Updated May 22, 2020
To Our Students, Families, Program Partners and the Outward Bound Community,
As the coronavirus pandemic impacts the U.S. and the world, Outward Bound USA and our 11 regional Outward Bound Schools have faced what seem to be insurmountable challenges. Over the last few months, we have continually asked ourselves: how will we move forward in the face of adversity? With the utmost concern and respect for the well-being of our students, staff, and our organization, we have made very difficult decisions.
In a joint decision with regional Outward Bound Schools across the U.S., the majority of our summer programming will be canceled. This includes all Classic and Intercept courses with start dates through the end of August.
A limited number of in-person custom programs may run. This includes community-based programs, small intact groups, and Outward Bound Professional programs. Each will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must meet Outward Bound USA’s requirements and regulations as well as those at the local, state, and federal level. Additionally, we continue to engage with education partners to develop virtual programs allowing us to continue to serve our mission during this changing environment.
We plan to resume adjusted programming by late summer/fall, offering Semester, and Outdoor Educator expeditions to the many college-aged students who will be looking for experiential education opportunities.
For now, we will continue to assess and adapt to the situation and prepare for the revival of our educational programs once it is possible to do so. We have full confidence that Outward Bound programming in the U.S. will resume again, and we look forward to serving our communities in the near future.
To our Outward Bound Community—above all, know you are not alone. United, we are resilient together.
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