Our Bases

Twin Cities Center

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Twin Cities Center

Voyageur Outward Bound School was the first Outward Bound school in the nation to run urban youth expeditions in an urban area in 1985.

This program was called “Voyageurs in the Parks” and embodies the same principles and practices under which the Twin Cities Center continues to operate to this day.

Our Twin Cities Center creates long-term relationships with schools, non-profits and other community agencies. This intensifies the work each agency is doing to improve the lives of those we all serve. A partnership approach creates a collective capacity to address real needs and strengthens our combined impact resulting in real change.

Third Rapids

Third Rapids

Wilderness Base

Our wilderness base, affectionately referred to by staff as “Homeplace,” feels like just that: a comfortable, pleasant place where one would like to live.

While walking around the base, one quickly senses a vibrant culture and history that provides the foundation for the base.

Since 1963, Homeplace has run summer expeditions for diverse populations including women’s only courses, veterans, adults, teens, adventure seekers, and at-risk youth who seek the wilderness in order to cultivate their own excellence.

In 1970, Homeplace began to run winter expeditions on cross country skis. In 1982 sleds were built and sled dogs took to the trail with VOBS instructors and students.

Today, Homeplace prides itself on the same principles and values that Outward Bound founder and educator Kurt Hahn espoused —a commitment to serving all students and a dedication to character development through the unique lens of the wilderness.