Step one: Complete the online enrollment by clicking on Reserve Your Spot Today (above), or call to enroll (866-467-7651 or 503-946-3404)
Step two: You will receive a personalized Registration E-Mail from your Course Advisor within 48 hours.
Step three: Complete the paperwork that we have directed you to on this website.
Step four: We may need a couple of weeks to review your enrollment packet and approve your participation.
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In addition to technical skills, Outward Bound instructors will teach and facilitate the interpersonal skills that will allow the group to function effectively as a team to accomplish set goals. Outward Bound courses are team environments where students work closely together to travel, navigate and camp every day. Throughout Outward Bound’s 50-year history, we strive to deliver new perspective on compassion and being of service to others.
Most backpacking sections include the opportunity for a peak attempt. Peak attempts are daylong enterprises often entailing pre-dawn starts. Peak attempts on this course do not typically require the use of technical gear. As the last days of course draw near, students will be able to maximize their independence and decision making as instructors empower them to use newly acquired confidence and skills to make the decisions that will see them through the final days of their adventure.
Each Outward Bound course in Washington includes a solo experience. Istructors thoughtfully manage solo so that it is a time where students can relax from the physical and mental rigors of course and spend some time reflecting upon the experience. While students will be largely alone during this time, they will be camping close to the instructor basecamp and they instructors will check on students regularly.
Our courses also include a service component. Service projects range widely depending on the course, but may include projects such as trail repair, removal of invasive species, assisting at our local food bank farm or doing repairs at our community non-profit nursing home. Successful completion of your course demands mastery of skills, trust, fitness, confidence, tenacity, leadership, initiative and compassion. The promotion of these qualities and the discovery of what strength is in you is the purpose of Outward Bound.
Air travel for youth courses
Virtually all airlines require that passengers age 14 or younger that fly without a companion over the age of 18 pay for their “Unaccompanied Minor” service. This fee ranges anywhere from $40 to $75 each way. In most cases, the Unaccompanied Minor service is OPTIONAL for travelers between the ages of 15-17. For logistical reasons, we recommend that you DO NOT choose unaccompanied minor service for students over 14. If you have additional questions, please contact your Course Advisor.
We know that younger teens represent a diverse group. For some students, Outward Bound is their first time away from home; others are veteran travelers who have attended Outward Bound before. We plan Youth courses to set students up for success no matter where they are starting on the spectrum of wilderness experience.
The mental social and physical challenges they will encounter are very real and meeting them is a very real accomplishment. Depending on the course area and activity that may mean basecamp time to acclimatize, or a highly structured environment with clear expectations and a daily routine.
Our course area hosts some of the most famous alpine climbing and backpacking routes in the United States. Our backpacking programs operate in the Pasayten Wilderness on the east side of the North Cascades and receive significantly less rainfall than the western coast of Washington.
North Cascades Alpine Backpacking & Rock Climbing - (Ages 14-16)
Backpacking and Rock Climbing in the spectacular North Cascades is an ideal course for younger teens, and will give students the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in the United States as students travel through the mountain range nicknamed the “American Alps”.