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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Length: 8-day
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.
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. During this time, you will learn how to set up camp, lead your crew with a map and compass and how to safely travel in the backcountry. Crews will also spend a few days paddling where they will learn communication skills and how to work efficiently as a team.
Course Length: 4-days
A unique opportunity for a parent and their child to deepen their appreciation for one another and strengthen their bonds, this expedition is comprised of challenging wilderness activities like backpacking, orienteering, sleeping and eating in the backcountry and rock climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. As parents and children develop skills in camp craft, food preparation and cooking, knots and map and compass navigation, they create memories and metaphors of a shared adventure they will carry long into the future.
Course Length: 28 days
Geared specifically toward young men struggling with unhealthy risk-taking, low-motivation, defiance, anger and/or poor school performance, this course helps examine the decisions they’ve been making in their lives, and practice new ways of setting goals and connecting decisions with consequences. The goal is to help students find the leader within them. New activities, crewmates and environments help to break bad habits and coach students on discovering the next positive step in their lives.
Course Length: 14 days
This classic Outward Bound course will take over rocky mountain faces and through racing rivers. In the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, you and your crew work together to make their way through lush forests, cook their own meals, set up camp in the backcountry, navigate rivers by canoe, build trust belaying one another and learn Leave No Trace techniques to minimize your impact on the land. A