North Carolina Outward Bound

North Carolina Outward Bound

Driving the Parkway and stopping at the overlooks is one way to acquaint oneself with the mountains, but for those interested in forming a stronger bond Outward Bound could offer just the right program for you.


North Carolina Outward Bound, like its companions around the country, presents an entirely different aspect to the outdoors experience, combining wilderness adventure, teamwork, and skills building for virtually any person or group.

The North Carolina Outward Bound School, with headquarters in Asheville and base camp at Table Rock just south of the High Country in Burke County, is one of only four OBUSA wilderness schools in the country, along with centers in Maine, Minnesota, and Washington State.

Like its counterparts, the school gives individuals (over the age of 14), schools, community and business groups the opportunity to explore new environments, both outside and inside.

Outward Bound tests not only individual effort but working together in wilderness expeditions and other environments like the famed ropes course, following the main guidelines of ‘Safety First', ‘Learn By Doing' and ‘Live Bigger'.

The Group Expedition Programs "provide an opportunity for participants to build a bond with their peers, identify and break down stereotypes, promote compassion, build communication skills, learn problem-solving techniques, refine craftsmanship, consider environmental issues and explore personal goals and ideals."image

Whether backpacking in the Southern Appalachians around the High Country, or moving off to other adventures on The Outer Banks, Florida's 10,000 Islands, the Bahamas, Chilean Andes or Patagonia, the experiental (hands-on) education offered by Outward Bound will strengthen skills, self-confidence, and ability to work with others.

Participants can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, canoeing and whitewater rafting. Courses can be specially designed for certain groups and some activities can go toward academic credit.

North Carolina Outward Bound awards approximately $200,000 in scholarships every year. Outward Bound began as a program for training military personnel in the United Kingdom in 1941, then was brought to America in the 1950's and the first school opened in Colorado in 1961.

That represented the birth of the outdoor education industry in the Unites States and for forty years since that time Outward Bound has seen half a million alumni complete a course.

The type of program perfected by Outward Bound has been utilized in over a thousand schools, organizations and institutions nationwide.

Contact Info:
2582 Riceville Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805
Phone: 828-299-3366
Fax: 828-299-3928

See also:

Bouldering | Climbing Spots | Climbing The High Country

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