TRAVEL INFORMATION

The tuition and travel expense for your North Carolina Outward Bound Veterans course is fully funded by several generous donors. After you are cleared to participate and the course is confirmed a “go” we will contact you to finalize your travel plans. Travel plans are typically confirmed 30-45 days before the course starts. 

You have the option of either flying or driving to/from course:

Airline Travel 

NCOBS will purchase you a round-trip plane ticket to/from the airport course start/end location.

You are responsible for your own baggage fees. 

If you are traveling from west of the Mississippi River, we may arrange for you to travel the day before course starts so that you arrive on time. Please plan for this when making arrangements to be away from work, school or home. Scholarship funds will cover the cost of a hotel room if we need to fly you in a day early. You will be responsible for arranging shuttle transportation from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel back to the airport the following day to meet Outward Bound.   

After we purchase your airline ticket, if you cancel from the course or do not show up for the flight, you are responsible* for paying the cost of the ticket and the $250 Cancellation Penalty. 

EXCEPTION*: If you cannot attend course due to receiving deployment orders that conflict with the course dates, we will not hold you responsible for cost of the plane ticket or the Cancellation Penalty, provided you supply us with documentation of your orders.  

Vehicle Travel 

You can choose to drive to/from course. You will need to park in long-term parking at the airport. If you choose to drive to course, NCOBS will reimburse you for gas and airport parking fees. You must mail, e-mail or fax a copy of your receipts within 7-days of the course end. 

Course Start - Traveling to Outward Bound

TRAVEL DELAYS

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.

CELL PHONES

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 PREPARED 

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 www.tsa.gov. 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.

EXPULSION OR EARLY DEPARTURE

If you are expelled or choose to leave your course voluntarily you are responsible for paying any change fees or increase in air fare required for you to return home. 

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

YOUR COURSE WILL BEGIN AT THIS LOCATION WHETHER YOU ARE ARRIVING BY PLANE OR CAR:

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) – www.newbernairport.com

200 Terminal Drive – New Bern, NC 28562 

  • Airline Arrival 12:30 PM
  • Vehicle Arrival 11:30 AM
Outward Bound Check-In Location

An Outward Bound representative will meet ALL arrivals in the area between the snack bar and baggage claim at the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN).

Remember: masks are required when indoors.

Look for our representative wearing a shirt or hat with an Outward Bound logo and/or carrying an Outward Bound sign. Our representative will have a list of all student names and will note your child’s arrival.

Our supervision officially begins when students depart the airport by NCOB vehicle or charter transportation. All vehicles will be staffed with a North Carolina Outward Bound representative.

Course End - Traveling Home

YOUR COURSE WILL END AT THIS LOCATION WHETHER YOU ARE DEPARTING BY PLANE OR CAR. 

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) – www.newbernairport.com

200 Terminal Drive – New Bern, NC 28562 

  • Airline Departure 2:00 PM 
  • Vehicle Departure 12:00 Noon 

COVID-19 BACK-UP DEPARTURE PLAN 

If you depart by commercial transportation, you must submit a back-up departure plan should you need to depart under quarantine or isolation protocols.  

Back-Up Departure Plan Criteria:  

  • If you need to depart course early, your plan must allow for departure within 48-hours    
  • Adults (18+) must either:  
    • Preferred - Depart from the Outward Bound program location by private vehicle, providing name and contact information of pick-up person.  
    • Request that Outward Bound provide transportation to a hotel near the airport, provided the participant meets the hotel's age requirements for check-in. Refer to our Hotel/Lodging Information section below for options.    

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

Hotel/Lodging Information

HOTELS NEAR THE AIRPORT

If you or your child’s travel plans require an overnight stay before or after the course, there are hotels near the airport. Prior to booking, confirm any minimum age requirements and availability of shuttle service to/from the airport (if applicable).

TSA Travel Regulations

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