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Course Length: 4 days
Dates: April 16-19, 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 the company of the crew. This course also allows for a rock climbing portion that helps to break up the on-foot expedition days. In addition to learning new skills in backcountry travel and climbing, 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.
Course Length: 8 days
Dates: May 9 - 16, 2015
Students will backpack for four days and will spend as many as two days rock climbing depending on the weather. During the course, instructors will facilitate the sharing of life experiences amongst the group and craft course activities in ways that offer opportunities for students to examine where they’ve been, where they are now and where they would like to go in life. Adult Renewal courses are perfect for those individuals who find themselves at a transition point in their lives and need some direction.
Course Length: 4 days
Dates: April 16 - 19, 2015
The world is a big place for today’s youth. This specially designed Outward Bound course can help them navigate the tough road from adolescence to adulthood with the support of their families. This is 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 wilderness activities like backpacking, map and compass reading, sleeping and eating in the backcountry and rock climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The memories and metaphors of a shared adventure will carry on long into the future as parent and child further develops their relationship.
Course Length: 9 days
Dates: June 8 - 16, 2015
Students will be backpacking in Pisgah National Forest where they will learn safety precautions for backcountry foot travel, how to find campsites, how to navigate varied terrain, how to use a map and compass, as well as how to do these activities responsibly using Leave No Trace principles.After having backpacked for a few days, students will spend a few days either climbing up a rock face or rappelling down one. Depending on weather and group dynamics, the crew may even have the opportunity to experience a high ropes obstacle course. These activities will push students to step outside their comfort zones to communicate and trust one another.
Struggling Teens and Young Adults
Course Lenth: 28 days
Dates: May 1 - 28, 2015
Intercept is a special program for Outward Bound. It is designed to serve young adults age 16-20 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 to adulthood and designed to help young adults connect their desire for more freedom with the reality that they must take on additional responsibility.
Course Length: 72
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!
Course Length: 6 days
Dates: May 21-26, 2015
This six-day backpacking and rock climbing course for Atlanta-area veterans will take participants deep into the mountains of Western North Carolina. 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.