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The Spirit and Purpose of Homeplace

There wasn’t much left to say. We were in a double ring circle, arm-in-arm, taking a few deep breaths before plunging back into our lives. It could have been a course-end circle-up at Homeplace in 1964, ’75, ’87, ’96, 2003 or just this past summer. Call it Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) or Minnesota Outward…

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Challenging what is to pursue what could be.

In 1964, Minnesota Outward Bound School, or MOBS, provided outdoor expeditions for young men that would challenge their character and inspire their determination to serve their communities once they returned back home. At that time, if a young woman wanted to join in on the adventure, she was told no. But all of that changed…

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Keeping the Flame Alive

When I mention that I work for Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS), someone often asks whether we “just serve at-risk kids.” I explain that we serve a wide variety of students, but that yes, one of our programs helps young people who are struggling to make positive choices. We don’t call these students “at-risk.” We…

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