Outward Bound Outdoor Courses

Done by: Kate N. | Lincoln High School | Carleton College '20

Helpful Links: http://www.outwardbound.org/gap-year-semester-courses/

Summary: Outward Bound offers high quality, outdoor courses for people of all ages in canoeing, sailing, mountaineering, rafting, backpacking and dog sledding. Gappers can choose from courses of varying lengths in places such as Yosemite, Boundary Waters, Maine, the Bahamas and Patagonia.

Cost: $5,975-$12,195 + airfare, scholarships available

Review: Truly an all-around wonderful experience. If you have any sort of love for the outdoors, or want to find out what your incredible body is capable of, or want to create uniquely strong bonds with the people around you, then Outward Bound is a really great option. I spent a month backpacking and rafting in Southern Utah near Moab, and it was some of the most incredible scenery I have ever witnessed. I also feel like I grew as a leader and as an advocate for myself, especially because I was one of the only women in a predominantly male group and had to overcome my fear of speaking up for myself in outnumbered settings. Outward Bound gives you skills you never knew you were missing, and equips you with the knowledge that you can tackle whatever this crazy world throws at you.

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