To find out more about our veterans programs or to enroll over the phone, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, (888) 756-2627.
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We all went out there, as complete strangers, for our own reasons, but fate would have us leave as family – always there for support and love when needed. While some were struggling with inner demons or nightmares brought back from war, I ran to NCOBS for more personal, and originally what I thought of as selfish, reasons. I didn’t want to be here, alone, for New Year’s. What ended up happening is coming to a realization that I was running from my life and everything that I hated about it – or myself. > Read the rest of this story.
These six-day courses takes participants through Florida's historic, biologically diverse waterways.
Participants work together as they learn to read tide charts and maps; explore fragile ecosystems; cook and set up camp on white sandy beaches under the stars; and paddle to new areas each day within the Ten Thousand Islands, or Central Florida Rivers. In addition to learning new skills in canoe and kayak travel and backcountry living, participants also have the opportunity to take a break from busy lives; to challenge themselves in new ways; to develop skills that will assist them in re-adjusting to life at home; and to discuss shared obstacles. Most important of all, participants enjoy a unique and inspiring ocean adventure surrounded by fellow veterans in the beautiful country in which they served.
Outward Bound Veterans expeditions build on camaraderie and the challenge of the natural world as a pathway to healing. These expeditions encourage participants to connect with existing strengths and bond with fellow veterans in a safe, positive, mission-driven environment. As they harness the power of wartime experiences like carrying heavy packs, moving fatigued muscles and sleeping outside, these courses help build the self-confidence and sense of purpose veterans need to continue serving as leaders in their families, communities and the nation.
Build core skills: Veterans receive hands-on training on expedition and personal skills. As part of an inclusive, supportive crew, they gain communication skills, establish trust and validate experiences among other veterans.
Practice Outward Bound values: Instructors focus on Outward Bound core values like compassion, integrity, excellence, inclusion and diversity to help veterans reflect, share insights and live in the present moment.
Process and Reflect: Journaling, one-on-one and group discussions help veterans understand how Outward Bound experiences might translate to coping skills back home.
What participants learn: Veterans return home inspired, ready to tap into rediscovered strengths and eager to find new ways to contribute to society.
During this course participants can expect to spend a good deal of time each day in canoes traveling from campsite to campsite. These canoes are tandem, which are perfect for fostering collaboration and communication skills between crewmates. Depending on the weather, the level of difficulty varies day to day. Crews learn: marine expedition risk-assessment and management, marine route planning and navigation, paddle strokes, canoe-based rescues, equipment use, and how to work with a paddling partner.
Participants will learn to:
Take safety precautions for backcountry travel
Find and set-up campsites
Use charts and other navigation tools
Tie knots and work with ropes
Execute paddle strokes for successful tandem travel
10,000 Islands, FL
This course takes place off the west coast of southern Florida in Everglades National Park and Ten Thousand Islands national Wildlife Refuge. As the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the United States and third-largest national park in the lower 48 states, The Everglades provide a variety of precious wildlife habitat. The aquatic preserve includes more than 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, and 40 species of mammals within its confines. Everglades National Park is one of only three locations in the world to appear on the following lists: an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of an International Importance and World Heritage Site. > Read more about this course area.
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