Meet Philadelphia Outward Bound Schools’ Board of Trustees!

Who Are the Board of Trustees? As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Philadelphia Outward Bound School is governed by a Board of Trustees. Trustees work collaboratively to establish and execute strategic and other planning goals. They also participate on committees, some of which focus on safety, finances, and fundraising. Trustees have limited direct interaction with… READ MORE >

A Message from Outward Bound USA’s Executive Director

Dear Outward Bound Community, With the rest of our country and the world, we watched Wednesday as shocking events unfolded at the nation’s Capitol, as a group of rioters violently disrupted what was meant to be the first steps in a peaceful transfer of power for our democracy. Wednesday’s events were disturbing, unprecedented and criminal,… READ MORE >

Partner Spotlight | Snider Hockey

The Philadelphia Outward Bound School is privileged to work with schools and organizations across the city – including with longtime partners at the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. Snider Hockey is a nationally acclaimed non-profit that uses the sport of hockey to educate and empower under-resourced youth of Philadelphia to prosper in the game of… READ MORE >

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 >

Rappeller Spotlight | Noelle Kellich

What made you want to rappel off a skyscraper for Outward Bound? My friend Mitch Young, who is on your board, told me about it and I was like, “Yes, I want to do that. I want to rappel off a skyscraper.” My daughter and I both climb at Philadelphia Rock Gyms, and I knew… READ MORE >

Meet Our Alumni | Imani D.

When Coach Rastrick first visited Imani’s classroom to talk about Outward Bound, Imani was thrilled. She remembered thinking, “They have that program here?!” Extracurriculars, like sports teams or clubs, weren’t offered at her previous school, and Outward Bound sounded pretty exciting – like the adventures of books and movies. Being a self-described “city girl,” Imani… READ MORE >

Action Steps for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Earlier this summer when protests started in Philadelphia and across the country expressing outrage at the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, POBS – like many other organizations – took to social media to show our support for #BlackLivesMatter and to announce our… READ MORE >

History of Outward Bound

Outward Bound has grown considerably since its inception when Kurt Hahn first developed a curriculum that placed equal emphasis on the development of character and the intellect in the classrooms of the Gordonstoun School in 1934 Scotland. Although today’s Outward Bound expeditions have adapted to the needs of our modern society, our programs remain true… READ MORE >

Reflecting on Outward Bound: Q&A with Emilia Rastrick

Since 2007, Emilia Rastrick has been the Health and Physical Education teacher at Lingelbach Elementary School. Emilia has chaperoned more than 14 Peer Leadership expeditions and participated in countless day programs with her students. When Emilia told us that this would be her last school year with the School District of Philadelphia, we were sad… READ MORE >

Get Outside Gala | Exploring the Wissahickon

As an avid backpacker, I was committed to sharing my love of the trail with my daughter, Ruby, who turns two at the end of May. Our hiking journey began at three weeks old when I carried her on her first hike in the Wissahickon. As the months went on I carried her through snow-covered… READ MORE >