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This course is designed for middle school students who are looking to improve their leadership skills, challenge themselves, and discover the lifelong benefits and perspective that only wilderness travel with Outward Bound can offer. "Expedition-style" means that you will leave our Philadelphia base camp on the first day of your course and return only at the end of the course. You will travel with all the food and equipment you need to conduct your expedition: stoves, tents, food, etc. You will learn all of the skills necessary for this outdoor adventure, and although your crew might occasionally sleep at the same campsite twice, you’ll generally move to a new campsite every night as you paddle along your expedition route.
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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!
No two Outward Bound expeditions are ever quite the same. Every crew is unique; every route is distinct; and every adventure is dynamic. But one thing remains the same. On each course, students rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places – and find strength and determination along the way.
In the Delaware Water Gap, each section of the river is different and has its own personality. If you want secluded, wide water with lots of wildlife, the stretch that flows through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area from Matamoras to Kittatinny Point offers it all. In addition to learning valuable paddling techniques in a tandem canoe, you and your fellow crew members will learn basic outdoor skills like Leave-No-Trace Ethics, outdoor living, and backcountry travel in order to successfully live, work, eat and play together. This process will hone your communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills. During the expedition, you will learn to use technical equipment, tie knots, paddle and camp, all while Instructors provide expert supervision.
On your first or final day of course, you will begin or end your expedition at our Wissahickon Valley High Ropes Course. Challenge yourself with the support of your teammates on one of our thrilling high ropes elements in the heart of the “Philadelphia Wilderness.”
On shorter courses for middle schoolers, participants will challenge themselves as they learn the skills to live and travel with their crew mates on the river. Participants will have the opportunity to become proficient paddlers as they travel the entire section of the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area. Rescue skills, river navigation, backcountry cooking, and campcraft are all skills taught to students on course. This course allows for a day at our Wissahickon Valley High Ropes Course in the heart of Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park. Participants will learn to trust each other and challenge themselves on one of our thrilling high ropes elements.
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.