Sometimes the best classroom isn’t a classroom at all. It’s a wide open space. A deep forest. A roiling sea. This is your chance to test yourself as a leader. And to finish the journey with a new appreciation for yourself, your world, and the community around you.
Classic-style courses are the original Outward Bound program. These expeditions are based in the outdoors and teach students technical skills like, navigation, camp craft, the basics of backpacking or rock climbing and much more. As students learn these skills in challenging situations, they also learn the value of teamwork, compassion for others and the pursuit of excellence.
Designed for students aged 18+, our Classic college expeditions are centered on success and failure; challenge and change. Alongside a crew of committed peers, students gain hands-on experience in leadership, service and excellence – skills that invariably translate to success in the classroom, in the field or in a future career.
Alumni Blog: The Sound of Solitude
How often do we get the opportunity to be alone with ourselves? Even when we are physically alone, the presence of technology is never far from our fingertips. We have access to endless modes of contact, constant streams of information. There are plenty of distractions to be found in our day to day. We can let our eyes glaze over, fixated upon a screen, or keep so busy that we hardly have time to look within. We can avoid the hard questions, such as “what is my purpose?” or “am I happy with who I have become?”. Left alone in a shelter I built on my solo portion of course, with nothing but a notebook and the open air to breathe, there was no turning away. I found myself reflecting on what life will look like on the other side of course. The growth I’d been experiencing and the lessons I’d been learning would not allow for things to be the same as they were when I left them. There was a great responsibility hovering over me to show up as the person I have become. Outward Bound introduced me to a strength within me I had never met before. Looking out into Pisgah National Forest, deafened by the silence of my own solitude, I recognized what I am capable of. This new knowledge redefined the standards to hold myself to.
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