The positive outcomes our students experience – whether they are middle and high school age, college age or adults – manifest in the form of increased self-confidence, awareness and respect for the interdependence of individuals and a desire to make a positive difference in their own lives and the lives of others. Strangers become life-long friends. Small accomplishments on a course become life-long habits. Through shared challenges, adversity, failure and success, students discover and develop new skills, confidence and passion.
The idea that “you are needed,” no matter who you are, is a critical ingredient to the success of Outward Bound programs. Moreover, it is this element of inclusiveness and reliance on teamwork that sets an Outward Bound expedition apart from any other learning experience; expedition members are “crew, not passengers.”
Outward Bound doesn’t only encourage students to contribute to the group; we require it. After all, on an Outward Bound expedition, awareness and respect for others are not optional; it is necessary for success.
We explore and encourage behaviors that exemplify our values:
Tenacity in Pursuit
Readiness for Sensible Self-Denial
We design the course and activities to cultivate and provide:
Challenge and Adventure
Progression of Responsibility and Skills
Success and Failure
Reflection and Transference
To help our students discover:
Strength of Character
Desire to Serve
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