Dear Omaha Outward Bound School Supporter:

Outward Bound teaches “through the sea, not to the sea.” In our 8th year of operation, we have yet to run a course in an ocean, but we continue to push the envelope every day: running courses after-school and during school, outside and inside, on rock faces in Minnesota, on rivers in Iowa, on lakes in Nebraska, and on assets like the Hitchcock Rock Wall and Hitchcock High Ropes Challenge Course.

In 2016, we served 2,417 students through 163 programs. Our students included youth and adults, at public and private schools, nonprofit groups, and corporate entities.

Evaluation and continuous feedback are central to improving our efforts to provide transformational experiences for the students we serve. In 2016, 100% of our adult participants indicated that they would recommend the Omaha Outward Bound School as a teambuilding experience above all others, and 95% learned new things about their team members. Among youth participants, 83% felt closer to their team or classmates and 82% would recommend Outward Bound to other youth. Perhaps even more significantly, 81% were proud of what they accomplished through their course, and 73% felt more positive about themselves.

Our committed staff of experiential education professionals—led by Program & Safety Director Ben Hoffman and Director of Operations Todd Mercural-Chapman—has afforded a great record of safety, risk management and quality programming that challenges students to experience the central dictate of all Outward Bound courses—that “there is more in us than we know.”

These outcomes were reflected in programs like the Police-Youth Challenge (detailed on page 20 of this report), NorthStar after-school programming, and in the curriculum of Mindfulness Programming for Youth (also, detailed on page 19).

Our core values of Compassion, Integrity, Excellence and Inclusion & Diversity are central to an Outward Bound student’s experience. The Omaha Outward Bound School does not teach students to be expert rock climbers, but teaches rock climbing in order to build a student’s ability to venture into unfamiliar territory and engage in self-discovery. As Outward Bound founder Kurt Hahn believed, “There exists within everyone a grand passion, an outlandish thirst for adventure, a desire to live boldly and vividly through the journey of life.”

Thank you for investing both the human and financial capital to transform lives. Your support makes our work possible.

Scott Hazelrigg J.D.
Omaha Outward Bound School