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A Restorative Approach

At Voyageur Outward Bound School, our courses focus on developing an inclusive and restorative culture. A challenging environment where adversity and conflict are often vehicles for learning. Our Associate Program Director, Tyler Fish, said it best, Positive group culture isn’t without conflict. It is when people are honest, without being hurtful.” So how do we…

Becoming Voyageurs

The landscape around us has changed. Almost overnight, it seems as we have entered a different world. Where once we paddled amongst tea stained, shallow, and still lakes, now before us stretches vast water, stretching straight west to east, with towering cliffs 300 feet tall at least, towering on either side. The choked and mysterious…

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Phase Change

Every year the beautiful lake at Homeplace turns from a summer-time escape from the heat into a frozen winter playground. The ice forms first around the edges, then spreads out towards the middle of the lake. As this happens, you can hear the “tinkle tinkle” sound of the first small ice crystals freezing into place…