As someone who's completed a Philadelphia Outward Bound School course or day program, you can count yourself among a special group of people who have pushed themselves far beyond what they ever thought possible. (If you just completed an expedition, check and see if your course photos have been posted!)


All Outward Bound alumni and POBS students are invited to join us for any of our alumni events!

Saturday, June 15: Alumni Day on the Challenge Course!

Join us on Saturday, June 15, for a day on the James McLane Family Challenge Course at The Discovery Center!  10:00 am – 3:00 pm, ages 13+

Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself on the high wires. Enjoy a pizza lunch and have a blast ziplining alongside the Strawberry Mansion Reservoir.  Sign up now – spots are limited!

Other Alumni Events Coming This Year

September 14-15, 2024 - Alumni Overnight
Join fellow alums in the Wissahickon for a camping experience you won't forget! (See photos from last year's Alumni Overnight).

Check out upcoming Discovery Days at The Discovery Center

Discovery Days are special free events at The Discovery Center where POBS and Audubon Mid-Atlantic team up to provide the community with the best that nature has to offer, including ziplining, birding, nature walks, indoor rock climbing, canoeing the reservoir, and more!

Check out The Discovery Center Events calendar to see what's coming up >


30 Years Later, She's Still Committed to Outward Bound
Danielle Merritt was an 8th grader in 1993 when she embarked on POBS' very first expedition! Later she became a teacher and brought her students on POBS courses, and now she is a vice-principal with a doctorate in eduction,  and a POBS board member! Read about Danielle's amazing journey >

Taj Murdock, Man of Courage
This community leader from North Philadelphia has embraced the Outward Bound philosophy and providing unforgettable experiences to his young proteges.

Learning the Magic of it All: From Student to Instructor
From Nick's very first Outward Bound course at age 15, he knew he wanted to be an instructor. Now he thrives as one.

Noam's Story: “He Came Back a Different Kid”
One student's parent reached out to us after noticing a change in him.

POBS Alum Receives Infinite Potential Commendation
A student from our Get Out And Lead (GOAL) course enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh program and won accolades.

Letter from a Student: Reflections on My Outward Bound Experience
A student shares what was learned on her course in the Delaware Water Gap.

"Don't Limit Your Challenges, Challenge your Limits."
A student wrote about why he keeps coming back for more Outward Bound courses.

A Letter to Future Students
An alum writes years later that some lessons take time to notice.

Veterans Expedition Alumni Story
A US military veteran writes about the value Outward Bound expeditions have for vets.


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Alumni Dragon Boating - 2022 - 2024 

The POBS Dragons took the silver in their division at the 2024 Independence Dragon Boat Regatta AND took home the Educators Cup! 

Learn more and view photos >


Get yourself some Outward Bound gear!
Visit the POBS School Store >


Explore What's Next
Apply for one of our Merit Award Courses to go on expedition at no cost to you, or check out the Duke of Edinburgh program.

Show Your Outward Bound Pride
Visit the POBS School Store and order some gear for yourself - you deserve it!

Share Your Story
Write a guest blog post about your Outward Bound experience - it is a great way to share your story, publish some of your writing, and engage fellow alums. Contact us to get started.

Work with Us!
If you're interested in working in the outdoor industry, why not consider joining the POBS crew? Check out our Careers page to learn more.

Give Back
Check out our Service page to see if there any upcoming Service Days you can join.  Or donate to POBS and support our life-changing programs.