Philadelphia Youth Leadership Corps (PYLC)

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Challenge yourself backpacking and canoeing through the S-shaped chasms of the Delaware River Water Gap on this leadership-building journey.

DATES: Monday, June 17, 2019 – Sunday, June 30, 2019

AGES: For students entering grades 10-12

Take the ultimate challenge as you and a select team of students from your community embark on a 14-day multi-element expedition featuring backpacking, rock climbing, and canoeing in and around the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The Youth Leadership Corps are designed for high school students who are looking to improve their understanding of leadership, who are interested in a challenge, and are open to learning skills that will offer the lifelong benefits and perspective that only wilderness travel with Outward Bound can offer.

Successful completion of your course demands mastery of skills, trust, fitness, confidence, tenacity, leadership, initiative, and compassion. The promotion of these qualities, and the discovery of your true capabilities, is the purpose of Outward Bound. You will climb, camp, hike, and paddle your way past limits, beyond measure, and into a world of self-discovery. To the top, to the edge, to the depths of your soul, you’ll learn what it takes to be a leader.

The Philadelphia Youth Leadership Corps is a merit-based scholarship expedition awarded to some of the area’s elite youth leaders who are excited to challenge themselves and discover their leadership potential. This scholarship is available for rising Juniors (summer between Sophomore and Junior year) interested in attending this summer’s expedition in the Delaware Water Gap.

Looking for our Get Out And Lead course for 12-14  year olds? Head here.


  • Complete the Application, which includes a Personal Essay, and Letters of Recommendation.
  • Those selected for the course will pay a $100


Push yourself or nominate someone you know for this unique scholarship-funded opportunity. Please submit all applications to Jennifer Raymond at [email protected].

After we receive your materials, you will be contacted for a brief interview.

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