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Our at-risk youth expeditions offer unique programs to youth, families, schools, professional organizations and communities. Our programs are designed to target the factors that put today's youth at-risk for crime, violence, and substance abuse by teaching them to navigate through the challenges of the teen years, teaching them skills to ease the transition to adulthood, and helping them learn more about themselves.  The Outward Bound courses which are designed to meet the specific needs of this population are listed below.  


Wilderness expeditions offered for teens and young adults from across the United States who are beginning to demonstrate destructive behaviors.  Instructors of these courses facilitate 20-50 day wilderness expeditions, a component of which includes face-to-face meetings or phone calls with the parents.  Courses are offered for 12-13 year olds, 14-17 year olds, 18-22 year olds.

FINS (Families in Need of Services)

Wilderness expeditions for Florida at-risk youth aged 13-17 located in specific counties.  Instructors instruct a 20-day canoeing expedition and then facilitate a 10-day follow-up phase designed to help students transfer what they learned on the river to their home and school environments.

Click here to apply on-line to our At-Risk Internship:

Internship Overview

We are seeking enthusiastic, energetic, and dynamic outdoor educators and teachers interested in working seasonally or full time with at risk youth and young adults.
Outward Bound’s at risk programs located in Central and Southern Florida strive to inspire at-risk youth to remain crime free and stay in school to reach their full potential in education, community, career and life.
Our internship programs are designed to train and orient new staff that have an interest in full time or seasonal employment as an Outward Bound wilderness instructor. 

We offer 20 and 30 day wilderness canoe expeditions throughout Florida to youth and young adults who are at-risk of academic failure, dropping out of school, delinquency or becoming chronic offenders. 
The four month Internship is offered 3 times a year (January, May & August) and includes:
  • A 12 day expedition training for new staff 
  • 14 week internship with opportunities to instruct on 20 to 30 day wilderness canoe expeditions and/or spending time at base camps learning how expeditions operate behind the scenes with development opportunities to hone skills to become an Outward Bound instructor. 
College credit may be given as part of a field experience or internship requirement, a tuition fee may apply.
Knowledge and Skills
  • Minimum 21 years old
  • Interest in working with at risk youth populations
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Valid Drivers License
Education and Work Experience
  • Experience working with youth and/or at risk populations
  • Comfort in the outdoors and guiding others
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to running, swimming and canoeing
  • Ability to lift and move a minimum of 40 pounds.
  • Central and Southern Florida 
Compensation & Benefits
  • $500 per month stipend, plus room and board
  • Travel reimbursement between base camps
  • Gear Discounts




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