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Outward Bound is the premier provider of experience-based outdoor leadership programs for youth and adults. The center of Outward Bound’s educational philosophy is the belief that for young people to succeed, they need character growth and skills to assume leadership roles and take positive approaches to life’s challenges. By engaging students in demanding situations, often in unfamiliar environments, Outward Bound allows students to develop as leaders while also encouraging self-reliance, physical fitness, craftsmanship, service to those in need and the environment and, above all, compassion.

Our school uses the wilderness as our classroom and wilderness activities as vehicles for learning. Our classrooms include the beautiful Delaware Water Gap, the rocky Appalachian Trail, and Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park and rich green spaces. Depending on the area, activities include, backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, map and compass use, a high ropes challenge course, service projects and leadership training.

This year, the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) expects to serve more than 5,000 students on single day Insight programs and multi-day expeditions.