During this 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.
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North Carolina Outward Bound School's 50-day Instructor Development courses are designed to provide participants with the skills and experiences they need to begin a career in the outdoor experiential education industry. Outward Bound has trained many educators and offers a premier learning experience. By learning 'hands-on,' students will gain a better understanding of both the technical and teaching skills that will prepare them for an entry-level position as an outdoor or experiential education educator.
Alumni Blog: 50 days that changed my life
I was lost. I was no longer a child but I felt awkward in my new found adult-self. I felt uncertain of what my next steps in life should be and wanted some clarity. With some kind words of encouragement from a good friend, I reflected on the times in my life when I felt safe, happy, and flexible even when things were unclear. Those times all involved being in the woods alone with my thoughts, and days stretched out ahead of me without a true sense of time. That’s when I started to think about participating in an Outward Bound course; and not just any Outward Bound course, a 50-day expedition!
I was determined. I knew I needed time, and a lot of it. A long course scared me more than writing a thesis, not finding a job, or any other twenty-something problem. I wanted to be taken far away from my comfort zone and be challenged in ways that I never had been before. An extended course offered me this opportunity and I took it. Read more.