before transporting to the trail on day one. At the end of your course, you’lll return to base camp to challenge yourself on the Aerial Teams Challenge Course with the support of your crew. You will travel with all the food and equipment you need to conduct your expedition: stoves, tents/tarps, food, etc.
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This course starts within the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to assess the possibility of applying for this course!
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 the backpacking portion of this expedition students will learn the necessary skills for wilderness travel including safety, appropriate packing, wilderness hygiene, cooking backcountry meals, group hiking, tarp and sleeping systems, and navigation. Students will be physically and emotionally challenged as they work as a team to accomplish goals and put what they learn into practice. Students will acquire technical and interpersonal skills that they will use throughout their expedition and will transfer back to their schools, homes, and communities. Students do not need previous backpacking experience to successfully complete this course.
Students will learn paddling techniques in a tandem canoe, use technical equipment, learn to tie knots and continue to build their campcraft skills. The crew will practice learned skills and develop techniques as they navigate the river and its pools and currents of the Mullica 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 acquire technical skills and long-lasting life skills from expert Instructors.
Students will finish their expedition at our Philadelphia base camp, The Discovery Center. Here they will have the opportunity to push outside of their comfort zone atop the Aerial Teams Challenge Course with the support of their crew and teammates. The Discovery Center is a serene, urban oasis and nature-based learning environment located in the heart of Philadelphia.
Participants will recall and demonstrate learned skills to live and travel with their crewmates on the river and trail. Participants will have the opportunity to become proficient paddlers and backpackers as they travel first to the calm narrow water and Batona Trail 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 develop greater trust and self-confidence as they apply learned communication and problem solving skills on the river, the trail and the challenge course.
The Pinelands National Reserve is the first National Reserve in the nation, founded in 1978. In 1988, UNESCO also re-designated the Pinelands as a single-site Biosphere Reserve. 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.
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.