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 >

November 2022 Newsletter

30 Years Later, She’s Still Outward Bound Student Danielle Merritt went on the first POBS expedition in 1993. Years later, teacher Danielle Merritt brought her students on POBS expeditions. Read her story > POBS Instructor Hikes the Appalachian Trail! Field Instructor Madeline Troyer hiked all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 128 days…. READ MORE >

Philadelphia Outward Bound Celebrates 30 Years

Chanel Hill Tribune Staff Writer November 15, 2022 When Danielle Merritt went on a school trip at Beeber Middle School in the early 1990s, she never thought how that trip would change her life. Merritt, who is currently the assistant principal at the Samuel W. Pennypacker School, was among a group of 40 Philadelphia public… READ MORE >

October 2022 Newsletter

Watch “The Founding of POBS” Part of celebrating our 30th anniversary this year has meant looking back at how and why we were founded. So we put together a video in which our founders tell the story themselves.  Learn why they wanted to create an Outward Bound school for the young people of Philadelphia, and how they… READ MORE >

POBS Executive Director Meg Wise Named a Metro Philadelphia Education Power Player

The Metro Philadelphia Education Power Players list recognizes individuals and organizations with innovative ideas and strategies for tackling systemic challenges in education. These Power Players are working to create greater access to quality education, foster collaboration between schools and communities, support the long-term success of all students, and ensure that every student is learning. POBS… READ MORE >