Celebrating 60 Years

Can you believe it? Colorado Outward Bound School is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and we’d love for you to join us! We look forward to reflecting on all those that have supported and joined COBS in blazing the trail as leaders in experiential outdoor education over the past 60 years, as well as share our exciting vision for the path ahead. There are a variety of ways to get involved for our 60th anniversary – check ‘em out below and choose your own adventure! Have questions? Contact Colvin Hedgepeth, Development Director, or Britta Mireley, Development Officer.

Online Campaign: August 18th-September 8th

Over the course of our three-week online peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, we’re aiming to raise $60,000 to ensure that COBS can cultivate compassionate and resilient leaders long into the future.

Want to go the extra mile for COBS? We’re calling on our community to step up to the challenge and set up personal fundraising pages! Our crew are the greatest ambassadors for our work, and we would love your support in sharing your COBS story with your networks. We’ll also be sharing a toolkit soon to guide you along your fundraising journey and help you reach your summit.

In-Person Event: September 8th

Mark your calendars for an epic adventure on September 8th, plan your route to Littleton, and meet us at the Chatfield Farms trailhead to cheers to COBS’s 60 years. You won’t want to miss this year’s event, as it will look a little different than our traditional fall gala. Think more outdoorsy, ample opportunities to interact with students, and even bringing a little bit of basecamp to life. Don’t wait to purchase your ticket (seating is limited!), grab your adventure buddies, coziest Colorado casual outfit, favorite memories from the trails, and get ready to enjoy an evening under the stars.

Here are a few details to keep in mind for the event:


Ticket sales have ended for this event.

Our individual ticket holders will have open seating at community tables, offering a chance to connect with someone new from the COBS crew.

Event Schedule

5:30 p.m.  Social hour with cocktails, interactive COBS experiences, and live music
6:30 p.m.  Dinner is served
7:00 p.m.  Program starts including a fireside chat with current and former COBS leadership and students, a live auction, and a special appeal
8:30 p.m.  Grab a s'more and catch up with friends before heading home

Live Auction

Plan your bidding strategy now. You don't want to miss out on any of these amazing adventures!

Live Auction Preview


No need to rent a tux this year! We encourage guests to embrace a Colorado casual vibe – think clean jeans/khakis/skirts with a button-down.

Travel to and from Chatfield Farms

In order to support guests getting home safely, COBS is offering a free shuttle to and from the Littleton - Mineral light rail station (D line) to Chatfield Farms. Shuttles will start approximately 30 minutes before the event begins and run until the event officially concludes around 9:00 p.m.


COBS is monitoring COVID-19 levels and safety protocols and will adhere to Jefferson County guidelines. Our event will take place outdoors and in an open-air structure, but to reduce risk we are asking guests to take the following precautions:

Test on the day of the event. Please stay home if you test positive. If you have tested positive recently, please use this quick and easy isolation and quarantine calculator from the CDC to see if it is recommended for you to continue to stay at home and/or wear a mask in public.

Also, please stay home if you exhibit any of the following symptoms on the day of the event:

      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea


This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of our amazing sponsors.

Presenting Sponsor


Summit Sponsors

Brian and Rachel Corbett + COBS Alumni Greyson and Grant*
Elan Greenberg and Erin Lester
Sarah & Lucas Hartley*


Expedition Sponsors


Marie Logsden and Buckstein
 Bryan and Cynthia Mix
Peter O'Neil and Kim Reynolds
 Bob and Joan O'Rourke*
Tarn Udall and Alex DeGolia


Ascent Sponsors


Jennifer & Mark Bales*

Louis and Erica Bissette

Gruffie Clough

El Pomar Foundation

The Farley Family

Ben Fickett and Jess d'Arbonne

Ron Gager

GFM | CenterTable


Ross Aviation / Atlantic Aviation

Lauren Schmidt and Eric Olson

Alex Sugahara

Rebecca Grant Zarret & Scott Zarret

*Denotes digital campaign sponsors

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