Take the ultimate challenge, as you and a select crew of students from communities across northern New Jersey embark on a 14-day Outward Bound expedition featuring backpacking, rock climbing and canoeing in and around the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This course is designed for rising Juniors (summer between Sophomore and Junior year) that are looking to develop as leaders: young people who are eager to face new challenges and are open to discovering the lifelong benefits and perspectives that wilderness travel with Outward Bound offers.

2017 Summer Expedition

July 9th – July 22nd, 2017

Selection as a member of the 2016 crew of the NJ Youth Leadership Corps is both an honor and a privilege. Two crews of up to 12 participants each will embark on 14-day leadership skill-focused Outward Bound expeditions in some of the East Coast’s most pristine wilderness areas. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses 67,000 acres of mountain ridge, forest and floodplain on both sides of the Delaware River in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. From the southern end of the park, you can view the S-shaped chasm of the Delaware Water Gap, where the river cuts a twisting path through 1,400-foot Kittatinny Ridge. Within the river watershed, you’ll discover steep wooded-and-rock slopes, dark hallows, tinsel-like ravines and tumbling waterfalls.

Most of this hiking terrain is protected from logging and development and offers both pristine and established camping, rushing waterfalls, twisting streams and spectacular views from rocky summits. Your wilderness classroom features mountains and trails within the Delaware Water Gap, including 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail and several historic peaks: Mt. Minsi, Mt. Tammany and the Kittatinny Ridge.


How do I apply?

The application process includes a personal essay, three letters of recommendation from non-family members, and a face-to-face interview with an Outward Bound Council member.


Begin Application

DEADLINE:  February 15, 2017


How can I support a student on the NJ Youth Leadership Corps program?

A tax-deductible donation in support of the NJ Youth Leadership Corps enables students from communities across the northern New Jersey region to build character, leadership skills and a strong sense of service to others. Join us! Become a partner in teaching NJ students important life skills – decision making, creative problem solving, self-reliance and teamwork. Outward Bound alumni use what they learn on course to actively engage in creating a better world. Help us shape our next generation of leaders by providing your support today!


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NJ Youth Leadership Alumni



Become an Ambassador:

  • Help us recruit at your school and within your community for this year’s crew. Download a recruitment packet.
  • Support this year’s crews at course start and welcome them back at graduation.

Course Start Date: Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Course End Graduation: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Apply for the Apprenticeship: 

  • 2 selected alums (18+) will participate in a year long apprenticeship program with Outward Bound. Earn the change to participate in the expedition as a Instructor assistant and role model.

Learn more about the Youth Leadership Apprenticeship for Alumni

Who do I contact for more information?

Jenn Raymond

Phone: 215-232-9130
Fax: 1 888-717-7589
Email: [email protected]