Outward Bound is the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. Regardless of who you are or where you are from, there is an Outward Bound course at an Outward Bound School that is right for you. Experience Outward Bound on one of our backpacking trips, mountaineering trips, whitewater rafting trips, canoeing trips, dog sledding expeditions, sailing trips and many other offerings.LEARN MORE
On an Intercept course, we ask our students to identify the difference between a consequence and a punishment. They identify that punishments are unfair and lead to more harm than good, and that consequences are inevitable, often put upon by their actions. By understanding the difference, students know what’s expected of them and what they will […]Read Post
How did an Outdoor Educator course and two scraps of paper lead to a business with a mission to alleviate loneliness? This is Audrey’s story. How It All Started Audrey was a recent college graduate when she signed up for the Oregon Outdoor Educator expedition in 2017. “I took the Outdoor Educator course and it […]Read Post
The best advice I’ve ever received? “Make sure you’re not taking advice from the wrong people. Know who your cheerleaders are and go to them if you need help.” When I first heard this, it struck a chord. I felt like I’d been taking advice from the wrong people–including people I love–for a long time. […]Read Post
Packing for a backpacking trip is a delicate task of balancing comfort and weight and often leads to numerous questions about what you actually need. Most people will become experts at this craft through years of adventures in the wilderness. I’ve done some contemplation while on the trail and came up with items that I think […]Read Post
In her book Rising Strong, researcher Brené Brown observes that a “tolerance for discomfort” is the common denominator between resilient people. Exercises provided below are aimed at improving your mental and physical tolerance for discomfort. First, let’s take a look at why discomfort is important for building a resilient mindset. The Key Word is Mental […]Read Post
A few weeks ago, I was standing in a circle with five dirt-covered adolescents just outside Marble, Colorado. With Aspen leaves still dripping from the early morning’s downpour, I told the students that the 15-day mountaineering course they had just completed was only the beginning of their journey. The challenges they tackled and insights they […]Read Post
The experience of helping a fellow man in danger, or even of training in a realistic manner to be ready to give this help, tends to change the balance of power in a youth's inner life with the result that compassion can become the master motive.