Learning from Experiences

Outward Bound does not provide a one-dimensional experience. A zip line is not a life-changing experience; however, a zip line event designed by some of the world’s greatest outdoor adventurers and educators can be.

Each Outward Bound program is tailored to meet educational goals. Fundamentally, our participants learn skills to help them redefine their perspectives, and through this new lens, consider their futures and their roles in the world. Compassion, integrity, confidence, and critical thinking can be learned through experience. Outward Bound provides that opportunity in this region’s most natural, wild, and historic places.

Education for All

12-18 years old
7-14 days
Summer-Delaware Water Gap & Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Corridor

6-12th Grades, College Age

Insight (1-2 days) – Year Round – Wissahickon Valley High Ropes Course

Peer Leadership (5-7 days) – Year Round – Delaware Water Gap & Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Corridor

Group Initiatives (1-2 days)
Team Development Seminars/Retreats (1-3 days)
Expeditions (varies, multi-day)
Year Round – Locations vary

Click here to inquire about our Group Courses or Individual Courses.


Outward Bound For Schools And Youth Serving Organizations

Drawing upon Outward Bound’s 70 years of experience in experiential education, The Philadelphia Outward Bound School offers a range of programs tailored to meet our partners’ needs. We’ve worked with thousands of students ranging from 6th – 12th graders, college students, teachers, and administrators. We are highly regarded for our experience and ability to customize programs to fit the needs of our clients. Our programs are led by skilled instructors with extensive training in youth development, group facilitation, and risk management. Participants are placed in real situations where they learn new skills, apply their learning, exercise leadership, and practice teamwork to accomplish individual and group goals. We can help your students:

  • CIMG2411Overcome group challenges
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Develop active listening skills
  • Build trust in peers and self
  • Respect differences
  • Increase compassion
  • Reflect on experiences
  • Apply new skills back home

Outward Bound for Corporations and Professionals

The Philadelphia Outward Bound School offers Professional Development Programs to corporate teams both large and small.  These programs are customized and designed to assist professionals by positioning the principles of high performing teams into practice so you can excel at the challenges you face in the workforce.

The objective of Outward Bound Professional Development Programs is to engage the participants with several action learning projects that focus on building effective relationships with project team members, communicating effectively, and on developing project management skills. We will choose challenges that require proactive team leadership and will use those experiences to reflect on effective leadership and leadership skills that build high performing teams.

adult insightThe program will provide an opportunity to further empower leaders to operationalize their organizational vision and to continue to enhance their culture.  The program will encourage them to work as a unified team toward common goals, to increase trust, and to energize the participants for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Achieving breakthrough results comes from developing a high performing team that continues to learn together over time. With almost fifty years of working with teams ranging from military leaders to top executive groups at Fortune 100 companies, Outward Bound has developed a deep understanding of the process required to transform a group of individuals into an agile team capable of achieving extraordinary results. Whether your team is on the verge of a great challenge or searching for a way to become a more accomplished group, our trained facilitators can design a custom program to catapult your team to the next level.

The Outward Bound learning process can take place in virtually any environment and can be delivered to you at your own site, at one of our many partner sites, at our High Ropes course, or at various Fairmount Park grounds.  The key is designing the program that is most likely to drive the results you seek.

Corporate Partners who utilize our professional programs:

  • AIA
  • Alcoa
  • Aramark
  • Capital One
  • CBRE
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Comcast
  • CoreNet
  • Divine & Partners
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath

  • Dupont Hospital
  • Hartford Mutal Funds
  • Hawk Partners
  • International Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Leadership Philadelphia
  • Martin Guitar
  • New Spring Capital
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • PECO Energy
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Philadelphia Health Corps, AmeriCorps Program
  • St. Joseph Orphanage
  • Summer Learning Collaborative
  • Temple University, Global MBA
  • United Health Center
  • Wells Fargo
  • Young President’s Association

Outward Bound not only taught me about the outdoors and becoming one with nature but it also taught me a lot of core values I’ll be able to use for the rest of my life. Along with learning new knots and how to preserve precious resources, I learned about integrity, outer strength, inner strength, and, most importantly, compassion. I feel like compassion is what makes human beings more human. With compassion comes love and that’s the strongest thing on Earth. Outward Bound helped me realize that.

The Outward Bound Approach

Our mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery.

The center of Outward Bound’s educational philosophy is the belief that for young people to succeed, they need character growth and skills to assume leadership roles and take positive approaches to life’s challenges. By engaging students in demanding situations, often in unfamiliar environments, Outward Bound allows students to develop as leaders while also encouraging self-reliance, physical fitness, craftsmanship, service to those in need and the environment and, above all, compassion.

All of our programs are based on this educational framework:


“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.” – Outward Bound Founder, Kurt Hahn