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Theory of Change Part 1: The Foundation

This is a common reflection we hear at the Voyageur Outward Bound School. The alumnus goes on to explain a moment that had great impact and stuck with them 5, 10, or even more than 40 years later. Honestly though, they know the change didn’t happen in a moment. They know it happened in a…

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Rites of Passage

Young people have a tremendous amount of pressure to act like adults, be responsible, and be successful. In all this chaos, there is little time and energy for celebrating the rites of passage that were, at one time, more commonplace. Rites of passage can come in many forms; they can be pilgrimages, challenges, journeys, or…


Learn to Succeed – One Wilderness Trip at a Time

I was not allowed to cook often at home because I made too much of a mess. So I learned to cook on trips in the wilderness. First pancakes and macaroni, now cinnamon rolls and smoked fish. Turns out the woods is the perfect place to make a mess. Whether I was traveling with friends,…

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Voyageur Outward Bound School

Voyageur Outward Bound School is a Minnesota based non-profit school specializing in character development, leadership, and experiential education.

We believe in the potential of every individual. We believe that when people discover a strength of character, an aptitude for leadership and desire to serve, it has a positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them. And that discovery has the power to make the world a better place.

As the leader in experiential and outdoor education, Outward Bound helps students of all ages and walks of life discover and develop a strength of character, an ability to lead and a desire to serve others…that they never knew they had.