November 2023 Newsletter

"You Get Used to the Weight on Your Shoulders"

13 year-old Blaine Elementary School 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, there is actually a whole outdoor world of nature that we never see.” Read Jayden's story >

The Discovery Center Named a "Special Place"

The Discovery Center was recognized by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council with its "2023 Special Places Award," an honor given to a special place that demonstrates environmental leadership, community impact and innovative planning and design practice. Read more and watch the video >

Check Out Our Favorite Photos of 2023

In 2023, students and instructors used course cameras to capture their experience both on expedition and day programs. The results were outstanding -- hundreds of photos rolled in from the field, and we wanted to share some of our favorites. View photos >

Applications Now Open for Summer 2024 Merit Award Courses

Every year, Philadelphia Outward Bound School offers four fully-funded merit award courses. Admission to these courses is highly selective and includes an application, essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview.

Read more and apply now >

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