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.

College Age Expeditions

Instructor Development

Course Length: 50 days

Ages: 18-30

Dates: Sept. 1 - Oct. 20, 2016

This 50-day 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. At every step of the journey, receive valuable feedback from peers and instructors that furthers your development as an outdoor educator, individual, teammate and leader. During the expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to earn college credit, Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and complete a service project. No prior experience is necessary.


Pathinder Backpacking, Climbing and Whitewater Canoeing

Length: 30 days

Ages: 18 - 25

Dates: 10/1 - 10/30

Our Pathfinder expeditions are designed for young adults who are searching for direction.  These 30-day expeditions help students explore their strengths and values, identify future goals and create an action plan for the future. Throughout the course, you’ll participate in life coaching sessions and structured goal-setting activities that help clarify priorities, strengthen character and define a new, self-directed path.



Course Length: 72 days

Ages: 18-30

Dates: Sept 15 - Nov 25, 2016

Embark on the journey of a lifetime on a tri-phase 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 Aid Certification!  

Adult Expeditions

Backpacking and Climbing Adult Renewal

Course Length: 8-day

Ages: 30+

Dates: 10/1 - 10/8

In our fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find a moment to be introspective. Backpack and climb in some of the oldest mountains in the world. Learn new skills in backcountry travel and climbing. Work together with your group to meet daily goals. Develop confidence, teamwork and leadership skills at every step of the way. During the journey, share life experiences with the group and participate in activities that encourage you to examine where you’ve been, where you are now and where you would like to go in life. For anyone at a transition point and seeking direction in life, this expedition is ideal.  

Intercept Expeditions

Florida Canoeing - Intercept

Length: 28-day

Ages: 14 - 17

Dates: 11/14 - 12/11

Presented as metaphors for the transition from childhood to adulthood, courses help teens connect their desire for more freedom with the reality that they must take on additional responsibility. Students experience the joys and challenges of canoe travel, camp craft and group dynamics while traveling in the unique ecosystems of Florida’s waterways. New activities, crewmates and environments help to break bad habits and coach students on discovering the next positive step in their lives. Led by instructors who are experts in risk management and masters of group facilitation, expeditions maintain a maximum 1:5 ratio of instructors to students. The course is comprised of a Wilderness Expedition, Debrief and Parent/Student seminar. Together these components focus on teamwork, communication, leadership skills, helping students practice positive decision-making, finding new strength/self-esteem and working to find new direction. 


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