DISCOVER A NEW WAY TO LEARN!

Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) partners with schools, colleges, non-profit and community organizations to create local outdoor and wilderness programs, for youth and adults ages 12 and over, that deeply enrich the learning process through experience and participation. Through collaboration, we deliver inclusive and progressive experiential programs tailored to meet the specific and unique learning objectives and developmental needs of our partners and their learning communities.

POBS recognizes the potential in every participant and challenges them to develop and cultivate personal and group awareness, build leadership skills, and develop strengths and character to shape and nurture healthy communities. We meet participants “where they are” and offer single-day programs, and multi-day expeditions that support success and growth in their schools, communities and careers.

Institutions choose POBS because we offer the expertise of the largest, oldest, most respected provider of outdoor education and experiential learning in the world. No one else offers local outdoor and wilderness education with the same commitment to character, craftsmanship, leadership development, and safety.

LEARNING IN THE OUTDOORS


SINGLE AND MULTI-DAY PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES

INSIGHT DAY PROGRAM (1 Day)

Insight is just that, it gives participants insight into what is possible. By participating in activities and challenges they extend their comfort zone and interactions with peers; they discover the power and strength in themselves and in the group. Each participant deserves the opportunity to challenge their comfort zone and experience the power of “I did it.” When individuals and groups find success, they seek it in other aspects of their life. Insight programs can take place at POBS' Challenge Courses, school settings, local parks, trails, or recreation centers.

PEER LEADERSHIP EXPEDITIONS (5+ Days)

What can participants learn from carrying a heavy backpack on the Appalachian Train, navigating the waterways of the Delaware Water Gap or Pine Barrens, locating a campsite at night or building a shelter in the rain? They discover that there is more in them than they ever thought possible — they build strength, confidence, and hope and become socially and emotionally stronger. This is no ordinary camping trip; it is a journey with purpose. The expedition experiences extend far beyond the course and leverage the power of “mountain top” moments for both the crew and individual.

Activities Include:

  • Ground Initiatives and Low Ropes Challenges
  • Challenge Course Climb
  • Trail Hike

 

Activities Include:

  • Canoeing
  • Backpacking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Urban Expedition

 

VALUE OF THE EXPERIENCE


An Outward Bound experience is not simply about adventure. It is about finding innovative ways to educate and engage youth and adults and instill a sense of purpose, confidence, compassion and a desire to make a positive difference in educational spaces, communities, workplaces and in the world.

We facilitate engaging, relevant and sequential experiences for skills mastery, communication, conflict resolution and goal setting. Our lens is participant-centered and we use moments of success, as well as failure, to translate challenge for positive personal development.

The transferrable life lessons and takeaways from Outward Bound experiences are highly relevant to any group.

 

 

Peer Leadership: Circuit Expedition

Backpacking, Leadership Intensive, Service Intensive

Ages:12-18
Destination:Philadelphia
Length: 5 DAYS
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Insight: Team Building for Youth

Challenge Course

Ages:12-18
Destination:Off-Site, Philadelphia, The Discovery Center, Wissahickon Ropes Course
Length: 1 DAY
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Peer Leadership: Canoeing

Canoeing, Leadership Intensive, Skills

Ages:12-18
Destination:Pinelands National Reserve, Water Gap
Length: 5 DAYS
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Peer Leadership: Backpacking & Rock Climbing

Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Skills

Ages:12-18
Destination:Appalachian Trail
Length: 5 DAYS
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