Intercept Parent Renewal Boundary Waters Canoeing

Unplug. Gain Perspective. Experience the power of Outward Bound firsthand.
Experience autumn in the Boundary Waters; paddle through morning mist, witness changing fall colors reflected off the water, find solace in an overnight solo experience and rejoice with few bugs this time of year. The adult canoe expedition provides a stimulating lesson in teamwork, perseverance and personal development. Gain satisfaction in meeting an expedition goal, growth from learning to work effectively with new peers and the support that comes from sharing experiences in challenging environments.

Designed for Parents who have experienced the Intercept Program with their son or daughter, this course is tailored to adults ready to claim their own Outward Bound experience. Plug in to the fundamentals of the natural world. Acquire essential outdoor skills and experience rugged wilderness adventures as skills Instructors encourage you to surpass expectations and discover “there is more in you than you know.”

Course Area

Established in 1964, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is a labyrinth of lakes and rocks that has been specifically protected as a true American wilderness: no roads, power lines, or motorized craft may enter its borders. Therefore, the Boundary Waters has changed little since its unveiling when the glaciers melted 10,000 years ago. Over 1 million acres in size, the BWCAW extends nearly 150 miles along the Canadian border. With over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, nearly 2,200 designated campsites and more than 1,000 lakes and streams, the BWCAW is an amazing place to experience the wilderness.

The BWCAW contains portage-linked lakes and streams, interspersed with islands, forests and crags. It has no piped water, prepared shelters or signs to point the way. Within these borders you can canoe, portage and camp in the spirit of the French-Canadian Voyageurs of 200 years ago. The Boundary Waters’ 1,200 miles of paddling routes offer outstanding opportunities for solitude, remoteness, teamwork, adventure, and challenge.

Sample Itinerary

The following is an example of what your course itinerary may look like. Your actual itinerary will vary according to weather, student skills and abilities, and Instructor preferences.

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Packing List

Wilderness travel means you can and, for your comfort should, carry a lot less than you do in the regular world; most experienced wilderness travelers will tell you that they bring about the same amount of gear on a three-day trip as they would on a three-week trip. This Packing List has been refined over 50 years of Voyageur Outward Bound School expeditions. Please stick to it closely. It is designed to ensure that you have everything you need to be safe and comfortable during your expedition.

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The 30+ expeditions include a special focus based upon the premise that living a balanced, satisfying, exciting life is not a matter of chance, but requires periodic examination and fine-tuning. With physical challenge, time for rest and reflection and conversations dedicated to evaluating life’s priorities, our adult courses are refreshing, reaffirming and rejuvenating. This course is designed for you, not your family or kids. Continue the journey.

Dates Days Age Tuition Course #
9/18/16 – 9/25/16 7 30+ $1795 VMIC-670

Please be prepared to fly or drive to Duluth on the 18th, stay overnight and then meet up with your Brigade at 8 AM on the 19th at the Duluth Airport.

Reserve your spot today and speak with a Course Advisor.

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