“An ethic of service is an outcome of every Outward Bound course and I think it is important that the projects are applicable to the course experience. On course, I teach low impact travel and camping techniques and try to get students psyched on destroying human developments like fire rings and cairns. The connection they make with the course area amplifies the service project buy-in which in turn helps get students involved with giving back to their communities at home.
"On course, the energetic crew of teenagers worked in pairs, and in two hours, cleared six campsites. When I asked how they felt when completing the morning’s mission, Donna, a high school junior simply said, “It feels good to give back to a place that I have grown to love. I would have no idea that people had camped here if I was walking by.”
You’ll backpack through glacially carved mountains in one of the most iconic locations in the world – Yosemite National Park. After a week spent backpacking among the granite domes, you’ll return to the City by the Bay for urban service and cultural immersion. This course is designed for service-learning, leadership development, and self-discovery in both natural and urban environments.
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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!
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, heard the echoes at the edge of a vast canyon, 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 travel into the heart of the Sierra Nevada where they will learn Leave No Trace camping and travel skills, outdoor cooking techniques, map and compass use, route finding, and how to set up shelters in the backcountry.
Students on backpacking courses will spend the majority of their time navigating on-trail, occasionally venturing off-trail to connect to another section of trail or to climb a 'walk up' peak which does not require ropes or the occasional use of hands (Class 2). Backpacking courses may also spend more time 'below treeline', have limited to no travel on snow and utilize bridges to cross creeks where available.
Students on alpine backpacking courses spend the majority of their time navigating off-trail, 'above treeline', including terrain that crosses talus, boulder fields and snow. Peaks that are climbed on course do not require ropes, but may require the occasional use of hands for balance (Class 3-4) and creek crossings are often void of bridges.
In addition to technical skills, Instructors will teach and facilitate the interpersonal skills needed for students to function effectively as a team, accomplish goals, and tackle new challenges. Challenges on course are designed to compel students to draw upon inner resources and develop trust in one another. One example of on-course challenges is a peak attempt. With lighter packs, participants will start before sunrise to summit a mountain and are rewarded with 360 degree views and an incredible sense of accomplishment.
As skills and experience increase, Instructors will turn over more responsibility to the crew. Students will eventually make navigation decisions, plan routes and set up camp.
On the 22-day course only, there is a two-day rock-climbing component intended to promote trust and challenge amongst group members. Students will learn rock climbing basics including climbing technique, belaying and knots, while building trust with team members and confidence in themselves.
Far removed from starry nights and alpine lakes, San Francisco is a bustling city of streetlights and people. This city provides a juxtaposition of wealth and poverty – back alleys and striking bay views, sprinkled with tourist destinations that attract travelers from across the globe. Continuing ‘expedition style’, students will carry their gear and travel like locals, taking the bus, walking and taking the ferry to their nightly abode. With the city as their classroom, students will gain knowledge and appreciation for different cultures, types of food, and the economic and social issues cities face across the U.S.
Service projects vary from working with parks to improve facilities and trail systems for future visitors, to helping local gardeners and other food initiatives for underserved populations in the city. There will be a minimum of two service projects. However, every component of this expedition is designed to ignite participants’ drive to be agents of change in the community. Ultimately, participants will be able to apply the leadership, compassion and skills developed on this section of the course to their everyday lives.
On every Outward Bound course reflection is an integral part of the learning process. During the Solo phase of course, participants will find reprieve from the rigors of daily travel and spend a structured period of rest and reflection near the group’s base camp. The primary focus of this time is to reflect on personal and group goals. Depending on the participant’s age and the length of the expedition, Solo can range in length from a few hours to three days. Participants are provided with simple food, shelter and occasional check-ins from Instructors during this unique experience. The maximum Solo length on this course is 72 hours.
This course pushes participants physically, socially, and emotionally. With a longer course length, participants dig deep and achieve a higher level of mastery. Students will gain both technical and personal skills that they will be able to take back to their community, school, and work. Students will discover increased self-confidence, improved leadership, and a desire to make a difference.
Yosemite National Park, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, is famous for breathtaking views of waterfalls, massive granite domes, and peaceful alpine meadows. While this course steers clear of the crowded tourists’ attractions of the valley, dramatic alpine scenery can be seen in the horizon like peaks rising from the valley to elevations above 12,000 feet. With fairly stable and beautiful weather, as summer advances, temperatures tend to become more moderate, in the 70s to 80s during the day and 30s to 50s in the evening.
The Urban Expedition will take students on a tour of San Francisco landmarks like Chinatown, Pier 39, the Mission District, Baker Beach, and Market Street. Students will camp in local parks and with unique partner agencies across the city. San Francisco offers rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and foods, and an abundance of initiative opportunities. Though a dramatic change from Yosemite, students will find inspiration and new perspectives in this bustling, beautiful city.
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.