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The Domains of Thriving is a tool centered on the social-emotional areas of human development that students experience on an Outward Bound course. It serves as a framework for instructors to plan curriculum and activities as well as a guide for evaluating program impact.
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They say retirement is a new adventure. After 34 years teaching in the School District of Philadelphia, Kerry Lubin, seen kneeling with students above right, jumped at the chance to become an Outward Bound instructor. Read the December 2023 Newsletter >
13 year-old student Jayden B. embarked on a 10-day Outward Bound expedition this summer. He overcame homesickness and realized, in his words, "that there is more to the world than Philly and cell phones...” Read the November 2023 newsletter >
This year’s Building Adventure – our high-adrenaline fundraiser in which participants earn the opportunity to rappel down a skyscraper in Center City – saw 115 rappellers and some 1,300 individual donations bring in over $225,000 to fund POBS programs. Read the October newsletter>
Our new Executive Director, Justin Ennis, jumped into the role with both feet -- embarking on his first expedition just a few weeks after joining us. Not only that, he wrote about it! Read the September newsletter >
Erica Wiggins grew up just blocks away from POBS headquarters in North Philadelphia. “Working for POBS is everything I hoped it would be,” she said. “Especially being a young, urban kid that had no prior experience in the wilderness. Now I get to pass on what I’ve learned to other people that look like me.” See the August 2023 Newsletter >
The Environmental and Outdoor Leadership Program is a 10-week paid internship program at The Discovery Center to expose Philadelphia students to nature and the outdoor industry through hands-on experiences in local conservation, watershed protection, leadership development, and career exploration. Read all about it in the May 2023 Newsletter >
At POBS, one of our goals is to better understand and quantify the effects our programs have on the youth we serve - to find and share the data behind the “magic.” Our partnership with Learning Network 11 presents a new opportunity to do just that. Read all about it in the April 2023 Newsletter >
Northeast High School teacher Andrew Adams shares his thoughts on the Appalachian Trail and Outward Bound, and how both inspire him to make education more relevant to students. Read the January 2023 Newsletter >
Taj Murdock is a native of North Philadelphia where he leads a youth mentoring program called Men of Courage. After Taj learned about Outward Bound by visiting The Discovery Center, he and his Men of Courage experienced POBS Insight Day programming, and then Taj embarked on a life-changing expedition.
Student Danielle Merritt went on the first POBS expedition in 1993. Years later, teacher Danielle Merritt brought her students on POBS expeditions.
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 made it happen.
One of the goals when POBS was founded 30 years ago was to introduce Philadelphia public school students to their city. And what better way to do that than with a multi-day Outward Bound expedition?
On Saturday, October 1, you are invited to Discovery Fest, an all-day, family-friendly festival at The Discovery Center! Plus, get to know the James McLane Family Challenge Course!
POBS course photos are now online for expedition crew members to view, download and treasure. Plus, a student reflection letter and an introduction to one of POBS' nicest instructors!
Learn how the concept of Challenge by Choice informs our rock climbing course, get your POBS gear on in our newly opened School Store, and sign up to join us for an Alumni Kickball Game & Picnic. Also, learn about our upcoming Distance Challenge!
This issue highlights our amazing staff, including the fascinating tale of how an office worker left all that behind to become an Outward Bound instructor.
The 2021 Annual Report highlights our accomplishments over the past year and demonstrates our impact through both data and storytelling. It's chock full of fun facts, photos, updates and stories, and it will give you a feel for what we are all about!