Life on the Trail: An Instructor’s Perspective

Article and photos by POBS instructor Joe K. To return to POBS as an expedition instructor after a winter of rest means to hit the ground running. Within a day of our spring season beginning, we’re back on the Appalachian Trail. I get to share meals with people I have been missing, and return to… READ MORE >

From Desk Jockey to Outward Bound Instructor

The day Aaron Bonfante’s life changed began in the usual manner, with a busy morning in his office at Commerce Square, the high-rise office building complex in Center City Philadelphia where he worked as an auditor with a global accounting firm. Then, just after a lunch spent daydreaming about rock climbing, something caught his eye…. READ MORE >

POBS Creates New HR Team: Welcome Kristy and Shanna!

After eight years serving graduate students and alumni at the University of Pennsylvania, Kristy Crocetto began searching for a job with a smaller non-profit that had ties to nature and education. Then she saw an ad that said the Philadelphia Outward Bound School was looking for a new Associate Director of HR and Culture. “I… READ MORE >

POBS is on TikTok! Here’s Why…

Here at the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, most of our students are middle and high school age, and it makes sense for us to “meet them where they are at.” And where they are at is on social media, mostly Instagram and now more increasingly, TikTok. And the truth is, for all its lip-syncing teenagers,… READ MORE >

POBS and Partner Akin Gump to Receive “Faces of Philanthropy” Honor

We are pleased to share that Akin Gump Philadelphia along with the Philadelphia Outward Bound School have been selected as a Philadelphia Business Journal Faces of Philanthropy honoree for our partnership! Akin Gump is a longtime POBS supporter who recently sponsored the 2021 Building Adventure event, and it was that philanthropic initiative that earned this award. Both… READ MORE >

December 2021 Newsletter: People Are Talking!

Students, educators, and other POBS clients have nice things to say about their experience with our programs – this month we’ve put some of their letters together in a new Testimonials page.  We also have an update on community events at The Discover Center, as well as some timely announcements, one being: we’re hiring! What… READ MORE >

What Happens on Insight Days

Special Guest Blog Post by Assistant Instructor Madeline Troyer Backpacking has changed who I am as a person. Through backpacking, I have learned the importance of finding joy even on the worst days, how to care for others, what it is like to slow down in life and enjoy the presence of other people and… READ MORE >