OUTWARD BOUND MISSION: To change lives through challenge and discovery.
COLORADO OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL
Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit organization and is proud to be part of a national network of Outward Bound schools in the US and all over the world. Outward Bound entities collectively serve around a quarter of a million people a year in over 30 countries and have reached over seven million people in its 70-year history.
Outward Bound’s roots go back to 1941 when influential educator and philosopher Kurt Hahn developed a survival training program for British sailors based on a philosophy that training through challenges produced better outcomes and greater impact than training for challenges because it created transferable character traits. In 1962, Josh Miner, adopting Hahn’s philosophy, founded Outward Bound USA in Marble, Colorado, where we still operate to this day. Since its inception, Outward Bound has been the pioneering leader in outdoor experiential education, serving over one million students from all walks of life and immersing participants in challenging expedition courses that inspire discovery.
What is special about COBS is the access we have to spectacular landscapes. Many of the wilderness areas our students travel through are difficult to get permits for; some have been restricted over the years to protect delicate ecosystems. Thanks to long-standing partnerships with land agencies, we have the privilege of getting to see these pristine and remote areas where few people go. The topography of the West offers so many opportunities for adventure, allowing many of our expeditions to combine multiple activities and very distinctive ecosystems into one course. Whether rafting the rivers, summitting glaciated peaks or climbing desert rock, experience true wilderness miles away from civilization. Feel the confidence of real self-reliance, where everything you need is in your head or on your back.
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