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.

Pathfinder Expeditions

Pathfinder Blue Ridge Mountains Backpacking and Rock Climbing to Florida Canoeing

Length: 30-days

Ages: 18-25

Dates: 11/13-12/12

Your adventure begins as you discover what it is like to work, live, and travel in the great outdoors as part of a group. The Blue Ridge Mountains are some of the oldest in the world; and beyond the rainforest-like flora and fauna and epic waterfalls and vistas, you will find life-long lessons. From there, your crew will switch gears and locations as you journey on to the rivers of Central Florida where winding canoe trails, grazing manatees and crimson sunsets set the stage in this sub-tropic region.


Adult Courses

10,000 Islands Sea Kayaking

Length: 7-days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 12/28 - 1/3

Traveling by kayak means your crew carries all of the necessary gear, food and water needed for the entire expedition. This kind of travel provides the ultimate freedom and ability to travel nimbly through this diverse ecosystem. Work together with your crew to learn to read tide charts and maps, explore fragile and unique ecosystems and cook and set up camp on white sandy beaches under the stars.

International Courses

Patagonia Backpacking and Service

Length: 12-days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 12/27 - 1/7

This 12-day expedition combines the adventure of backpacking in the Andes and the cross-cultural experience of working alongside indigenous populations to complete service projects. Learn how to travel in the varied terrain of the oldest national park in Argentina, the Nahuel Huapi. Hike past volcanic rocks, deep, clear lakes and the flora and fauna of a temperate forest. Along the way, complete a series of local service projects – and learn from the local populations' strong cultural traditions of a simple lifestyle, emphasis on family, close ties to the earth and the satisfaction of working with your hands. 

Veterans Courses

Ten Thousand Islands Canoeing for Veterans

Length: 6 days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 12/11 - 12/16

This coastal canoeing course takes participants through a maze of lush mangrove tunnels in a land of contrast: between tropic and semi-tropic, land and sea, and salt and fresh water. Participants work together as they learn to read tide charts and maps; explore fragile ecosystems; cook and set up camp on white sandy beaches under the stars; and paddle to new areas each day within the Ten Thousand Islands. 



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