“You get used to the weight on your shoulders”

This past summer, 13-year old Blaine Elementary School student Jayden B. embarked on a 10-day Outward Bound expedition as part of the GOAL (Get Out and Lead) program. GOAL is a merit scholarship course that is specifically designed for rising 8th grade students and includes backpacking, canoeing, and rock climbing in the Delaware Water Gap…. READ MORE >

Guest Blog Post: The Bicycle Coalition

Youth Cyclists Tackle High Ropes Course This post was written by Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling member Daa’mir Speight-Taylor (featured in the below photo on the left) recapping the adventures of the day. On Friday, July 14th, 8 students, 3 staff members and our BCYC intern took a trip to participate in Outward Bound programing at… READ MORE >

Insight Day gets students climbing

Northeast High School students participated in the Philadelphia Outward Bound School’s Insight Day on Friday at the Discovery Center in Fairmount Park. The day included team-building activities such as an outdoor ropes course, where partners were challenged to climb to the top of a large structure in harnesses as their peers belayed. “Climbing was really… READ MORE >

Noam’s Story: “He Came Back a Different Kid”

With guidance from an Outward Bound instructor, one student learns lessons in positivity The email came from the parent of a 10th grade student who had been on a two-week expedition a few months ago: “I want you to know how much this program has meant to me and my boys. Noam actually came back… READ MORE >

CB South senior lauded with Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

From the Intelligencer/Bucks County Courier February 14, 2022 Central Bucks High School South senior Jonathan Sim, of Chalfont, was recently recognized with an Infinite Potential Commendation from the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program. Sim was one of only five candidates selected out of more than 1,000 U.S. program participants. Winners were selected for demonstrating… READ MORE >

Veteran Alumni Story: Brad Brown

Every day men and women in uniform return from active duty only to face the unexpected challenges of readjusting to life at home. Outward Bound’s expeditions for Veterans are designed to help ease the often difficult transition home by drawing on the healing benefit of the wilderness, teamwork, and challenge. Thanks to the generous support… READ MORE >

Alumni Reflections: A Letter To Future Students

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 >