Outward Bound courses build confidence and develop our students' abilities to interact and work effectively with others and can improve achievement and progress in school. These are the outcomes common to all of our programs:
Character: Demonstrating increased self-awareness and self-confidence while demonstrating understanding and compassion toward others.
Leadership: Demonstrating the ability to set goals and inspire and guide others to achieve them; the ability to collaborate, communicate, solve problems and resolve conflicts effectively.
Service: Demonstrating social and environmental responsibility and a desire to actively engage in service to others.
At the end of each course, we ask our students to fill out a survey we call our Outward Bound Outcomes Instrument (OBOI). We ask questions about things like what their expectations were before course, what they thought of their instructors and what they’ll take away from their experience. These surveys are our way of tracking the impact of our courses and how we can serve our students better.
96% say they gained KNOWLEDGE that they can use in everyday life. 93% say they are more likely to ACCOMPLISH their goals. 90% say they are more likely to ASSIST people who need help.
In 2015, Outward Bound California participated in a research project with Alpenglow Education Consulting around the benefits of activities that increase an individual’s grit and resiliency.
To read the full results of the survey that 283 High Sierra expedition students took, click here.
"Our course was full of challenges that met our veterans on every level; physically, mentally, and emotionally. The care that our guides showed during the course was exceptional. Our crew experienced the full gamut of emotions, hardships, and victories in a relatively short, five-day course. These hardships and victories translated well into the lives of our group and everyone expressed a sense of empowerment, to achieve their goals and succeed at life, because of the lessons that they learned while on course." —Joe Drullard on Veterans Course
“I learned how much of the challenges we face truly are mental…there is always the choice to be positive and push on. I realized how often I tend to ignore that choice and I’m now so much more aware of it.” —Brooke Helms
“I overcame many of my self-imposed limits and thus grew into a more complete person through this experience.” —Larry Han
“We all have the ability to make a change if we are assertive, compassionate and responsible.” —Maggie Neas