Featured Courses



At North Carolina Outward Bound School, we have something for everyone! Check out these upcoming featured courses and staff favorites. If you have questions about these courses or would like to enroll, please call us at (888) 756-2627 or email info@ncobs.org.

Adult Courses

Blue Ridge Mtns Backpacking and Rock Climbing

Length: 8-days

Ages: 30+

Dates: 5/5-5/12

On this expedition, backpack in the misty, cool, Blue Ridge Mountains. Breaking up those days on the trail will be time spent climbing rock faces, or rappelling down them. In addition to gaining experience traveling in some of the oldest mountains in the world, participants will build upon their confidence and leadership skills, meet people from all over the country and work with their team to meet daily goals. DISCOUNTED TUITION



Blue Ridge Mtns Backpacking, Climbing & Canoeing

Length: 28 days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 6/8-7/5

Discover what it’s like to live, work and play in the great outdoors of Western North Carolina on this classic, multi-activity leadership course. In the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, you and your crew will work together to make your way through lush forests, cook your own meals, set-up camp in the backcountry, navigate rushing mountain rivers by canoe, build trust belaying one another while rock climbing and learn Leave No Trace techniques to minimize your impact on the land. 

Teen Courses

Outer Banks Sea Kayaking

Length: 8 days

Ages: 16-18

Dates: 6/9-6/16

From tales of the Lost Colony and the Wright Brothers, to Blackbeard and others, the Outer Banks are steeped in legends and history, setting the stage for an amazing experience. You and your crew will travel along the Cape Lookout National Seashore, learn to read tide charts, paddle past lighthouses and wild ponies and camp on sandy beaches each evening. 



Blue Ridge Mtns Backpacking & Rock Climbing

Length: 14 days

Ages: 16-18

Dates: 6/9-6/22

The Blue Ridge Mountains are some of the oldest in the world and are home to hundreds of waterfalls, diverse flora and fauna, over a million acres of national forest, park and public land, unique rock formations and the highest peaks in the Eastern United States. During this course, you will backpack through temperate rainforests and wildflower fields, with ample breaks to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountain views. 

Middle School Courses

Florida Canoeing

Length: 9 days

Ages: 12-13

Dates: 6/16-6/24

This course is designed for younger teenagers with a thirst for adventure and a desire to grow into the best versions of themselves. Explore the central rivers of Florida by canoeing, traveling with all of the food and gear needed for all of your days of outdoor travel. 

Intercept Courses

Intercept Florida Canoeing

Ages 14-17: 6/5 - 7/2

Ages: 12-13: 6/6 - 6/25

Intercept courses are structured wilderness expeditions that help address behaviors such as unhealthy risk-taking, low self-image and motivation, defiance and poor decision-making and school performance. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the joys and challenges of expeditionary canoe travel, camp craft and group dynamics while traveling in the unique ecosystems of Florida’s waterways. 

Veterans Courses

Outer Banks Sea Kayaking

Length: 6 days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 5/17-5/22

Participants travel along the Cape Lookout National Seashore, learn to read tide charts, paddle past lighthouses and wild ponies and camp on sandy beaches each evening. Besides learning valuable hard skills, participants also have the opportunity to take a break from busy lives, to challenge themselves in new ways, to develop skills that will assist them in re-adjusting to life at home, and to discuss shared obstacles. 


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