The Outward Bound Intercept Program offers year-round wilderness programs for young people struggling with destructive behaviors.
These expeditions take students out of their everyday routines and into unfamiliar territory. While stepping outside their comfort zones participants learn important skills for success such as, leadership and communication skills that further instill confidence and self-reliance. Together these components focus on: teamwork, communication, leadership skills and helping teens practice making positive decisions, finding new strength/self-esteem and working to find new directions and to create a path to a brighter future.
Who Are These Programs For?
These specialized courses are designed to help troubled teens ages 12-20 wanting to transition their lives in more meaningful and positive directions. It is designed to help with:
Chronically poor school performance
Anger management issues
Risky behaviors such as experimenting with drugs or alcohol, or sneaking out.
This program is NOT for teens/young adults with:
A history of violent behavior
Recent suicide attempts
Serious eating disorders
Chronic juvenile offenses.
What can we expect from these courses?
Wilderness Expedition: During this portion of the course students will tackle personal and mental challenges such as rock climbing or paddling. These experience will help teach students important skills for working with others and managing emotions. Coupled with challenging learning experiences that teach self-reliance and perseverance, is a service project in the community that teaches students compassion and how to care for others and the environment around them. With a 1:4 average student to instructor ratio, instructors work individually with students to make solid self-assessments and set achievable goals. Students will also complete a solo for a period of time in which they will be able to rest and reflect on their upcoming transition home.
Parent-Student Seminar: Together, parents and students will participate in a 2-3 day intensive seminar that focuses on transitioning newly acquired skills from the program back into everyday life. With an instructor, families will each create a new agreement to guide life once they are back at home. Parents ARE required to be present at this seminar.
Outward Bound does not expect students to be highly motivated to embark on an Struggling Youth/Young Adult Wilderness Program. We are not, however, an incarceration program or boot camp. We require that all students agree to participate and follow our rules. Outward Bound works hard to encourage full participation from all individuals, so while we make every attempt to keep motivation high, if students are not willing to complete the program or are determined to leave course, we will not keep them against their will.
Alumni Blog: Outward Bound and Inward Reflection
See, everyone attending my course had a personal struggle of some sort. Mine was issues at school and behavior at home. It was up to our four instructors to guide us out of the negative pathway our lives were headed in through a combination of conversation and physical challenges that come hand-in-hand with the course. While doing that, they taught us life skills I’ll always hold on to. For example, time management. Every task had a “time goal.” We had two minutes to get our nighttime attire on, 45 minutes to set up our campsite. This made even the simplest of tasks seem urgent. I apply this to my life now, and I cannot remember the last time it took me more than 15 minutes to get ready for school in the morning. > Read the rest of this story.
Your strengths through challenging outdoor experiences.