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.

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Family Courses

Backpacking and Climbing for Families

Ages: 12+

Dates: 8.19.21 - 8.22.21

Taking this four-day course together provides a unique opportunity for parents and children to deepen their appreciation for one another and strengthen bonds with the help of challenging wilderness activities like backpacking, orienteering, sleeping and eating in the backcountry, and rock climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The memories and metaphors of a shared adventure will carry on long into the future as relationships continue to develop.

Outdoor Educator Course

Blue Ridge Mtns. Outdoor Educator

Ages: 18+

Length: 50 days

Dates: 9.3.21 - 10.22.21

​As the oldest and leading provider of wilderness education in the world, Outward Bound provides comprehensive training on the fundamentals needed to become effective outdoor educators. On course, you and your crew will practice technical outdoor expedition skills, how to cook and set up camp in the backcountry, orienteering, rock climbing and rappelling, and navigating 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.

Adult Courses

Pathfinder: Backpacking, Rock Climbing & Whitewater Canoeing

Ages: 18-25

Length: 30 days

Dates: 10.11.21 - 11.9.21

Sometimes you don’t know where you want to go in life until you spend a few weeks in the middle of nowhere. Pathfinder expeditions give you time and space to understand what’s important to you and the skills to get there. Over the next 30 days, you’ll rise to meet natural challenges, becoming accustomed to setting goals, making decisions, and recovering from set-backs, all of which help clarify bigger choices that await you in life beyond your course.

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