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VOBS Celebrates 50 Years in Outward Bound Style

At nearly 400 people, the room was crowded and jovial, the way a family reunion feels. There were hugs and handshakes and memories flowing like the Mississippi river that formed the backdrop and soundtrack to an evening of reconnection and recommitment. This past Sunday night, Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) celebrated its 50th anniversary with…

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Legendary Explorer Will Steger to Keynote 50th Celebration Event

Will Steger. This name–especially for those of us who are passionate about the outdoors–is a household one. Will Steger has led some of the most significant expeditions in history, including the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without resupply. So we’ve always been so proud that Will Steger is a former staff member….

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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…