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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 to enroll or enroll online.


Adult & College Age Courses

Appalachian Mountains Backpacking and Rock Climbing-Adult Renewal

Course Length: 8 days

Ages: 30+

Dates: May 10-May 17, 2014

Reconnect with yourself and nature through the challenge of backpacking and rock climbing through some of the oldest mountain in the world. Adult Renewal courses are perfect for those individuals who find themselves at a transition point in their lives or who are just feeling a hunger for insight. Current research shows that time spent in nature has positive impacts and this course is designed to maximize the benefits of our natural surroundings. 

Rock Climbing Intensive

Course Length: 9 days

Ages: 18+

Dates: June 12-20, 2014


For nearly 50 years, the climbing specialists at NCOBS have been teaching novice and advanced climbers to tackle technical climbs with respect, a thorough skill set, and an admiration for the environment. This course gives students the opportunity to continue in that tradition. 

Sea Kayaking in the Outer Banks

Course Length: 14 days

Ages: 18-30

Dates:June 13-26, 2014

Expedition by sea kayak along the 200 mile stretch of islands off the coast of North Carolina known as the Outer Banks. From tales of the Lost Colony, the Wright Brothers and Blackbeard the pirate, the Outer Banks is steeped in legends and history, setting the stage for an amazing experience.  This journey will have you camping on sandy beaches, paddling past lighthouses and watching wild ponies gallop along the coast. 

Teen Courses

Appalachian Mountains Backpacking and Whitewater Canoeing

Course Length: 9 days

Ages: 16-18

Dates: June 17-25, 2014

Tackle some of our nation’s finest whitewater river rapids in one of the oldest mountains ranges in the world and see where North Carolina Outward Bound School began! This journey will take you deep into Western North Carolina, 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.

Family Courses

Appalachian Mountains Backpacking and Rock Climbing-Parent/Child

Course Length: 4 days

Ages: 12+

Dates: June 12-15, 2014

Family courses offer the same challenges as any Outward Bound course, with an added focus on deepening the relationship between parent and child. On this course, you and your child will learn about teamwork, communication and respect as you accomplish things you never imagined.

Struggling Teens & Young Adults

Florida Intercept 18-22-year-olds

Course Length: 28-days    

Ages: 18-22

Dates: May 2-29, 2014

Intercept is a special program for Outward Bound. It is designed to serve teens and their families by helping them 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 designed to help teens connect their desire for more freedom with the reality that they must take on additional responsibility. Throughout this 28-day canoeing course students will be introduced to the joys and challenges of expeditionary travel, camp craft and group dynamics while traveling on the unique river systems of central Florida that head out to the Intercostal Waterway on the Atlantic Ocean. 

International Courses

Appalachian Mountains, Central Florida, Patagonia Semester/Gap Year (Fall)

Course Length: 72

Ages: 18-30

Course Number: NNGL-481

Dates: Sept. 15, 2014 - Nov. 25, 2014

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 Patagonia. 

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