Meet Erica: Hometown Instructor

“When I first came to The Discovery Center, I immediately had that home-away-from-home moment,” said Erica Wiggins, a lead instructor at Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS). Wiggins’ Strawberry Mansion roots run deep – both she and her Mom grew up a few blocks away from what is now The Discovery Center. “The Strawberry Mansion Reservoir… READ MORE >

Your “PAL” in the Community

“When I bring Police Athletic League campers to the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, my goal is simply to open their eyes to something new,” says Officer Glenn Haskins, Center Director of North Penn Police Athletic League (PAL). “I want them to step out of the box, challenge themselves, and be ready to absorb what’s coming…. READ MORE >

POBS Welcomes Justin Ennis as our New Executive Director!

Justin Ennis brings strong Philadelphia roots and more than 15 years championing youth development and equity in public education to leadership position. He will start August 16. The Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) is thrilled to announce the selection of Justin Ennis as new Executive Director. Ennis joins the POBS team with more than 15… READ MORE >

Springside Chestnut Hill Senior Project at POBS!

“Since my first trip in 7th grade, Outward Bound has made a huge impact on my life,” said Grace, a senior from Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH). “Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) has provided me with so many amazing opportunities to meet new people and learn new things about myself. By doing my senior project here,… READ MORE >

The Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

“When I was in Middle School, I did two expeditions with Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), where I learned that I really loved being outside, and it’s a huge reason I’m pursuing an environmental career today,” said Teora, a senior from The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. “I’ve known about The Discovery… READ MORE >

Reimagining School Partnerships with Learning Network 11

POBS’ Partnership with Neighborhood Schools Will Help Track Student Outcomes “I learned a lot about leadership,” said 12 year-old Ben, reflecting on his Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) experience. “I’ve learned to be more open with people. And overall, I’ve learned to help my group more and just to be more selfless.” “When I go… READ MORE >

Did a Woman Lead the First Outward Bound Expedition?

Yes, her name was Marina Ewald. Kurt Hahn is known as the founder of Outward Bound and the father of experiential education. Less widely known is his colleague who initiated the birth of expeditionary learning, a woman named Marina Ewald. Ewald was a geographer and co-director of the Salem School, the first school Hahn founded. In… READ MORE >