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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.


Teen Courses

Backpacking and Whitewater Canoeing

Course Length: 9-day

Ages: 16-18

Dates: August 17 - 24, 2015

During this course, students will spend most of their time backpacking over varied terrain but there will be ample breaks and time to enjoy the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and their company of the crew. There will also be a few days spend paddling through cool river rapids that break up the expedition days. In addition to learning new skills in backcountry travel and whitewater canoeing, participants will also develop confidence, teamwork and leadership skills while working together with their group to meet daily goals. 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. 

Blue Ridge Mountains Backpacking, Rock Climbing, and Whitewater Canoeing

Course Length: 14-day

Ages: 14-16

Dates: August 13 - 26, 2015

In the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests students will work together to make their way through lush forests, cook their own meals and set-up camp in the backcountry, navigate rivers by canoe, build trust belaying one another and learn Leave No Trace techniques to minimize theirimpact on the land. After long days of challenge and adventure, students will be rewarded with skills that will last a lifetime.

Struggling Teens and Young Adults

Florida Canoeing for Teens

Course Length: 20 days

Ages: 12-13

Dates: Augus 5 - 24, 2015

This Florida canoeing course is designed for struggling youth and their families. These courses help address behaviors such as unhealthy risk-taking, low motivation, defiance or poor school performance. Courses are presented as metaphors for the transition from childhood to adulthood and help teens connect their desire for more freedom with the reality that they must take on additional responsibility.

Florida Canoeing for Young Adults

Course Length: 28 days

Ages: 18-22

Dates: August 7 - September 3, 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.

International Courses

Blue Ridge Mountains to Florida to Patagonia

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. 

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