Alumni Service Week

The Alumni Service Week

We look forward to welcoming you back to Homeplace.
We at Voyageur Outward Bound School are looking forward to you joining us at Homeplace, our wilderness base near Ely, Minnesota for the Alumni Service Week! You will come together with other alumnus who are familiar with the Outward Bound challenge for this unique blend of service work and community building.

The Alumni Service Week is not designed as a standard Outward Bound course, but as an opportunity for alumni and us to benefit from each other’s energy and enthusiasm.


Homeplace is located at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, situated on Birch Lake in the Superior National Forest. It is a community in the midst of woods and water and is an ideal place to work and play.

The base is surrounded by boreal forest with giant white pines and cedars and overlooks rapids of the Kawishiwi River, carved by ice-age glaciers and just a sliver of one of the largest inland navigable waterway systems in the world. Deer, pine marten, woodpeckers, and eagles are commonly spotted right on the base camp grounds.

Course Area

The BWCAW is a million-acre expanse of lakes and granite that has been specifically protected as a true American wilderness—no roads, signs, or power lines. It has changed little since the glaciers receded 10,000 years ago.

Participants will work with Outward Bound staff, preparing for the upcoming season by working on various service projects throughout the week.

Opportunities for fun are incorporated into the week. Activities might include rock climbing and rappelling, canoeing, an overnight expedition, saunas, and visits to local points of interest such as the International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center.

Additionally, opportunities for reflection, renewal, and initiatives may be offered.

Participants will have time to interact with the base staff through the various projects and during community meals; as alumnus, you become part of the community.

Listed below are a few of the activities:

  • Painting or Staining
  • Landscaping
  • Chopping Wood
  • Setting Up Cabins
  • Repairing and Organizing Equipment

Please submit the Course Inquiry form or call (828) 239-2376 to discuss.

Minnesota Alumni Service Week

Dates Days Age Tuition Course #
9/17/16 – 9/24/16 8 18+ $150 VMOW-621

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