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!

Alumni Building Adventure Team!  Now through October 20, 2023

ARE YOU READY TO GO OVER THE EDGE?  This is your chance to rappel 30 stories down the side of a skyscraper!

Building Adventure is a peer-to-peer fundraiser, which means individual supporters host personal campaigns to collect donations from their friends, family, and community. Normally, each fundraiser must raise $1,750 to secure a rappel spot, and fundraising discounts are offered for teams - so a team of 6 for example means each team member only has to raise $1,250 to rappel. But we are going to discount the fundraising amount even further for members of the Alumni Team!  

Spots are limited - Sign up now!

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 >


Alumni Overnight - September 2023

Alumni Canoe Day - May 2023

Alumni Day on the ATC - October 2022

Alumni Kickball and Picnic - July 2022

Love Your Park Service Day - November 2021

Alumni Hike and Cookout - September 2021

Alumni Dragon Boating - 2022 & 2023 

The POBS Dragons took the gold in their division at the 2023 Independence Dragon Boat Regatta! 

Learn more and view photos >


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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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.