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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

Florida Ten Thousand Islands Sea Kayaking 

Course Length: 7 days

Ages: 18+

Dates: March 15-21, 2015

This seven-day sea kayaking expedition will take students through a maze of lush mangrove tunnels in a land of contrast: between tropic and 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. 


Blue Ridge Mountains Backpacking and Rock Climbing

Course Length: 4 days

Ages: 23+

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. 

Struggling Teens and Young Adults

Florida Canoeing for Young Adults

Course Lenth: 28 days

Ages: 16-20  

Dates: March 17-April 13

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.

International Courses

Blue Ridge Mountains to Florida to Patagonia

Course Length: 72

Ages: 18-30

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!

Veterans Courses

Atlanta-Metro Area Veterans Course

Course Length: 6 days

Dates: May 16-21, 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.

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