As such, we’ve designed our courses with the developmental needs and practical considerations of every age group in mind.
Middle School (12-13) - Middle school expeditions are typically shorter in duration – on average 10 days - and can be closer to home. These expeditions provide a supportive atmosphere of structured risk-taking, confidence-building and fun. Exposed to a variety of new experiences, students explore new levels of independence and learn to trust themselves and their peers. An exciting and empowering introduction to wilderness travel, these courses lay the framework for the next adventure on the Outward Bound continuum.
High School (14-17) - Longer high school expeditions – on average 16 days – foster personal responsibility as students take turns leading the crew and making informed, independent choices in wild surrounds. These courses are carefully structured to help students find and test their own limits, set realistic goals, and be involved in decision-making. As students make their way through the wilderness, they learn to honor the things that make each crew member unique, but also acknowledge the common ground the group shares.
College (18-30) - College expeditions, several of which span the globe, develop habits of autonomy, leadership, collaboration and reflection. Because they are longer than any other course type – on average 18 days – and because college-age students demonstrate a clear ability and desire to think for themselves, once the crew masters safety and technical skills, we often place the outcomes in their hands. Instructors take a life-centered approach, helping students think about the real-life relevance of lessons learned.
Adults (30+) - Our adult expeditions – from 4 to 12 days - build on pre-existing expertise, pushing students to refine and expand skills and ambitions. A way to refresh, recharge or find new direction, adult expeditions provide structured time for reflection, promote flexibility for a diverse crew of self-directed participants, and focus on real-world transference. Instructors strive to create an environment where adult students understand the “why” behind every step of the journey.
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