WE CHANGE LIVES THROUGH CHALLENGE AND DISCOVERY

 
We deliver our world renowned experiential learning programs to people of all ages and all walks of life.

We help our students to discover that “there is more in them than they know.”

We help our students to discover a strength of character, ability to lead, and desire to serve.

We help our students to have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.

We employ a diverse and compassionate staff of highly trained, skilled, and dedicated instructors, facilitators, and educators through a national network of regional Schools.

We partner with educational institutions, businesses, civic organizations, and parents to serve all who wish to participate.

We seek innovative ways to apply our Educational Framework to address emerging social needs.

That’s how Outward Bound has used challenge and discovery to change lives and prepare people to be capable, compassionate, and engaged leaders since our founding in the U.S. in 1962.

 
 

VISION

More resilient and compassionate individuals. A more resilient and compassionate world.

Today’s society faces unprecedented challenges. Declining economies, high unemployment, low wages, and an erosion of confidence and trust in traditional institutions requires that all of us work together to overcome these challenges.

More than ever before, we must find innovative ways to educate our youth and instill a sense of purpose, confidence, and compassion and a desire to make a positive difference in the world.

Now is a time of opportunity; a time to meet the demand for educational experiences that empower and motivate students of all ages to dedicate themselves to improve themselves and the world around them.

 
 
 

HISTORY

Outward Bound was founded in 1941 by German born educator Kurt Hahn in Aberdovey, Wales. It was originally a training school for young sailors on British merchant ships during WWII, providing the experiences and skills necessary to survive at sea. Named for the nautical term for a ship’s departure from the certainties of the harbor, Outward Bound schools prepare people to take on challenges and achieve more than they ever thought possible. Outward Bound has since founded over 40 schools in 32 countries on 6 continents, and has become the premier adventure-based education program in the world.

Outward Bound ran its first course in the United States in Colorado in 1962. Be it school age youth or corporate executives, Outward Bound boasts an alumni network of over a million people in the United States.

In 2009, Omaha Outward Bound School was created to bring high quality experiential education programs to Nebraska. Based on a curriculum that is focused on developing high quality leaders within the Omaha metro area, we serve students through school-based programs, one day challenge course programs, and frontcountry expeditions. In addition to youth programs, Omaha Outward Bound School provides programs that focus on corporate teambuilding and educator training.