“Everything about that expedition meant the world to me. I met my best friend, acquired a newfound appreciation for the environment and decided what I wanted to do with my future, just in that short timeframe.” – POBS Student
This 12 to 14-day, multi-element leadership course is an opportunity for you to challenge yourself while backpacking and canoeing through the picturesque Appalachian Mountains and through the S-shaped chasm of the Delaware River Water Gap — the longest free-flowing river in the Eastern United States. The river cuts a twisting path through 1,400-foot Kittatinny Ridge and supports the largest winter populations of bald and golden eagles in the East. Take on new and exciting challenges and feel the adrenaline rush as you become part of a crew; trusting, communicating, motivating and supporting one another as you test personal limits, practice leadership and teamwork, build confidence and compassion, and meet personal and group goals. You will be positioned to inspire others and sharpen your leadership skills in the outdoor environment. Leave No Trace™ ethics, basic wilderness first aid and leadership development techniques are part of your training. No prior experience is necessary but arrive with an open mind and be prepared to take your skills to the next level and push yourself beyond what you thought possible.
You should arrive physically and mentally prepared for an “expedition-style” course, meaning you will leave the Philadelphia base on the first day of course to travel the backcountry by foot or canoe daily, and not return to base until the last day of the course. You and your group will move to a new campsite every night as you travel along your expedition route. This means no showers (perhaps some swimming), no cell phones, no television, nor any other modern conveniences to which you may be accustomed. You should come to your course prepared for, and excited about, devoting all of your time and energy to your expedition, your crew and your Outward Bound experience!
|PPML-931||6.18.19 - 6.29.19||12||14 - 16||$2,892||ENROLL|
|PPYL-941||7.7.19 - 7.20.19||14||14 - 16||$3,674||ENROLL|
|PPTL-941||7.29.19 - 8.11.19||14||16 - 18||$3,674||ENROLL|
|PPML-932||7.29.19 - 8.11.19||14||14 - 16||$2,892||ENROLL|
This course may be full or preparing to leave in the next week. Please call us at 866-467-7651 to discuss your options.
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 the course, students learn the necessary skills for wilderness travel: safety, appropriate packing and wilderness hygiene, cooking backcountry meals and group hiking, tarp sleeping systems, navigation and Leave No Trace principles, to name a few. Students are physically and emotionally challenged as they work as a team to accomplish goals and put learned skills to practice. The course begins the moment students arrive at our Outward Bound base and continues through the expedition on the trails. Students acquire technical skills and lifelong skills.
Students learn technical paddling skills, river dynamics, navigation and rescue techniques as they explore the Delaware River Water Gap and its rapids, islands and wildlife. The crew will practice learned skills and develop technique as they navigate the river and its pools, eddies and swift currents. As a crew, students work as a team to maneuver down river, supporting one another and use the skills of backcountry living on the river.
Service to others and to the environment are core values of Outward Bound and they are integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as part of their service to the environment. Students develop an ingrained appreciation of service, seeing the impact of their actions firsthand, by multiple small acts of service with and for their crewmates while leading and supporting each other throughout the journey.
Students will engage in Solo, a period of solitude, as a way to take a break from the physical nature of the expedition and experience a time and opportunity for self-awareness, reflection and application of learning. Students are prepared for their Solo and have opportunity to reflect on their current experience and personal growth as well as the application of their experience into their learning and social environments.
During this multi-element leadership intensive course, students use the course area to develop new, and hone, existing leadership and community-building skills. Students will recall and demonstrate proficiency in the technical skills in backpacking and canoeing and demonstrate self-awareness and the emotional intelligence needed to become a compassionate leader who builds relationships and strong bonds with their crew. Through the experience and practice of working together as a team, developing trust and applying progressively learned personal and group skills, students recognize and demonstrate sound principles for being a successful and efficient crew.
South Central Pennsylvania/Appalachian Trail/Delaware Water Gap
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.
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.