Get your training from the oldest and leading provider of wilderness education in the world.
North Carolina Outward Bound School's 50-day Outdoor Educator courses are designed to provide participants with the skills and experiences they need to begin a career in the outdoor experiential education industry. Outward Bound has trained many educators and offers a premier learning experience. By learning 'hands-on,' students will gain a better understanding of both the technical and teaching skills that will prepare them for an entry-level position as an outdoor or experiential education educator.
ABOUT THE COURSE
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Length: 50 days
During the Blue Ridge Mountains Outdoor Educator Course, students will be learning the technical skills of expeditioning in the Blue Ridge Mountains, cooking and setting-up camp in the backcountry, using a map and compass, rock climbing and rappelling and navigating class I-III rapids. This course is broken down into three phases: Immersion, Skill Development and Wilderness First Responder. It also provides students with the opportunity to earn college credit, their Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and complete a service project. No prior experience is necessary.
Title: Lead Instructor, Course Director, Whitewater Paddling Specialist
Years with North Carolina Outward Bound (NCOBS): 5
What inspired you to become an Outward Bound instructor? Did you know before you went on your Instructor Development Course? I started my first year at NCOBS as a proud intern. At the beginning of the summer, well-seasoned instructors Lark Gardner, Mark Wulff and Sara Morrison, led a two-week expedition into Pisgah National Forest for myself and seven other interns. I had no idea what I was in for at that time, but ultimately, I was inspired to become an instructor thanks to those three individuals. At that point in my life, I had never even seen anyone do what they did, and I knew in my heart, in my very being of beings, that it was good and valuable work. After my own student experience I was profoundly impacted. I knew that I wanted to be able to facilitate that same transformative experience for future students, so I began my journey to becoming an Outward Bound instructor. Serendipitously, I was given a the opportunity to participate on the 50-day Instructor Development Course, instructed by two other fantastic educators, Brian Arnold and Lindsay Ward. These individuals pushed us through challenging terrain, encouraged us to build strong healthy relationships, asked us to be vulnerable and trust one another, kept us safe, taught us to believe in magic, and showed us how to love nature, each other, and ourselves. It was a life-changing experience for me.
What was the most challenging part of that 50-day course? The most challenging aspect of the Instructor Development Course (IDC) for me was learning how to speak up and assert my ideas when I felt they were valid. Our instructors did a phenomenal job asking us as individuals to step outside of stereotypical gender roles and intentionally make space for each other to speak. As one of the more quiet and timid members of the group, it took a lot of patience and encouragement from my peers, but eventually I found my voice and recognized that one need not be loud in volume to be a good facilitator, what weighs much more heavily is confidence in your word.
North Carolina Outward Bound School is a registered 501(c)(3). Contributions are therefore tax-deductible to the full extent provided by the law. Financial information about North Carolina Outward Bound School is available from the NC State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (919) 733-4150.