From public school teacher to Outward Bound instructor

A guest blog post by Kerry Lubin When I was a kid, my elementary school didn’t have a physical education teacher, so I ended up going to the library to get books on how to play football and basketball, and I taught myself how to play. Then I taught the neighborhood kids how to play…. READ MORE >

Breaking the Ice, Outward Bound-Style

Icebreakers are cool. But how about four days in the wilderness with your board and staff? To cap-off my first month on the job, I embarked on a 25-mile canoeing expedition down the gorgeous Delaware Water Gap with six intrepid members of the POBS board. Yeah, I know: “work.” With three of our amazing staff… READ MORE >

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 >

Northwood native to head Outward Bound School

The Philadelphia Outward Bound School — a nonprofit experiential education organization that serves youth through one-day programs and multi-day expeditions that inspire character development, self-discovery and service — recently announced the selection of Northwood native Justin Ennis as new executive director. Ennis joins the POBS team with more than 15 years of experience in the… 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 >

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 >