An essential component of the Enduring ImpactCampaign, the Field Staff Support Fund will establish a permanent endowment to support, preserve and protect the School’s greatest asset—our field instructors.
NCOBS field staff must possess a wide range of skills to work in our diverse course areas with the many populations we serve. With the program expansion enabled by the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund— particularly for veterans, educational partners, urban youth and struggling teens and young adults—we must invest more to ensure the highest caliber of instructors. A pool of qualified lead instructors is essential to maintaining program safety and quality, financial stability, and a healthy and vibrant base camp culture.
Staff retention is a system-wide issue for Outward Bound schools in the United States, but at NCOBS, because of our standing as the largest School and our reputation as one of the best places in outdoor education to work, we believe we can promote a culture which catalyzes growth into the Lead Instructor position and rewards longevity of service in it. If we provide continual learning opportunities for staff that stretch them in meaningful ways and equip them with lifelong career skills, they will be inclined to remain working with us for more of their early and mid-career years.
Expenditures from the Field Staff Support Fund Endowment will vary according to the needs and challenges of our instructors at the time. To ensure flexible response to these needs, a Field Staff Support Fund Committee will make annual funding recommendations to the Board of Directors during the budgeting process. This committee, which will include representatives from the Board, Town Office, the base camps and the field, will be responsible both for recommending which field staff support initiatives to fund, and for evaluating the success of these initiatives according to predetermined metrics, including length of service and overall job satisfaction.
Seven Laws of Salem
NCOBS will faithfully and intentionally steward the proceeds from the Field Staff Support Fund, by choosing recipients with leadership potential whose instructional philosophy and practice remain aligned with the teachings of Kurt Hahn as reflected in the Seven Laws of Salem:
Give students the opportunity for self-discovery
Make students meet with triumph and defeat
Give students the opportunity of self-effacement in the common cause
Provide periods of silence
Train the imagination
Make games (i.e., competition) important but not predominant
Free the sons and daughters of the wealthy and powerful from the enervating sense of privilege
Support Our Greatest Asset
Make a donation to The Field Staff Support Fund today!
North Carolina Outward Bound School is a registered 501(c)(3). Contributions are therefore tax-deductible to the full extent provided by the law. Financial information about North Carolina Outward Bound School is available from the NC State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (919) 733-4150.