Unlike summer camp, we are an expeditionary school.
We use challenge and adventure in the backcountry to teach lessons that you won’t learn in a classroom. Here are some of the skills we will teach:
On an Outward Bound expedition, we are a crew, not passengers. You will support your fellow crew mates as you share challenges and victories. Your crew becomes a critical piece of your experience while on course, and beyond! Think about other team experiences you may have had in the past – sports, school plays or at work. Remember what helped your team be successful. Plan on being a positive contributor during your course.
Compassion is a pillar on which our school was built. Compassion can be shown in kind, thoughtful actions and can be practiced during course through active listening and understanding of other perspectives. You may find that you need to make compromises as you support other members of your team. It is always important to remember that your attitude and actions affect those around you.
Group Sharing & Communication
Your instructors will lead group discussions as you debrief each day’s events. Through coaching from your instructors, your group will practice positive communication and conflict resolution techniques. These skills help your group maintain respect for individual opinions no matter how they may differ. Hopefully, these lessons will extend to your everyday life. Be prepared to share your perspective and gain insight from others during these discussions.
Living with Less
You will be carrying everything you need in your backpack and hiking for several miles a day. Thats why you will be leaving behind non-essentials items like deodorant, makeup, and electronic devices. Learning to live without these items will help you to be present in the moment and appreciate what you have at home.
Being Away from Home
Whether it is the first or the 20th time you have been away from home, you might not have been this “out of touch.” Don’t be surprised if you feel homesick at some point during your course. Please use your instructors and teammates as resources for support. Worried about getting homesick? Bring a letter from a loved one to read whenever you’re feeling down. More resources for homesickness.