“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 14-day, multi-element leadership course is an opportunity for students to travel the longest free-flowing river in the Eastern United States, where 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 eastern United States. Take on new and exciting challenges and feel the adrenaline rush as you work with your 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. Crew members are positioned to inspire others and sharpen their leadership skills in the outdoor environment. Leave No Trace ethics, basic wilderness first aid and leadership development techniques are part of your training as well. Be prepared to take your skills to the next level and push yourself beyond what you thought possible.
This course is closed for the season. 2019 courses coming soon.
During this multi-element leadership intensive course, students will 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 from backpacking and canoeing elements and demonstrate self-awareness and the emotional intelligence needed to become a compassionate leader who builds relationships and strong bonds within their crew. Through the experience and practice of working together as a team, developing trust and applying progressively learned personal and group skills, students will recognize and demonstrate sound principles for being a successful and efficient team.
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 wilderness travel - safety, appropriate packing and wilderness hygiene, cooking back-country meals and group hiking, tarp and sleeping systems, navigation and Leave No Trace principles to name a few. Students will be physically and emotionally challenged as they work as a team to accomplish goals and put learned skills to practice. The course will begin the moment students arrive at the Outward Bound base. Students will not only acquire technical skills but also long-lasting life skills. Students do not need previous backpacking experience to successfully complete this course.
During the expedition, students will learn technical paddling skills, river dynamics, navigation and rescue techniques as they discover 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. Crew members will work as a team to maneuver down river, supporting one another and using 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.
Outward Bound believes in order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Within a course, solo is that opportunity. It is a chance to experience solitude in the wilderness without distraction while also taking a break from the physical rigors of activities. Students are separated from their group for a period of time that time can range from an hour to 48 hours, depending on the course length and Instructor assessment of the group’s capability. Solo sites chosen by Instructors to provide as much solitude as possible (within emergency whistle-signaling distance of other group members). Participants have all necessary equipment, food and water during their Solo time, with safety being a top priority.
South Central Pennsylvania/Appalachian Trail/Delaware Water Gap
Pennsylvania remains one of the most forested states in the nation. It includes some of the most intact and bountiful hardwood forest lands accessible to modern, urban, city life, as well as being second only to Alaska in navigable waterways in the United States. The Appalachians, which includes the Alleghany, Blue, Blue Ridge and Pocono mountain ranges, are some of the oldest mountains in the world. The range is mostly located in the United States, but extends into southeastern Canada. This Outward Bound course will take place in the south central region of Pennsylvania along the Appalachian Trail, passing through multiple state forest and park lands including Michaux State forest and Pine Grove State Park. Students will also experience the Delaware River through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area, and its 67,000 acres of mountain ridge. The river cuts a twisting path through 1,400-foot Kittatinny Ridge and within the river watershed, students will discover steep wooded-and-rock slopes, bountiful rhododendron, dark hallows, tinsel-like ravines and tumbling waterfalls.
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