Share the adventure of a lifetime together and create lasting memories.
Family courses offer the same challenges as any Outward Bound course, with an added focus on deepening the relationship between a parent and child. On this course, you and your child will learn about teamwork, communication, and respect as you accomplish things you never imagined. Throughout the expedition, Instructors facilitate discussions about family dynamics, family values, traditions and priorities, and strategies to bring Outward Bound values and design principles into the home. This is a unique opportunity – and a designated time and space – for families to enjoy each other and the wilderness around them.
Alumni Blog: Going 'Outward Bound' with your son
“Close your eyes,” said Nora. “Now, I want you to think about why you chose this course and what you experienced and learned since Wednesday.”
Sitting in a circle with others in the woods of North Carolina, my thoughts are interrupted by my body, complaining of unexpected exertions and demands made over the last four days. Yet somehow, my mind accepts the aches and pains as deeply satisfying.
I had signed up for the course for my son, who suffers from social anxiety. While he made progress through counseling, I wanted him to learn that he is more capable, resilient and stronger than he believes. A smile comes over my face when I first told him about the trip. “What are we doing?,” he asked. That question was followed by “Will I have access to the net?”
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