30 Years Later, She’s Still Committed to Outward Bound

From a student in 1993 to teacher in the 2010s and now vice-principal, Danielle Merritt’s 30-year Outward Bound journey continues Danielle Merritt had no idea her Outward Bound course in 1993 was the very first expedition of the recently formed Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), but she remembers her experience to this day. “So many… READ MORE >

Never Quit on a Bad Day: Tales from the Appalachian Trail

“Never quit on a bad day,” says Madeline Troyer, a Field Instructor for the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS). That’s the mantra which anchored Troyer as she trekked all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT). It took Troyer 128 days of continuous hiking and camping underneath the stars to walk from Springer Mountain in… READ MORE >

The Urban Expedition

The Philadelphia Urban Expedition was designed in the early days of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) to offer participants a complete Outward Bound course within the rich cultural, historical and natural environment of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. As Nancy Goldenberg, one of the founders of POBS, explains, “We… READ MORE >

Rock Climbing: Challenge by Choice

Minutes after hiking several miles in the wilderness with a 45 pound pack on his back, 12 year old Riehle (“Riley”) is beaming with excitement in anticipation of what comes next. “I’ve never done rock climbing before, but I think it’s going to be really fun!” said Riehle. Not all members of the crew are… READ MORE >

Stick Around for Growth: The Jennifer Raymond Story

An experienced Outward Bound instructor, Jennifer Raymond is the Scholarship and Recruitment Manager for the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, where she forms long-lasting relationships with POBS students. Born in Trinidad, Jennifer Raymond says she is thankful for her upbringing in the Caribbean. “It shaped who I am now and how I interact with students. It… READ MORE >