It’s not just about the thrills.

We will provide your students with much more than a one-dimensional experience. A zip line is not a life-changing experience; a program designed by some of the world’s greatest outdoor adventurers and educators is.
Each Outward Bound expedition is individually tailored to meet your goals. Participants learn the skills that make them redefine their future and their role in the world. Compassion, integrity, confidence and critical thinking cannot be learned only in the classroom. These life skills are earned through experience – experience that we provide.



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 Angela Duckworth Character Lab at University of Pennsylvania, and 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. Additionally, the research will inform the development of a tool to measure perseverance, grit and task performance.

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