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Challenge. Adventure. Camaraderie.

Veterans and Service Members Backpacking and Rock Climbing  - October 2011

For over 20 years, Outward Bound has run wilderness expeditions specifically designed for war veterans. Outward Bound draws on the healing benefit of team work, challenge, friendship and the natural world, to help with transitions back into life at home whether you have retired from the military or are home between deployments.

Now, through generous funding, this tremendous opportunity for adventure, challenge and self-discovery is available TUITION FREE* to Veterans and Service Members!

These programs are designed to be fun, fast and challenging. They are suited for those in good physical condition and are opportunities for Veterans and Service Members to:

  • Take a break from their busy lives
  • Challenge themselves in new ways
  • Develop skills that will assist them in re-adjusting to life at home
  • Candidly discuss obstacles faced by Veterans and Service Members  
  • Rediscover their physical and emotional strengths
  • Enjoy a unique and inspiring adventure surrounded by fellow Veterans and Service Members in the beauty of the country for which they have served.

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VIDEO: Hear what Veterans and Service Members have to say about Outward Bound! See some highlights of Veterans and Service Members Blue Ridge Mountains Backpacking and Rock Climbing course NVT111. Video shot by the PAO at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina.


VIDEO: Hear what participants have to say about their veterans course with North Carolina Outward Bound. This video was shot with crew NVT124 7/4-7/9/12. 





NEWS ARTICLE: An Incredible Source of Healing: Andy with Veteran’s Outward Bound Sea Kayaking Course, Outer Banks North Carolina, May 14 -20, 2013 - Veteran Andy Quinn, USMC, Retired writes about his experience on course. 







For more information about these programs contact the Veterans and Service Members Program Manager, Matthew Rosky, by calling 1-866-699-6262 or by e-mail with “Veterans and Service Members Program” in the subject line at mrosky@ncobs.org.

Veteran Course Offerings

Atlanta-Metro Area Veterans and Service Members Blue Ridge Mountains Backpacking and Rock Climbing

Create bonds and lasting friendships with fellow Veterans and Service Members in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Your crew of eight to twelve Veterans and Service Members offer support and encouragement, and find laughter in the great adventure of Outward Bound! Celebrate success from high atop a mountain, test balance on a high ropes course, and reconnect with your inner strength and joy! This wilderness experience is six days long and participants learn many skills including map and compass navigation, backcountry camp craft, Leave No Trace ethics and the natural history of the Southern Appalachians. 

In addition to being challenged physically, you and your fellow OEF/OIF/OND Veterans will have an opportunity to reconnect with your inner strength and discuss your transition from military to civilian life in some of the most beautiful wilderness in the country you have served.


Available Courses

NTVA521 - March 16-21, 2015

NCVE521 - May 16-21, 2015


These courses are restricted to veterans from the Atlanta-Metro Area.


Veterans and Service Members Everglades/Ten Thousand Islands Coastal Canoeing

Available Courses

NEVC422  - Decemebr 12-17, 2014

NEVC521 - January 4-9, 2015

NEVC522 - February 11-16, 2015

NEVC523 - February 21-26, 2015

NEVC524 - March 11-16, 2015

NEVC525 - March 22-27, 2015


Veterans and Service Members Blue Ridge Mountains Backpacking and Rock Climbing

Available Courses

NNVA423 - October 13 - October 18, 2014


Veterans and Service Members Outer Banks Sea Kayaking

Available Courses



*COMMITMENT FEE: The tuition expense for our Veterans and Service Members Programs are fully funded by several generous donors. These anonymous donors believe that investing money in an Outward Bound experience for our veterans and service members honors their service to our country. Short notice cancellations deplete the funds that have been so generously provided by our donors.

 Veterans and Service members must place a credit card number on file at the time of their enrollment. Veterans and Service Members will be charged a $250 Cancellation Fee Penalty ONLY if they cancel 30 days or less prior to their program start. If a Service Member is on active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserves, and receives orders to deploy the Cancellation Fee will be waived.

TRAVEL COSTS: North Carolina Outward Bound covers the cost of Veterans and Service Members travel to and from course. If a plane ticket is required we will book the ticket in the Veteran or Service Members name upon approval of their medical forms. If the Veteran or Service Member cancels their attendance after purchase of the plane ticket North Carolina Outward will charge the credit card on file for the cost of the plane ticket.

If the Veteran or Service Member is driving from a point more than 100 miles from the start location of a program, you will be reimbursed for your gas and parking expenses.

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