GENERAL INFO

Frequently Asked Questions

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Financial Aid/Scholarships

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Please contact Nohemi Mora, Scholarship Program Coordinator: [email protected] | 303-676-8238 with questions.

Risk Management
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Heat Safety

Sun Safety

Wildfire Season Plan

 

Physical and Mental Preparation
Physical Preparation

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Mental Preparation

Compassion is one of Outward Bound’s core values. Be prepared to offer it and expect it from your teammates. You will travel with and rely on a group of strangers each of whom have different reasons for attending Outward Bound and will come with varying levels of physical and mental strength. You may find that you will need to make compromises in your own expectations to support other members of your team. It is important to remember that in such a small group setting, your attitude and actions affect everyone.

Personal Hygiene

General Hygiene

Your instructors will explain the details of backcountry hygiene when you arrive. Groups carry soap and/or hand sanitizer for hand washing. Every student is given one wet wipe per day. You are welcome to bring and additional personal supply. Sometimes there are creeks, rivers, or lakes that groups can splash around in. Although showering and washing hair are not an option while on course, and there are usually no opportunities to wash clothing, it is not as bad as it sounds and we are all in it together. 

Every course environment has different techniques and environmentally appropriate practices for going to the bathroom. You will learn how to dispose of human waste in latrines, cat holes, groovers, or other wilderness-area specific methods.

Getting your Period on Course

Diet, altitude, & fitness level can unexpectedly bring on your period or postpone it. You may experience irregularities while out on course. Choose the method you are most comfortable with such as pads, menstrual cups, or tampons and include extra/supplemental supplies. Many of our staff love a reusable menstrual cup (MeLuna, DivaCup or Lena), because it reduces the amount of waste that you will need to carry and pack out. If you’ve never used a menstrual cup, we recommend you research and trial it before course. If using tampons, consider a non-applicator tampon to reduce bulk and waste that needs to be carried. Feel free to contact your course advisor with any questions. Regardless of your choice, we are able to share practices for managing periods and supplies in the backcountry and provide all the supplies to manage waste. 

Mail

MAIL:


Embarking upon multi-week expedition without most of our comforts from home can be an unfamiliar challenge, and receiving letters from family and/or friends can be incredibly encouraging for everyone on an expedition. Your mail will be delivered to you at transfers and resupplies as well as at the end of course. Your family and friends can send mail to you at the following address. Any undelivered mail received after the course will be forwarded to your home address. Please ask them to mail the letters at least 6 days before the course end. Packages are subject to opening prior to delivery to the student.

Name and Course #
c/o Colorado Outward Bound School

1930 Hwy 300
Leadville, CO 80461

Homesickness

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Essential Eligibility Criteria

Click here to review COBS Essential Eligibility Criteria

Emergency Communications
In the event of an emergency (such as a death in the family) where you need to reach a student who is on course, call 720.381.6589 and follow the prompts for critical emergency for a student currently on a course. This will route to an on-call cell phone and you will get a prompt return call as indicated by the message. Please be sure to leave your name, course, and call-back number if you are leaving a voicemail.
COVID Policies

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Course Life

Click here to read an example of a typical day on course and what you can do to be prepared

Application Paperwork

Once you submit your initial application, your COBS Course Advisor will send you an enrollment email that contains links to the forms we need you to complete and submit online

Altitude Illness

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Academic Credit and 529 Funds

Click here for college credit registration and instructions for how to use 529 college funds to pay for an Outward Bound course