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 Expeditions

Florida Canoeing

Course Length: 8-day

Ages: 12-13

Dates: 6/10-6/18

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.



Backpacking and Rock Climbing

Length: 14-days

Ages: 14-16

Dates: 7/29 - 8/11

Journey deep into some of the oldest mountains in the world on this backpacking and climbing course. These mountains are 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. You and your crew will backpack over varied terrain, with ample breaks to enjoy the views and the company of your crew. Spend several days rock climbing – a portion of the course that helps to break up the on-foot expedition days. As you work together with your crew to meet daily goals, learn new skills in backcountry travel and climbing and develop confidence, teamwork and leadership abilities for the future.



Backpacking and Whitewater Canoeing

Length: 14-days

Ages: 14-16

Dates: 8/5 - 8/15

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.

Intercept Expeditions

Intercept Florida Canoeing for Boys

Course Length: 28 days

Ages: 14-17

Dates: 7/25-8/21

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.

Adult Expeditions

Backpacking and Rock Climbing

Course Length: 8 days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 8/1 - 8/8

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

Instructor Development Expedition

Blue Ridge Mountains Instructor Development

Length: 50-days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 9/1 - 10/20

This outdoor education 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. During the expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to earn college credit, Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and complete a service project.


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