The Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) is a non-profit experiential education organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through active learning expeditions that inspire character development, self-discovery and service both in and out of the classroom.

For 30 years, POBS has delivered challenging outdoor learning programs that embrace Outward Bound's mission of changing lives through challenge and discovery. Every Outward Bound program is built around a progression that delivers powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently step outside their comfort zones while traveling through spectacular natural environments. These landscapes, in tandem with Outward Bound's internationally-recognized curriculum, teach the hard, technical skills necessary for survival, but also teach the relevant skills necessary for life.

A large part of Outward Bound focuses on group dynamics and development; however, it can be a very personal experience as well. By conquering their own challenges, participants discover their true potential and realize they are capable of more than they ever imagined.

POBS is proud to be part of a national network of Outward Bound schools in the US and all over the world. Outward Bound entities collectively serve around a quarter of a million people a year in over 30 countries and has reached over seven million people in its 80-year history.

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.
Kurt Hahn


The core values of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School inspire all of the programs our instructors deliver for our partners and students, and all of the administrative decisions our staff and Board of Trustees make.


We recognize and respect the unique perspectives and experiences of our colleagues, our partners, and our students, and respond with a spirit of generosity.


We are committed to transparency, responsibility, and taking the right -- not the easiest -- path.


We are proud of Outward Bound’s history as the role model for outdoor experiential education for 80 years, yet are always looking inward and ahead for ways to continually improve our results.


We aim to create an equitable space that reflects our community and engages all students regardless of their experience.