Last year our Outward Bound circle grew larger, welcoming new students, parents, donors, educators, and staff members into our community.

We expanded our footprint – exploring a new course area in the marshy New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve and opening the doors to our new home at The Discovery Center in Philadelphia's East Fairmount Park.

More than ever, 2018 marked a year of growth for our students, whose experiences remind us that, through resilience and compassion, we have the power to change the world.


Regardless of the program, terrain, length, or curriculum, all Philadelphia Outward Bound School courses are designed with three outcomes in mind:


Participants will come away with an increase in self-confidence. Courses guide people to be more compassionate toward others and live a healthy and balanced life.


Outward Bound teaches the ability to set goals, inspire and guide others to achieve more. We encourage collaboration, communication, problem-solving and conflict-resolution.


Our instructors explain the value of social and environmental responsibility with an emphasis of actively engaging in service to others.


In 2016, Philadelphia Outward Bound School partnered with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at University of Illinois. This research study, "Youth Character Development in Outward Bound,” combines two, linked studies to gather meaningful information for Outward Bound and to advance scientific knowledge about effective character development. Findings will contribute to a knowledge base about the practices of youth development professionals, and will enhance staff training for youth programs.

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