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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

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. 

Ten Thousand Islands Sea Kayaking - Adult Renewal

Ages: 30+

Length: 7 days

Dates: Feb 7 - 13

In this day and age it is hard for individuals to find a moment to be introspective. This seven-day Florida sea kayaking course is specially designed to help adults rediscover themselves through challenge and remind them, ‘there is more in you than you know.’ 

Intercept Courses

Florida Canoeing for Struggling Teens and Young Adults

Course Length: 28 days

Ages: 16-20

Dates: Jan 12 - Feb 8, 2016

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!

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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