We believe that ‘there is more in us than we know.’
At Voyageur Outward Bound School we believe in the potential of every individual. We believe when people discover strength of character, an aptitude for leadership and a desire to serve, it has a positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them. And that discovery has the power to make the world a better place. Outward Bound changes lives through challenge and discovery. We offer life-changing expeditions for everyone, regardless of social or economic status, race or gender, from struggling teens, to first generation urban youth, adults in transition or veterans integrating back into life outside of active duty.
For over 50 years, we have been changing lives by using the wilderness as a classroom to provide unparalleled opportunities for personal growth, self-reliance, confidence, teamwork and compassion.
Our full portfolio of programs ranges from part-day programming to wilderness programs lasting a full semester. Canoeing, camping, rock climbing, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding and urban adventure programs serve as the educational vehicle for social and emotional learning and character development. In all of VOBS programs, tight-knit groups are led through sequenced challenges designed to discover and improve skills such as emotion management, teamwork, initiative, problem solving, responsibility and empathy. This learning occurs for both the individual and the group. Voyageur Outward Bound School students experience the benefit of personal challenge and the positive effects of nature as they build critical life skills.
This course, although incredibly physically straining, was just as mentally refreshing. I have a deeper connection with nature as well as with myself. I am leaving this experience with a drive to succeed.
~ Justin, age 15, Rivers Edge Academy
Having the chance to test my limits and reflect has really helped me. This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Truly.
~ Erica, Age 17, River’s Edge Academy Alumnus
Completing the 7-day canoeing course helped to regain confidence in myself that I thought was gone. I didn’t think I would finish but I did … I was humbly thankful to have this opportunity, and I will remember it forever!
~ Angela, age 45, Veteran Course
This trip taught me how to control myself in tough times and to also have fun while out in the wild. I also learned that you need to take care of your group and yourself when you’re challenged in life.
~ Jason, Age 15, Phoenix Military Academy Alumnus
Thank you for such a wonderful, life-changing experience for Celina. Our family gained invaluable tools from the VOBS program, and truly this may be the one thing that saves Celina and enables her to succeed in life.
~ Grandparents of an Intercept Alumnus
I now see myself as someone better and stronger. I carry on a positive attitude and set higher expectations and challenges. Becoming a Voyageur Outward Bound School student made me feel proud of myself like I never have in my whole entire life.
~ Dara, age 16, Summer Search Course
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