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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: 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.

Ten Thousand Islands Sea Kayaking

Ages: 18+

Length: 7 days

Dates: Dec 28 - Jan 3

This seven-day sea kayaking expedition will take students through a maze of lush mangrove tunnels in a land of contrast: between tropicand semi-tropic, land and sea, and salt and fresh water. Participants will work together as they learn to read tide charts and maps, explore fragile and unique ecosystems, cook and set-up camp on white sandy beaches under the stars, carry their own food and gear and paddle to new areas each day within the Ten Thousand Islands in Southern Florida. Students will also learn about what makes the Everglades famous worldwide, the environmental value the area adds, and how we can better take care of it. 

Family Courses

Ten Thousand Islands Canoeing for Families

Course Length: 4 days

Ages: 12+

Dates: Dec 28 - 31

This four-day course provides a unique opportunity for a parent and their child to deepen their appreciation for one another and strengthen their bonds with the help of challenging and unique wilderness activities like canoeing, chart reading, and sleeping and eating on white sandy beaches under a blanket of stars in the Ten Thousand Islands of Southern Florida. The memories and metaphors of a shared adventure will carry on long into the future as parent and child further develops their relationship. 

Intercept Courses

Florida Canoeing for Struggling Teens

Course Length: 28 days

Ages: 14-17

Dates: Nov 10 - April 4, 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.

International Courses

Blue Ridge Mountains to Florida to Patagonia - Gap Year

Course Length: 72

Ages: 18-30

Dates: Jan 22 - April 3, 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: March 9 - April 27, 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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