You changed my life

A tax-deductible donation to the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) will enable us to further our mission of changing lives through challenge and discovery.

POBS’ provides scholarship and subsidy for underserved youth from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to participate in our outdoor experiential education programming.  Students learn that there is more in them than they thought, and our outcomes include leadership, character development and service.

You can make a secure online donation here. If you prefer, you may also contact us and donate via the phone (215 232 9130 x8933) or regular mail (mail to: The Philadelphia Outward Bound School, 3250 West Sedgley Drive, Philadelphia PA 19130).  We also offer individual giving programs as well as team fundraising programs. If your employer has a employee matching gift program, we are a 501c3 tax-deductible organization.

Be a part of empowering thousands of young people to implement positive change in their city, their communities and their schools.

Your donations at work

At POBS, we seek innovative ways to apply Outward Bound’s renowned Educational Framework to address emerging social needs. We serve people of all ages and all walks of life. We offer a portfolio of single and multi-day courses that help our students discover that “there is more in them then they thought”, to strengthen character and to build an ability to leadand a desire to serve.

We want our students to have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them. We employ a diverse and compassionate staff of highly trained, skilled and dedicated instructors, facilitators and educators trained to meet needs within our region. We partner with educational institutions, businesses, civic organizations and parents to serve all who wish to participate. That’s how Outward Bound has used challenge and discovery to change lives and prepare people to be capable, compassionate and engaged leaders since our founding in the U.S. in 1962.

Your support enables students and adults to build character,
leadership skills and a strong sense of service to others. Join us!

“No one has ever believed in me for that long… to see me from the beginning to the end. I will encourage [my peers] to be a part of Outward Bound and experience the natural things that I had never experienced.”

“Words alone cannot describe my experience. Getting out in nature and challenging myself to be honest from within is now a core part of my life.  My Outward Bound experience inspired me to acknowledge, accept and process whatever challenges come my way, along with making peace with the past.”