RESILIENT TOGETHER

What does it mean to be resilient in a time like this? What does it look like to face adversity and unknowns with the same confidence and undefeatable spirit of a voyageur setting off into uncharted waters? We turn to what we know: to serve, to strive and not to yield. We ground ourselves not… READ MORE >

Year In Review: Top Ten Highlights of 2019

Since we measure success by the impact of our programs, our most exciting accomplishment in 2019 is the record-breaking number of students we served. This year 7,828 students participated in a POBS program – that’s a 53% increase over last year! We were excited to work with over 30 new partners – including some of our nearest… READ MORE >

Finding Purpose Through Outward Bound

Reflecting on his three years as a field instructor at Philadelphia Outward Bound School, Cole Corrigan shared with us just how transformative this work is. When Cole was 22, he had dropped out of school and was working at a bar, when he decided to go on a soul-searching journey to South America. His sister… READ MORE >

What Our Students Learn On Expedition

Challenge changes us. It can upend our preconceptions and stir up our insecurities, but if we rise to it, it can strengthen us beyond measure. Outward Bound alumni know this at their core. When reflecting on their expeditions this past summer, here’s what our students had to say about the challenges they experienced on course… READ MORE >

Success In The Classroom. Success In Life.

Danina is a student advisor at Vaux Big Picture High School, and each year, she takes her students on a program with Philadelphia Outward Bound School. She has seen first hand how Outward Bound’s curriculum demystifies the experience of learning for the young people in her classroom.

Parks On Tap

Parks On Tap is the beer garden that gives back! It is a partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and FCM Hospitality, that brings a beer garden to various parks throughout the summer. Parks on Tap is an initiative with the city that kicked off in 2016, aiming to engage the Philadelphia… READ MORE >

WHYY – You Oughta Know [VIDEO]

On May 17th, fundraisers, supporters and sponsors came together to raise over $222,978 (and counting) at Building Adventure! Proceeds from this event support thousands of students from Philadelphia and beyond participating in Philadelphia Outward Bound School outdoor and experiential learning programs. Students from Thomas K. Finletter Academics Plus School spent a day at POBS’ Wissahickon High… READ MORE >

Trustees On The Trail

In early April, Philadelphia Outward Bound School Trustees (Phil Charron, Elinor Haider, Mark Haslam, Jill Herriott, Mark Kahn, Scott McAllister and Don Smith) joined staff members Dan Hoffman and Meg Wise, and special guest Penn State Professor Peter Allison, for a three-day canoeing expedition. The group started on the just-thawed waters of the Strawberry Mansion… READ MORE >

From a new Outward Bound Alumna…

A few months ago when I was interviewing for the position of Executive Director of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, an early question was if I had ever been on an Outward Bound expedition? No. Next, would I consider going as a student? Were they kidding? Yes, yes, yes! Dog sledding in Northern Minnesota and… READ MORE >

Citizens Bank newest Champion in Action

Philadelphia Outward Bound School was named a 2019 Champion in Action® in the category of youth leadership. The award, announced jointly by Citizens Bank, NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network, includes $35,000 in unrestricted funding, as well as promotional and volunteer support for the organization’s outstanding work. Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens… READ MORE >