"The students who go on course discover how to connect with one another, create traditions around meals and are encouraged to reach new heights. They then bring those skills back to camp and ultimately, back home. The older students return with confidence, ready to be role models for the next generation of campers. We are excited to see our partnership with Outward Bound grow."
- Eric N,Witherbee Wilderness Program Director
"Our students returned from their (Outward Bound California) experiences more confident, more centered and more focused on their futures. Not only did they learn rock climbing and an appreciation for camping and nature, they learned self-confidence, leadership and team work skills…The most heart-warming is the students plan to go camping and hiking again. Outward Bound sparked a passion that will continue with our students throughout their lives."
- Vonda V, Principal of Black Rock High School
Outward Bound California believes that a collaborative spirit on and off course is the best way to see a well-rounded community thrive.
Through Outward Bound California’s bases in the High Sierras, Joshua Tree and San Francisco Bay Area, students can embark on a multi-week wilderness backpacking trip, gain deeper cultural understanding on an Urban Expedition, build community through a one-day rock climbing course and much more! We are committed to serving low-income, traditionally excluded populations and effective community partnerships, giving two in three of our students a full or partial scholarship. Since 2008, we have served more than 5,000 students.
Outward Bound California has been fortunate to partner with the following schools, governing bodies, and non-profit organizations throughout the state of California:
Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School, Los Angeles
Gateway Middle School, San Francisco KIPP King Collegiate High School, San Lorenzo KIPP San Jose Collegiate, San Jose Leadership Public School- San Jose Leadership Public School- Richmond Lodestar Community Charter School, Oakland Redwood Academy of Ukiah, Ukiah Willow Creek Academy, Sausalito
Bakersfield Veterans Center Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Sierra National Forest Generation Green U.S. Forest Service
Abraham Lincoln High School, San Francisco Arvin High School, Arvin Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland Leadership Public School- San Jose Leadership Public School- Richmond Lodestar Community Charter School MetWest High School, Oakland Mt. Diablo High School, Concord San Francisco International High School Urban Promise Academy, Oakland Visitacion Valley Middle School, San Francisco
Eastside College Preparatory School Drew School Live Oak School Sacred Heart Schools (Convent and Stuart Hall) Sonoma State University Tilden Preparatory School University of Florida Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) City of Perris Thrival Academy
Friends of the Urban Forest, San Francisco Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles Larkin Street Youth Services Los Angeles Audubon Outdoor Educators Institute (OEI), Oakland San Francisco Achievers Summer Search The SMART Program, San Francisco Team Rubicon Y.E.S. Nature to Neighborhoods, Richmond
If your company, organization, or department would like to partner with Outward Bound California, contact Emma Rapp, Director of Communications and Outreach at email@example.com.
Outward Bound operates under a U.S. Forest Services special use permit in the Sierra National Forest. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
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