“What I have realized from this Outward Bound experience is that I need to change my attitude. I have always done what was needed to be done, and finished my job, but I always did it in a way that not only made me feel down and robotic, but that affected my family members who were just trying to have a good time. I need to raise my expectations for everything, knowing that some things will let me down, but that it is worth it if expectations are met. Enough with fancy wording. I need to have fun. Get outside. Make memories. I need to spend this time wisely before it is lost forever.“ – Student - VTME-721 ( Caitlin McWilliams)
“This course reminded me of how much I love nature and being outside. I got to meet new friends and experience new things. I learned that I can do a lot more things than I thought I could, I learned how to make a lot of different knots, tips for hiking safely etc. I grew so much over this past few days, more than I’ve ever grown in a week. This experience will help me go out of my comfort zone.” – Student - VTME - 731 (Carter Lapp)
“I learned that teamwork always works better! That leadership should be valued but it is best if everybody helps lead! I also learned how easy it can be for 12 kids thrown together in the woods to get along. This will help me going forward because I have learned to practice certain values that will help me in the future.” – Student - VTME -731- (Grace Infante)
Joining Outward Bound for this backpacking and rock climbing expedition takes you into the heart of the Sawtooth Mountain Range, adjacent to the world’s largest body of freshwater - Lake Superior. Greet the sunrise over Lake Superior, spend the day challenging yourself while hiking the stunning Superior Hiking Trail, and enjoy evenings cooking meals and connecting with your crew around a crackling fire. Learn outdoor skills that allow you to travel safely through a wilderness-like environment, including backpacking techniques, navigation, water purification, camp construction, fire building, and Leave No Trace ethics. In addition to gaining useful technical skills, you’ll also be developing essential life skills including perseverance or “grit”, teamwork, problem solving, decision making, and leadership in this fun and unique outdoor “classroom.”
|VTME-831||6.19.18 - 6.30.18||12||12 - 13||$2,790||CALL|
|VTME-821||7.11.18 - 7.18.18||8||12 - 13||$1,940||ENROLL|
|VTYE-832||7.22.18 - 8.2.18||12||14 - 16||$2,790||CALL|
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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 hit the ground running as they learn how to set up camp on day one and spend eight to 12 days in the Sawtooth Mountain Range of the Superior Hiking Trail. Equipped with everything they need, students hike three to 10 miles per day, depending on terrain, and camp near remote rivers or lakes. Throughout the expedition, students learn to shift their perspective as their backpack transforms from a heavy burden to an organized system providing the freedom to trek unassisted from the outside world.
Individuals come together to form an expedition crew as they master skills including wilderness travel, leadership and teamwork. As the expedition progresses and students’ self-confidence and skills increase, they have the opportunity to take more ownership over the expedition, including group leadership, route selection, navigation and camp set up. This intentional progression provides the crew with the opportunity to support each other as they decide where this adventure will take them.
Rock climbing combines control, strength, and cunning as students ascend natural rock formations at Carlton Peak and Shovel Point on the Superior Hiking Trail. Each climbing site provides a variety of beginner and intermediate climbs that provide an ideal introduction to rock climbing. Regardless of a student’s rock climbing and rappelling background, everyone is sure to find challenge and success as they have the opportunity to climb at the beginning and end of this expedition, weather permitting.
All Outward Bound rock climbing and rappelling experiences are carefully supervised and employ safety systems aligned with national standards. During climbing days, students learn about rock climbing equipment, safety and etiquette, belaying techniques and climbing rescue techniques. Encouraged and supported by their group, students push their perceived limits and expand their comfort zones in a safe, fun, and non-competitive environment.
This solitude or “Solo” experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their time at Outward Bound. Many students use this reflection time to journal, make decisions about their future and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings unencumbered by the constant external stimulation of modern life. The duration of Solo depends on the course length and type, as well as the competency and preparedness of the student group. Typically, Solo takes up half a day, with all the food, skills and supplies they need, where students are given a secluded spot to reflect alone and are monitored by staff throughout to maintain safety. Students tend to find that Solo provokes profound and powerful learning in a short period of time and often becomes one of the most memorable parts of their Outward Bound experience.
Service is a cornerstone of every Outward Bound experience. From the seemingly small daily acts of service to the environment to the regular tasks of being part of an expeditionary team, students have ample opportunities to experience the value of giving back to the larger community. On the expedition, students are encouraged to practice environmental stewardship in the form of Leave No Trace ethics - leaving campsites, trails and waterways in better condition than they found them. Students also practice regular acts of service for their team including preparing and serving meals, helping others put on or take off packs or setting up shelters for the entire team.
Early high school students will experience a sense of accomplishment as they learn about perseverance (or grit), risk taking, self-identity and self-reliance. Students will learn to trust themselves and push themselves harder as they own their choices and advance toward mastery in their skill development. Group adversity will teach each student critical thinking skills, collaboration and decision-making. They will experience leadership in action as they see their potential become reality while practicing empathy and compassion towards others.
Regardless of the course type, students can expect to get comfortable living and working together in the wilderness while creating a solid foundation of skills they can continue to build on after the course.
Superior Hiking Trail, Minnesota
On the southern edge of the massive a granite rock formation, known as the Canadian Shield, that runs from Minnesota all the way to Hudson Bay and the Northwest Territories sits the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior.
Along the crest of the low mountains that border Lake Superior’s rugged north shore sits the Superior Hiking Trail. Students backpack and camp along the trail throughout the course surrounded by majestic state and national forests. Near the southern terminus of the trail, the topography reaches its most dramatic vistas at a peninsula called Shovel Point. Vertical granite cliffs that rise 100 feet straight out of the lake provide an incredible backdrop for students while they learn to rock climb as the culmination of the expedition. The trail travels over peaks with great views of the lake and down into the valleys through areas where students discover beaver dams, young forests and rivers that pour into massive Lake Superior.
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