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Featured Courses 

At North Carolina Outward Bound School, we have something for everyone! Check out these upcoming featured courses and staff favorites. Call us toll free at 888-756-2627 or enroll online.


Adult Courses

Blue Ridge Mountains Backpacking and Rock Climbing

Course Length: 8 days

Ages: 30+

Dates: Oct 3 - 10, 2015

In this day and age it is hard for individuals to find a moment to be introspective. This eight-day backpacking and rock climbing course is specially designed to help adults rediscover themselves through challenge and remind them, ‘there is more in you then they know.’ 

Students will backpack for four days and will spend as many as two days rock climbing depending on the weather. In addition to gaining experience in some of the oldest mountains in the world and learning new skills in backcountry travel and climbing, participants will also develop confidence, teamwork and leadership skills while working together with their group to meet daily goals.

Blue Ridge Mountains Backpacking and Rock Climbing

Course Length: 4 days

Ages: 23+

Dates: Oct 15 - 18, 2015

Participants will journey deep into the mountains of Western North Carolina on this backpacking and rock climbing expedition. These mountains are some of the oldest in the world and home to hundreds of waterfalls, over a million acres of national forest, park and public land, unique rock formations and the highest peaks in the Eastern United States.

International Courses

Blue Ridge Mountains to Florida to Patagonia - Gap Year

Course Length: 72

Ages: 18-30

Dates: Sept. 15 - Nov 23, 2015

Embark on the journey of a lifetime on a 72-day Semester Course. Rock climb in the majestic mountains of North Carolina, journey by river through the canopied forests and barrier islands of Florida and finish your journey summiting peaks in South America's Patagonia. Students can even earn their Wilderness First Responder Certification!

Backpacking and Service in Patagonia

Course Length: 12 days

Ages: 18+

Dates: December 28 - January 8, 2015

This 14-day Patagonia Service and Backpacking course is a unique expedition that combines the adventure of backpacking in the Andesand the cross-cultural experience of working alongside indigenous populations to complete service projects. During this course participants will learn about traveling in the varied terrain of the oldest national park in Argentina, the Nahuel Huapi. Here they will hike past volcanic rocks, deep, clear lakes, and flora and fauna of a temperate forest. While expeditioning the crew will learn outdoor travel skills like cooking in the backcountry, setting-up camp, Leave No Trace principles and safety techniques. 

Instructor Courses

Blue Ridge Mountains Instructor Development Course

Course Length: 50 days

Ages: 18+

Dates: Sept 1 - Oct 20, 2015

During this 50-day course students will be learning the technical skills of expeditioning in the Blue Ridge Mountains, cooking and setting-up camp in the backcountry, using a map and compass, rock climbing and rappelling and navigating class I-III rapids. This course is broken down into three phases: Immersion, Skill Development and Wilderness First Responder. It also provides students with the opportunity to earn college credit, their Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and complete a service project. No prior experience is necessary. Participants just have to be willing to dig deep, embrace the moment, and tackle the challenge. Financial aid and academic credit is available for many courses. 


Struggling Teens and Young Adults

Florida Canoeing for Young Adults

Course Length: 28 days

Ages: 18-24

Dates: Sept 4 - Oct 1, 2015

Throughout the course students will be introduced to the joys and challenges of expeditionary canoe travel, camp craft and group dynamics while traveling in the unique ecosystems of Florida’s waterways. These new activities, crewmates and environments help to break bad habits and patterns as well as coach students on discovering the next positive step in their lives.

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