We believe everyone has unrealized potential. Through challenging experiences, we ask our students to reach further than they thought possible - whether that be physical, emotional, or interpersonal. We believe that when we experience the unrealized strength we possess, we will not settle for being less.
Our wilderness courses are based in the dramatic and stunning Pacific Northwest. We offer opportunities in the mountains, rivers, forests, oceans, and deserts that form Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Wilderness expeditions build character and inspire through adventure on these one to three week expeditions.
Gap Year and Semester programs take place in remote wilderness settings that broaden students' world views while building skills in teamwork and leadership. The Gap and Semester programs are an alternative for college-age students looking for something beyond the traditional classroom environment and for those who want to learn by doing. No other Outward Bound experience is as in-depth, absorbing or comprehensive as our wilderness semester courses. >MORE
School, Professional, and Group Programs
In partnership with local schools and school districts, Northwest Outward Bound School serves youth locally by delivering character and leadership building programs in urban settings. By designing programs in collaboration with teachers and educators, we aim to build character and inspire self-discovery - leading to success in school, their future, and their communities. Our schools programs vary in length from one day to semester-long programs. >More
Our groups program serve schools, colleges, youth serving organizations,. Group programs are individually designed to meet the needs of each group. Professional programs are customized for business to yield high-performance teams, cultivate a positive, supportive and empowering culture, and form greater trusting relationships between colleagues. Professional programs strengthen culture, untangle challenges, and improve performance. >MORE
Wilderness expeditions designed specifically for veterans and active service members transitioning back to civilian lives. Veterans expeditions help to reinforce the gratification, confidence, and self-worth that comes with working within a group,and build the skills necessary to successfully return to life after wartime service. > More
Designed to provide respectful healing experiences in a wilderness environment, these courses implement personal growth methodologies and a simple support model that honors the griever. The grief work that is purposefully woven into every aspect of the curriculum is not intended to provide therapy, but rather to facilitate an environment where young people can connect, build relationships, and share in a relevant healing experience with real-world outcomes.
Women-Only courses offer a rare experience: freedom from preconceived notions of traditional gender roles. Join two female instructors and other diverse women of all ages and different fitness levels in an outdoor experience of fun, growth and self-discovery.
The Outward Bound 50-day Instructor Development courses are designed to provide participants with the skills and experiences they need to begin a career in the outdoor experiential education industry. Outward Bound has trained many educators and offers a premier learning experience. By learning 'hands-on,' students will gain a better understanding of both the technical and teaching skills that will prepare them for an entry-level position as an outdoor or experiential education educator. >MORE
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