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THERE IS MORE IN US THAN WE KNOW. IF WE CAN BE MADE TO SEE IT, PERHAPS FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES WE WILL BE UNWILLING TO SETTLE FOR LESS.
-Kurt Hahn, Outward Bound Founder
Welcome VOBS Scholars
Good news! 
 
Thanks to our generous donors, the VOBS Scholar Portal is open again! We have more scholarships to share with those who would like to enroll on a 2022 course.
 
These funds are limited, so enroll soon. Once we exhaust these funds, the Portal will close for 2022 enrollment (and re-open again for 2023 enrollment later this fall).
 
Easy directions for enrollment appear below.
 
IMPORTANT:  Do not be discouraged if the course you choose has a waitlist. Please go ahead and enroll and waitlist. VOBS is prioritizing your enrollment and we will work to find you a spot, as long as we have funds available.

Congratulations! 

You are a Voyageur Outward Bound School Scholarship recipient-- a VOBS Scholar.

VOBS and your organization have teamed-up so you can go Outward Bound tuition-free.

Thank you for your leadership. You are receiving a full scholarship because VOBS and your school, college, university, club or organization know that you have the potential to make the world a better place.

We believe in your leadership and welcome you to enroll in the VOBS leadership expedition of your choice (see below). An “expedition” is a multi-day adventure and learning trip with your peers. Two very experienced Instructors lead your expedition, and teach you everything you need to know about surviving, thriving and having fun in the wilderness. You’ll learn practical skills, like paddling or pitching a tent, and you’ll practice vital leadership skills with your crew. You will make decisions, you will solve real life problems and you will care for others. You will get to use your unique skills and identify where you want to grow. Discover belonging through peers, strength through challenge and purpose in goals.

You can choose from a variety of leadership adventures-- anything from a 10-day canoeing expedition to a longer backpacking course. It’s up to you!

Your wilderness leadership expedition (trip) will cost $0. Please join us in thanking the VOBS donors and supporters who make Outward Bound possible for hundreds of students each year.

What is Outward Bound?

Outward Bound is a national leadership organization. We’ve been in America since 1963. There are 11 Outward Bound schools across the country. Your school is the Minnesota school-- Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS). Thousands of students go Outward Bound with VOBS every year.

VOBS isn’t a “school” in the traditional sense. Our classroom is nature. We teach leadership skills to people ages 12 and up. We specialize in working with young adults like you, to grow belonging, strength and purpose, so you can succeed at home, school and life.

What's Next?

Sign up for your free expedition! 

Click on the name of your organization below to choose your leadership adventure.

You’ll land on a page with a list of open leadership courses. 

Choose the course that’s right for you and follow directions to enroll. Don't forget to review our COVID-19 practices along the way. When you enroll on a course, we expect you to be fully committed to participating and graduating. Before you enroll, please make sure the dates work for you, your family, and your summer plans. 

Complete the enrollment process as outlined in your enrollment packet email from your course advisor. 

If you need help or have questions, Megan Thiele, VOBS' Course Advisor, is very friendly, and standing by-- please reach out:

Email: megan.thiele@vobs.org

Phone Number: (218) 491-6790

 

 

VOBS Scholar Partner Organizations
Click on your organization below to choose your course and begin the enrollment process.

TESTIMONIALS

What this trip taught me, is that every single 'I can't' is an 'I won't' and that I have the power to change that and make it an 'I can'

~ Gicel, Age 15, Boundary Waters Canoeing & Backpacking Alum

Without the noise of their regular lives, kids have a chance to just be, to hear themselves think, to connect with the larger world. They see the world is big and they start thinking about their place in it.

~ Gayle Smaller, Founder, New Lens Mentoring Society

This course made me feel nervous and excited at first, exhausted and desperate in the middle and stress-free and happy at the end. This experience will help me go forward with new challenges because I can always look back and say if I could hike 18 miles in 4 days, I can do this.'

~ Carlos, Age 15, The Fellowship Initiative Alum

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