As someone who's completed a North Carolina Outward Bound School expedition, you can count yourself among a special group of people who have pushed themselves far beyond what they ever thought possible. We hope the experiences you had while on your journey were valuable to you and will last a life time. Below are the stories shared from your fellow Outward Bounders. Make sure you add your own!
Michael on Outward Bound the summer after high school, 1980's
Group Shot, 1971
Sea Kayaking Course in the Outer Banks, 2004, Rebecca
First Course for Women at NCOBS, 1971
NC-51 Crew, Pat Peterson, 1973
Brad on Solo at Sitting Bear, 1971
Three Week Course, 1972
I was just 16 and had led a very sheltered life when I came to North Carolina for an experience that changed me in so many ways. Now I am 60 and I still tell people about the lessons I learned during that short time so many years ago. It's even on my resume! Were there times when I was wet and miserable, in pain, hungry and unhappy? Sure. But, I managed those and still do, thanks to my experience in NCOBS. I learned about teamwork, empathy, how to put others first, how to wing it if you don't have what you need, how to understand others who are very different from you and how to speak up. I learned how important duct tape is. I learned more about caring for people who struggle and about how crucial it is to listen. I am so grateful for the memories and the lessons learned. Thank you!
Women's Intensive, 1988
Our crew shared the risks and adventures expected, but we were to endure more: the subsequent murder of one of our crewmates. We gathered at my home for her funeral and celebration of her life. Two years later I was diagnosed with an incurable and chronic disease, Progressive MS. I had raised my children almost single-handedly, as my then husband had MS. That marriage ended and off I went with two teenaged children. They are happy in their own lives, I have remarried and now run a garden designed for the physically challenged, free of charge. Getting around on a golf cart for my outside chores, earning a certification as a Master Gardener, organizing a group of volunteers has taught me that sheer determination can and will earn one the privilege of experiencing life's challenges with a good heart, a willingness to accept what comes our way - all without yielding - thanks to NCOBS.
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