Featured Courses



At North Carolina Outward Bound School, we have something for everyone! Check out these upcoming featured courses and staff favorites. If you have questions about these courses or would like to enroll, please call us at (888) 756-2627 or email info@ncobs.org.

Teen Epeditions

Blue Ridge Mtns Backpacking, Rock Climbing & Whitewater Canoeing

Course Length: 22 days

Ages: 16-18

Dates: 7/1 - 7/22, 2016

Travel with a crew through lush forests, cook your own meals, set up camp in the backcountry, navigate rivers by canoe and learn Leave No Trace techniques to minimize your impact on the land. After long days of challenge and adventure, you’ll be rewarded with skills that last a lifetime. Enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the company of your crew as you backpack over varied terrain, climb rock faces and paddle down cool mountain whitewater.


Blue Ridge Mtns Backpacking & Whitewater Canoeing

Length: 14 day

Ages: 14-16

Dates: 7/6 - 7/14

Learn whitewater canoeing and backpacking skills as you and your crew explore the Western North Carolina region - home to hundreds of waterfalls, over a million acres of national forest, park and public land, roaring rivers and the highest peaks in the eastern United States. Spend most of the course backpacking over varied terrain, with plenty of breaks along the way to enjoy the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the company of your crew.



Florida Canoeing

Length: 9 days

Ages: 12-13

Dates: 7/13 - 7/21

Depart from base on the first day of the course with all of the food and gear needed for extended outdoor travel, then expedition by canoe through the central rivers of Florida, returning to base on the last day of course. Paddle through small, winding canoe trails as well as larger rivers and lakes, and camp in a variety of environments - from hardwood hammock forests to barrier islands. As you move to new campsites each day, you’ll have the chance to encounter some of the region’s abundant wildlife, including manatees, dolphins and other marine creatures. 

Adult Expeditions

Outer Banks Sea Kayaking

Course Length: 8-days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 7/11 - 7/18

From tales of the Lost Colony and the Wright Brothers to Blackbeard the pirate, the Outer Banks are steeped in legends and history, setting the stage for a fascinating natural adventure. Travel along the Cape Lookout National Seashore; learn to read tide charts; paddle past lighthouses and wild ponies; and camp on sandy beaches each evening. Rise to the physical and mental challenges of sea kayaking in varied weather and living and traveling in a group. Discover your true potential at every step as you build trust, physical fitness, confidence, leadership skills, initiative and compassion. 

Intercept Expeditions

Florida Canoeing - Intercept

Length: 28-day

Ages: 14-17

Dates: 7/19 - 8/15

Presented as metaphors for the transition from childhood to adulthood, courses help teens connect their desire for more freedom with the reality that they must take on additional responsibility. Students experience the joys and challenges of canoe travel, camp craft and group dynamics while traveling in the unique ecosystems of Florida’s waterways. New activities, crewmates and environments help to break bad habits and coach students on discovering the next positive step in their lives. Led by instructors who are experts in risk management and masters of group facilitation, expeditions maintain a maximum 1:5 ratio of instructors to students. The course is comprised of a Wilderness Expedition, Debrief and Parent/Student seminar. Together these components focus on teamwork, communication, leadership skills, helping students practice positive decision-making, finding new strength/self-esteem and working to find new direction. 

College Age Expeditions

Instructor Development

Course Length: 50 days

Ages: 18-30

Dates: Sept. 1 - Oct. 20, 2016

This 50-day expedition is your opportunity to take part in hands-on learning and gain a keen understanding of the technical and teaching skills you’ll need for a career as an outdoor educator. Learn to cook and set up camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains backcountry, orienteer, rock climb, rappel and navigate class I-III rapids. At every step of the journey, receive valuable feedback from peers and instructors that furthers your development as an outdoor educator, individual, teammate and leader. During the expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to earn college credit, Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and complete a service project. No prior experience is necessary.



Course Length: 72 days

Ages: 18-30

Dates: Sept 15 - Nov 25, 2016

Embark on the journey of a lifetime on a tri-phase 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 Aid Certification!  


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