Our History

“To Serve, To Strive And Not To Yield”

Since the early 1960’s Outward Bound has a rich and proud history here in Minnesota. The first Outward Bound School in the states was founded in Colorado in 1962. Minnesota quickly followed, opening in 1964 in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota, by founder Bob Pieh. The Minnesota school was the first Outward Bound School with girls on course in 1965.

Twenty years later the school became officially known as the Voyageur Outward Bound School with program areas in several locations including Montana, Texas, Canada and the Twin Cities.

The Voyageur Outward Bound School was the first school in the United States to conduct urban programming.

With 50 years of wilderness programs and 27 years of urban programs, we have a long history for design of a consolidated approach in Minnesota.

April 17th, 2010 urban programming returned to the twin cities after a long hiatus. In May 2011, the Twin Cities Center was officially launched. The Twin Cities Center and Homeplace have been collaborating over the past three years and are enthusiastic about being consolidated.

Discover your best self. Since 1964, the Voyageur Outward Bound School has been delivering challenging wilderness adventures that teach more than outdoor skills.