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.

Submit Travel & Back Up Travel
Submitting Your Travel Plans 

At least two weeks prior to course start, we will email a request for travel arrangements.

Be Prepared - Determine a Backup Travel Plan 

Please reference our COVID-19 Program Protocols.

You MUST take a COVID-19 Antigen Test 24-Hours Prior to Course Start.
Participants will also take a COVID-19 test on course start day, administered by NCOBS Staff. 

Should you need to depart Outward Bound due to a positive COVID-19 test result or other illness symptoms:

  • on course start day - you must adjust your travel plans that day
  • during course - you must depart within 48 hours

YOUTH (Course Age Ranges 14-18): coordinate travel with a parent, family member or other trusted adult.

ADULT (Course age ranges 18+, 18-25, 30+): coordinate travel with a parent, family member or other trusted adult OR coordinate a hotel room and shuttle to the hotel, provided the participant meets the hotel’s age requirement for check-in. 

Please reference the CDC recommendations for Protecting Yourself When Using Transportation and Considerations for Travelers.