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A Bold Audacious Goal: The Grand Portage

Nine miles of sweat, grime, grit and finally, glory. Outward Bound is hard – by design. But that doesn’t mean throwing students to the wolves and hoping for the best. A big part of course is learning to set goals and then working toward them. Grind through struggles, persist through the uncertainties, celebrate successes and…

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Service with a Smile

Diego’s shirt was filthy, caked with dirt and sweat, but all I could focus on was the smile on his face. He kept looking at me the entire time as he stood up to his full height, lifted his knee, and then hurled the ball towards me. Then it seemed like time slowed down. It…

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All Youth Are at Risk; Outdoor Programs Can Help

Sometimes we work with teens. Sometimes we work with at-risk teens. But I repeat myself. When we talk of “at-risk” youth we often think of the outside factors that teens are “at-risk” for: friends, drugs, failing school, etc. But I think we should be more concerned about the internal factors that influence these decisions. Self-confidence…

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Theory of Change Part 3: The Impact

The impact of an Outward Bound course is both different for everyone, yet the same. Chia Vang, a 2013 graduate of Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) and a partner school, the River’s Edge Academy shared, “these programs taught me about moving past obstacles and what it means to be a leader.” She goes on to…