This specially-designed Outward Bound course helps youth navigate the tough road from adolescence to adulthood with the support of their families.
This four-day course provides a unique opportunity for families to deepen their connections and appreciation for one another through challenging wilderness activities like canoeing, chart reading and sleeping and eating on white sandy beaches under a blanket of stars. The memories and metaphors of a shared adventure will carry on long into the future, as family participants further develop their relationships.
This course is built for duos. Please complete two applications - one for a parent/guardian and one for a child. We cannot accommodate single enrollments or families of three. The cost is listed per participant.
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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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Course start, load boats, learn paddle and rescue skills. Begin expedition.
Canoe expedition: navigation skills and reading tidal charts and flow
Canoe expedition: island beach camping, Everglades natural history lesson, family reflection activity (duo)
Final expedition back to land, course end ceremony, transportation to the airport
Outward Bound Family expeditions are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience the great outdoors with the people you love. These eye-opening adventures provide a new and exciting place to bond as a family, improve communication, and cultivate a shared sense of natural wonder as you explore some of the nation’s most pristine wilderness areas together.
Build skills, form connections: Learn, practice and refine expedition and personal skills. Faced with demanding natural challenges, discover the strength within each family member – but also the power of working together.
Value strengths and strengthen values: Learn to incorporate Outward Bound values into everyday life by pushing your own limits and seeking challenge as an opportunity for personal growth – as individuals and as a family unit.
Demonstrate mastery: As the course nears the end, Instructors transfer leadership responsibilities to crewmembers so they may apply skills, make group decisions and celebrate successes as a family.
What you’ll learn: Return home with wilderness skills, conflict resolution strategies, compassion for others, and the ability to work together as a highly-functioning, collaborative family unit.
During this course, family combinations will find a unique experience as they paddle together through lush mangrove tunnels in a land of contrasts: between tropic and semi-tropic, land and sea, salt and fresh water, canoeing the wild waterways of Florida. Participants can expect to spend a good deal of time each day in canoes traveling from campsite to campsite. These canoes are tandem, which means parent-child duos will need to work together and communicate as they travel. Depending on the weather, the level of difficulty will vary daily. Crews will learn marine expedition risk-assessment and management, marine route planning and navigation, paddle strokes, canoe-based rescues, equipment use and how to work with a paddling partner.
Near the end of the families course, students will participate in an adapted version of the Outward Bound Solo experience called Duo. Parent and child duos will separate from their crew to be alone together for a period of time, generally overnight. During this time, Instructors assign each duo with their own individual campsite within a designated area. These areas are both secluded and within hearing distance of other group members and Instructors to preserve safety protocols. Students will have all of the necessary gear, food, water and skills to complete this portion of the course. They will also know the location of their Instructors’ campsite should they need to contact them for any reason. Instructors will be monitoring students closely during this time and the Duo will last no longer than 24 hours. This experience is a great opportunity for families to relax, recharge, connect and reflect on their course after long days of strenuous group activities.
Service to others and the environment is a core value of Outward Bound and is integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as service to the environment and do acts of service while leading and supporting fellow participants. Students develop a value of service, seeing the impact of their actions firsthand, and transfer this desire to serve their communities back home.
Acquire a taste for adventure on this four-day Outward Bound experience, which reminds students of their connection to nature and leaves them feeling inspired to take on real challenge in their everyday life. Through these condensed experiences, students become comfortable living and working together in the wilderness while practicing the Four Pillars of Outward Bound; craftsmanship, self-reliance, physical fitness and compassion. Participants also create a solid foundation of skills that they can build upon once they return home.
The Florida Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states. The aquatic preserve is home to an array of wild creatures and exotic plant life. More than 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 reptile species live within it. Because of this, it is one of only three locations in the world to show up on the following lists, an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a World Heritage Site.
This course area is in a subtropical region, with a 12-month growing season. The Florida peninsula is believed to be the last part of the continental United States to rise from the ocean, making it the youngest region geologically and only Alaska can claim a longer shoreline. The Everglades are mild and pleasant from December through April, with low humidity and clear skies. Temperatures reach average highs of 88 degrees and lows of 54 degrees. Strong cold fronts may occasionally create near-freezing conditions, but such events are rare in this subtropical climate. These regions are the ancestral lands of the Calusa, Miccosukee, and Seminole nations.
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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.