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Stormy Weather: An Adversity Epiphany

The air is thick and the barometric pressure is dropping. Something is brewing. Tension is building– in the atmosphere and in our crew. It’s just after 5pm on day 6 of our 8 day Boundary Waters Canoe Expedition in the Minnesota wilderness, and we’re trying to pick a campsite. “We” are seven adults, ages thirty…


New Lens on Life

“Silence is powerful.” Gayle Smaller takes off his glasses and with one sweeping gesture, invokes the grandeur of the North Shore. “Out there, the guys can hear it.” “The guys” are the promising young black men who are New Lens Urban Mentoring Society, and Gayle Smaller, New Lens founder, is a big man, with big…


Phoenix Rocks

The rock, the rope and you. Rock climbing is pretty elemental, but the experience highlights some of the most complicated components of life. Nine students from Phoenix Military Academy climb an ancient tower of lava. These young men and women are rising sophomores and this climb at Interstate State Park is the final challenge in…

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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, Voyageur Outward Bound School 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.