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 >
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 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 >
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 >
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 >
To current and future students of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School: While we have never met, I know that you have begun or are about to embark on an amazing journey. I am years past my Outward Bound expeditions and want to share with you some of my reflections on my experience. My journey to… READ MORE >
Appointment of Meg Wise comes as experiential education organization prepares to open new Fairmount Park HQ, celebrate 25th anniversary A veteran nonprofit executive with deep experience in Philadelphia’s education and non-profit communities has been selected to serve as the new Executive Director for the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, a non-profit experiential education organization that serves… READ MORE >
20+ year Executive Director, Katie Newsom Pastuszek, becomes Chief Advancement Officer of Outward Bound USA
A Letter from the Executive Director, Outward Bound USA To Outward Bound Family, Friends and Partners: I am pleased to announce that Katie Newsom Pastuszek will be joining the Outward Bound USA (OBUSA) team as the new Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), effective July 1, 2018. Katie joins the OB USA team with more than 20… READ MORE >
Fox29 challenged their morning news team to compete at the Philadelphia Outward Bound School’s Corporate Challenge. Reporters, Richard Curtis and Quincy Harris, partnered up with POBS alumni Damir, Sheliya, and Jill to complete various high ropes elements on our new aerial teams challenge course. Watch this live news segment to see how they faired.
This is an open letter to the donors of the Outward Bound Veterans Programs. I am a 72 year old U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, I have been granted 100% disability by the Veterans Administration which 70% is from PTSD. I have suffered from this syndrome for the past 50 years. The 26… READ MORE >