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.

Outdoor Educator Courses

Outdoor Educator

Length: 50-days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 3/9 - 4/27/19

On course, you and your crew will practice technical outdoor expedition skills in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You will learn to cook and setup camp in the backcountry, orienteer, rock climb and rappel and navigate Class I- Class III rapids. By learning ‘hands-on,’ you will gain a better understanding of both the technical and teaching skills needed for a career in outdoor education.

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Pathfinder Courses

Blue Ridge Mountains Backpacking, Rock Climbing and Whitewater Canoeing

Length: 30 days

Ages: 18-25

Dates: 3/27 - 4/25

This adventure will take you and your crew from the sub-tropic winding canoe trails of Florida’s Waterways to the blue misty mountains of North Carolina. Pathfinder is deliberate in its approach for young people seeking help in ‘finding their path’ in life. The wilderness classroom allows students to develop an extensive range of technical outdoor skills. More importantly, Pathfinder participants acquire transferable skills like effective communication, self-awareness and resiliency. 

Adult Courses

Backpacking and Rock Climbing

Length: 8 days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 3/17 - 3/24

Backpack in the misty, cool, Blue Ridge Mountains, climb up rock faces, and rappel 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. During adult courses, instructors often facilitate the sharing of life experiences to allow for participants to examine where they’ve been, where they are now and where they’d like to go in the future.


Blue Ridge Mtns Backpacking to Outer Banks Sea Kayaking

Length: 28-days

Ages: 18+

Dates: 6/8-7/12

Designed for adults, this new 28-day Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks Course works particularly well as a bookmark between life’s chapters. Whether between school and work, university and graduate school, between semesters, or post-AmeriCorps, this program takes participants out of their comfort zones and into a place of growth and possibility. Self-discovery takes time. After 28-days of digging deep and pushing yourself and your crew, you can expect to come away knowing exactly what you can offer as a person and as a teammate.


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