The information below explains how to make and submit your travel arrangements for Outward Bound.


  1. You have been cleared to participate AND
  2. You are notified that your course has been confirmed as “GO.” In order for a course to be confirmed as “GO,” we must achieve a minimum number of firm enrollments.  Firm = applicants who are fully paid and cleared to participate.

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.

Course Start - Traveling to Outward Bound


If you are delayed while traveling, call us immediately at 800-878-5258. We work diligently to accommodate unforeseen travel delays. However, in certain cases of extreme delays, it may not be possible for you to join the course.


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.


Be dressed in items from the clothing list, make all necessary calls and have eaten prior to departure from the airport.

Review current government regulations regarding carry-on items at Many airlines charge for each checked bag. Check your airline’s baggage policy and pay any fees for you or your child’s inbound and outbound flights.

***Please arrive to the airport having eaten lunch. For students arriving on flights, please review your vendor options before meeting Outward Bound.***

All participants are required to follow our COVID-19 Program Protocols.

These are our only pick-up locations/times. We are unable to accommodate pick ups outside of the info outlined below.


Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) –

61 Terminal Drive – Fletcher, NC 28732-9442

  • Airline Arrival 2:00 PM: Book your inbound flight to arrive no later than 2:00 PM on the first day of the course. Do not book arrival after 2:00 PM as we are unable to accommodate arrivals after this time. Itineraries booked outside of these times will require rebooking which can be costly and avoidable.

 **Based on limited non-stop flight availability to/from AVL and our arrival criteria above, please expect your itinerary to include a connecting flight.**


Riveter -

701 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732

  • Vehicle Arrival 1:00 PM: If you are arriving by car, arrive no later than 1:00 PM on the first day of the course. Please look for tents on the lawn in front of the building. 

**Please be prepared to stay at this location until we have completed our Day 1 COVID-19 rapid test. If you need long term parking for your vehicle while you are on course, our staff will direct you to park at the Asheville Regional Airport long term parking and pick you up in our vehicle before we head to the wilderness.**