ONLY MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AFTER:
We typically need 6 firm enrollments in order to confirm the course as “GO.” If you purchase airline tickets before notified to do so, make sure you either purchase refundable/transferable tickets OR purchase trip insurance covering the cost of airfare in the event your course is canceled or if you are not cleared to participate. North Carolina Outward Bound is not responsible for refunding the cost of airline tickets, clothing and gear, etc.
Traveling to and from course with a cell phone and charger is encouraged. Upon arrival and check in with our staff at the airport, we will remind participants to call their families immediately, as cell phones are not permitted once the course has officially begun. At that point, all cell phones will be turned off and stored in personal luggage until course end.
YOUR COURSE WILL BEGIN AT THIS LOCATION WHETHER YOU ARE ARRIVING BY PLANE OR CAR.
One Airport Boulevard, Orlando FL
Orlando International Airport at 1:00 PM on the day the course begins.
This is our only pick-up location/time.
You will receive a contact number for travel delays prior to the course start.
Make sure your child arrives dressed in items from the clothing list, has eaten lunch and made all necessary calls.
Review current government regulations regarding carry-on items at www.tsa.gov. Many airlines charge for each checked bag. Check your airline’s baggage policy and pay any fees for inbound and outbound flights.
ON COURSE COMMUNICATION
After course start, the course director will be contacting families via email. The email will contain all contact information for your use while your child is on course.
An Outward Bound representative will meet ALL arrivals at the Orlando International Airport (MCO), Terminal B, at Baggage Claim Carousel #32.
Staff will be wearing an Outward Bound shirt or hat and/or carrying an Outward Bound sign. They will have a list of all student names and will note your arrival.
Our supervision officially begins when students depart the airport by NCOBS vehicle or charter transportation.
Reminder: A parent/guardian is required to attend the seminar at course end. The course will end in Mims, Florida by 11 AM. Please arrange your departure flights accordingly
Airlines define an Unaccompanied Minor (UM) as a child flying without a parent, guardian or another trusted adult. Your airline may designate your child as an Unaccompanied Minor. The airline’s Unaccompanied Minor policy may NOT be clear to you if you purchase your child’s ticket through an online travel site. If applicable, confirm the airline you choose allows Unaccompanied Minors to board connecting flights.
Plan carefully to avoid your child being stranded at a connecting airport!
Airlines are extremely strict about payment of the UM fee. The North Carolina Outward Bound School is neither responsible for paying the UM fees nor determining which individuals are required to pay the fee. Airline representatives have refused to board UMs whose families have not paid the required UM fees, causing students to miss their departing flights.
Before you book your child’s airline ticket:
Review the UM policies for each airline before choosing an itinerary – each airline has their own policy and age requirements:
At least two weeks prior to course start, email the following to your Student Services Representative, FAX: 1-828-298-8660 or use email@example.com. Any of these options will get the information to us.
If traveling by plane, submit arrival itinerary. Arriving early? Include lodging information along with the student’s name, course number and course dates. If your child is flying as an Unaccompanied Minor, additional information is required. Refer to the Unaccompanied Minor section on your child’s course web page.
If traveling by vehicle, submit confirmation of vehicle drop-off date and time. Include the name(s) and cell phone numbers of the adult(s) who will be responsible for drop-off. Again, include the student’s name, course number and course dates.
If you need assistance with travel arrangements or trip insurance, our local travel agency, All Ways Travel, is very familiar with our programs and welcomes your inquiry.
All Ways Travel
Gennifer Hogan: firstname.lastname@example.org
We highly recommend you purchase Trip Insurance to cover your investment (e.g. course tuition, airfare and/or emergency evacuation). You may use a vendor of your choice or our recommended Travel Agent Gennifer Hogan of All Ways Travel. Gennifer is knowledgeable about our programs, has access to multiple trip insurance options and is dedicated to helping you find coverage that’s best for you.
If you are traveling by air, be aware of TSA guidelines. To avoid TSA taking items out of your carry-on luggage (like insect repellent and sunscreen), pack these items in your checked luggage or do not exceed size specifications. For more information please visit the TSA website: Transportation Security Administration - Carry-ons