Newsletter | May 2016

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T. S. Eliot Guest Author:  Alum, Alexandra “Lexi” Prochniak . . .   At the top of a 31-story building the wind whipped through my hair. I heard my name and walked over to the edge. Strapped into a… READ MORE >

Newsletter | April 2016 | Grit

  Katie’s Korner: A few words from our Executive Director . . .   Philadelphia Outward Bound School students return for another season of challenge and discovery – building character and grit! This month featured three expedition crews from Philadelphia’s Masterman High School hiking the Appalachian Trail through the Delaware Water Gap, and daylong Insight Courses (problem-solving, climbing,… READ MORE >

Meet the Interns – Class of 2016

The questions we asked… 1. Who from history would you take on an Outward Bound expedition and why? 2. If the person above you on this list were a piece of kitchen equipment, what would it be and why? 3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Talia Brody   I’d like to take Walt… READ MORE >

Newsletter | March 2016 | Emerging Leaders

  Katie’s Korner: A few words from our Executive Director . . .   “Leaders are raised through training and experience. Nobody was born naturally with hand-gloves of leadership. We come to life to search for it, discover it and optimize it.” ― Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Ladder At the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), March Madness unfolds slightly… READ MORE >

Leap of faith

Katie’s Korner: A few words from our Executive Director . . .   In 1993, I participated in a high ropes course instructor training.  Among the high ropes course elements on which we trained was The Multi Vine. Imagine, you’re 35 feet above the ground (having arrived at this level after climbing multiple metal staples in the side of… READ MORE >

Newsletter | January 2016 | New Year, New Opportunities

  Katie’s Korner: A few words from our Executive Director . . .   One of the most common words we hear at POBS is “opportunity.”  We talk about opportunities to reach more students with our mission to change lives through challenge and discovery.  We discuss opportunities to invite more donors to invest in the lives of Philadelphia… READ MORE >

Meet POBS’ Apprentices

This year POBS introduced a new year-long Apprentice Program. Two alumni of the Youth Leadership Corps program were selected to play a pivotal role in selecting and developing next year’s YLC students. The apprentice program is designed to model Outward Bound’s core value of service. Participants will engage with their schools, neighborhoods and communities in positive ways… READ MORE >

Outward Bound Day #5: The Stories We Tell

It was mid-morning on Day 5, and these were our final hours together. We were back at Fort Washington State Park, and the students were busy cleaning—water bottles, dinner bowls, equipment—the objects that had been so new to us just five days ago but which had, by now, become a part of us, our routine,… READ MORE >

Outward Bound Day #4: A Simple Game

Lines were drawn in the dirt of the forest floor.  The students examined the final tally, and they assessed how far they had come both as individuals and as a group.  While this task wasn’t the most difficult of their first four days together, it was a significant one.  They were given a minute for… READ MORE >