Outward Bound: Finding Personal Limits
The Outward Bound program exposes adolescents to new and demanding situations while enhancing their abilities to meet demands and to act positively beyond their perceived personal limits. From the beginning, students are challenged mentally and physically to do things they never thought possible. Confidence and self-esteem develop as students learn the skills of wilderness living, such as canoeing, camp craft, first aid, and navigation. Students learn that, in order for the expedition to proceed, cooperation among participants is needed; group decision-making and problem-solving skills are learned and responsible behaviors are fostered.
What is Required of Parents?
Parental support and interaction play a crucial role in the success of the program. Through parent education meetings, family behavioral contracts and frequent family sessions, both parents and students develop more effective communications and coping skills. Only students in the following counties are served in Key Largo; Monroe, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward.
Parents are required to:
- Provide transportation to and from the program site.
- Attend two meetings, one on course start day and one on wilderness end day.
- Write 3 letters to their child while on course.
- Participate in a mediation session.
- Participate in home visits during the follow-up phase.
- For more information, please read our frequently asked questions.
Outward Bound instructors are skilled at safely leading groups of troubled adolescents on wilderness expeditions. Instructors advise the individual student as issues arise and provide expertise in problem solving.
Key Largo FINS Application & Forms
The following paperwork is needed before starting the 20-day wilderness expedition.
Please print and return to the Intake Coordinator, as requested.
- Program Description
- Applicant Letter
- Application Packet
- Medical Application
- Counseling Questionnaire
- Directions to North Carolina Outward Bound
- Required Clothing & Gear List
Outward Bound-Key Largo
Wanda Roberts, Intake Coordinator
100693 Overseas Highway
Key Largo FL 33037