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 >

Discovering Philadelphia’s Discovery Center

by Lorraine Lavender-Sams  Philadelphia offers a wide variety of diverse places to explore…parks, museums, food trucks, and restaurants–to name a few. But, there’s a hidden gem right in the heart of North Philadelphia. The Discovery Center is located in East Fairmount Park, at 3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121.  In a unique partnership, the Philadelphia Outward… READ MORE >

April 2022 Newsletter

From Desk Jockey to Outward Bound Instructor Aaron Bonfante gave up his office job to start a new life with Outward Bound. Read his story > Life on the Trail: An Instructor’s Perspective Outward Bound program staff undergo expedition training on the trail. POBS instructor Joe Knoblauch shares an inside view of “staff travel” – complete… 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 >

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 >