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Outward Bound Atlanta

Outward Bound Atlanta Overview

Outward Bound Atlanta (OBA) is an extension of North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) and was established in 1990. It challenges people to build confidence, compassion and community by focusing on urban-based high and low ropes courses and initiatives. Outward Bound Atlanta works with schools, non-profits, community organizations and corporations in the Metro Atlanta area and can design programs to fit a number of needs. 


Team- Team courses are character development initiatives that teach participants to communicate more effectively, accept others and make positive choices. Team usually takes about three hours to complete and can be held in many different locations. 

Traverse- Traverse offers an opportunity to complete a low ropes challenge day on the Odyssey Ropes Course at the New Schools at Carver. This program challenges participants to work collaboratively, practicing skills like effective communication, critical thinking and problem-solving. Traverse courses take about four hours to complete.

Odyssey- Odyssey programs offer a high ropes course challenge, giving participants the chance to take their leadership skills to new heights. Participants engage in a series of trust-building activities that strengthen their ability to work collectively while supporting each other through the Odyssey High Ropes Course at Carver. Through this program, individuals also discover the benefits of healthy risk-taking, which is an essential skill for success. This course takes about five hours to complete. 

Leadership Club- The Outward Bound Leadership Club is a year-long service-learning program that enhances participants' experience through the development of community service projects and conversation around the Outward Bound principles. These meetings usually happen bi-weekly and can be designed to fit a number of client’s needs. 

Wilderness- Wilderness expeditions, run through the parent organization, NCOBS, will send you outdoors on an expedition to find your inner strength. These programs lend themselves to self-discovery and team building in unfamiliar territory. Wilderness courses come in a variety of lengths and can be held at any of our basecamps in North Carolina, Florida or Patagonia.

Outward Bound Atlanta Clients

Outward Bound Atlanta (OBA) works with a variety of clients in the Metro Atlanta area. From schools to educators and corporations, OBA offers a variety of programs and initiatives that focus on developing leadership, team skills, effective communication and trust.

School Programs

Outward Bound Atlanta works with local school districts to help transform student leadership. We actively engage students, both inside and outside their schools, and focus on key periods of transition and decision-making in students' lives-- from elementary to middle school years and the first year of high school. Through our courses students learn to ask for and give help, the value of perseverance and struggle, and the importance of facing challenges and overcoming fears. Read more about our school programs.


Professional Development

Whether in the wilderness, on a ropes course or in the boardroom, Outward Bound Atlanta and North Carolina Outward Bound School can help improve your organization’s performance through leadership, team skills, effective communication and trust. Outward Bound Professional annually serves more than 7,000 individuals and 400 corporate, non-profit and government organizations, helping them achieve more than they ever thought possible. Read more about Professional Development Programs. 




Across the nation educators and administrators are recognizing that traditional education does not entirely meet all the needs of today's students. Traditional high school curricula often lack challenge and relevance to life experience and career goals. Outward Bound offers an effective combination of experiential education and educational methodology currently used in classrooms throughout the country. We work with educators to ensure that they have the tools they need to support students' progress, develop students' skills and build their confidence. Read more about Educator Programs. 



Wilderness Courses

Outward Bound Atlanta also offers wilderness expeditions through its parent organization, NCOBS. A wilderness course will send you into the great outdoors to find your inner strength. Our commitment to safety, authenticity and leadership development are second to none. During a wilderness course participants learn self-reliance, dicipline, compassion and how to work with one another as a team. Learn more about Wilderness Programs. 


Client Lists

Youth Programs

Atlanta Public Schools

Breakthrough Atlanta

Communities in Schools of Atlanta

Decatur City Schools

DeKalb County Public Schools

Fulton County Public Schools

Jumpstart to Success Summer Academy

KIPP South Fulton Academy

The Lovett School

Odyssey Atlanta

Oglethorpe University

The Posse Foundation

Project GRAD

Spelman College

The Westminster Schools    


Corporate Programs

Alston + Bird

American Express

Arnall, Golden, Gregory


Bank of America

Cox Enterprises


Harvard Business School

Hewlett Packard

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Jackmont HospitalityKing & Spalding

L.L. Bean

Leadership Atlanta

Locke, Lord, Bissell & Liddell

Marriott Corporation

Morris, Manning & Martin


Smith, Gambrell & Russell

The Home Depot

Troutman Sanders

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