At Outward Bound, students learn experientially: while practicing expedition skills; in sunshine, rain, starlight, darkness and fog; while planning the next day, or reviewing the successes and challenges of the last; when the loads are heavy and the miles are long; and while reflecting on unforgettable experiences in the days, months or years after returning from the wilderness.
The positive outcomes our students’ experience—whether they are high school age, college age or adults—are increased self-awareness, resiliency, capacity for leadership, and desire to support and serve others. Strangers become lifelong friends. Struggles become learning, and successes become lifelong habits. Through shared challenges, adversity, failure, and success, students discover and develop new skills, confidence, and passion.
The setting of the wilderness expedition is perfect for learning. Everyone’s participation is needed and, at times, only your best effort will get the job done. 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 truly crew, not passengers.