Thank you so much for your support of Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS). Our wilderness programs show people that they are capable of more than they know – through challenge, they discover they have great character, and potential for leadership, and we encourage them to use that character and leadership in the service of others.
In 2016, VOBS provided more than 200 safe and outstanding programs to over 2,100 students across 15,000+ student program days. This more than doubles the number of students we worked with in 2012.
Our programs serve everyone from teenagers needing direction, youth struggling with homelessness, educators discovering why challenge and risk are important aspects of learning, parents seeking deeper connection with their children on a family course and veterans readjusting to life at home.
Last Fall, VOBS returned to Big Bend, TX. We ran all of our planned courses and beat our program budget with more than $400,000 in revenue for the whole season. We returned to Texas with 25 years of experience in that area, to diversify our programs and offer year-round work, training and leadership opportunities for our staff.
Financially, VOBS continues to be strong. After four years of solid results and $300,000+ in surpluses, we invested money to expand to TX and move to a larger location to support our Twin Cities growth. This meant taking an intentional financial loss of $130,000 in 2016 but we expect to return to our normal financial surpluses in 2017. We manage our resources carefully so that VOBS remains an excellent investment for our supporters in addition to serving a critical mission.
We are proud of the difference VOBS makes for our students and our community. We offer safe, outstanding programs, and are reaching more and more students with the inspiring message of Outward Bound. We evaluate our impact, and are pleased to share our learnings about social emotional learning with other organizations around the world.
We could not pursue our mission – changing lives through challenge and discovery – without the generosity of our donors and foundations.
Jack Lee Executive Director Voyageur Outward Bound School
If you would like to share feedback on our Annual Report or have questions about our programs we would love to hear from you, please email: Courtney.Kupsch@vobs.org or give Courtney a call: 651.401.0635.
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