Abilities that last a lifetime

Outward Bound is the premier provider of experience-based outdoor leadership programs for youth and adults. An Outward Bound course can change your life and give you the tools to see further, climb higher, and find your way.

Seek a challenge and embark on a wilderness backpacking trip, an urban exploration, or even take a mountaineering, rafting, canoeing, dog sledding, or sailing trip and bring home the courage to find your own path.

Keeping it local

At the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, we are deeply embedded in community – we work with young people and adults, students, educators, school administrators, and business and community leaders.

Our mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery. We help our students to discover that there is more in them than they knew and to learn strength of character, ability to lead, and desire to serve.

Our instructors

make us great

Outward Bound instructors enhance and inspire leadership, self-esteem, self-reliance, concern for others, service to the community, and care for the environment.

Our mission is carried out through challenging experiences that are safely structured by our instructors who receive specialized wilderness medical and outdoor leadership training. Oh, and they are a whole lot of fun, too!

Find out who you truly are

Outward Bound outdoor experiences challenge you to be a leader, an individual, and an innovator. You will develop a sense of community, build bonds, and discover what it means to go beyond.

Outward Bound adventure education experiences inspire new potential and expand horizons. Our innovative courses will let you see that you can achieve more than you ever thought possible.