Our mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery.
At Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS), we believe there is more in us than we know. By challenging our students through experiential learning programs, most often in an outdoor setting, we help our students discover leadership skills, confidence, and determination that improve the trajectory of their lives.
Nationally, Outward Bound has served over one million students through its experience-based outdoor leadership programs for youth and adults. VOBS has been operating in Minnesota since 1965, with courses featuring elements like canoeing, backpacking, rock climbing, dogsledding, and sea kayaking. In 2010, the Voyageur Outward Bound School launched its Twin Cities Center in order to better serve urban youth, particularly those who are most nature-deprived.
VOBS presents challenges to its students very intentionally and strategically. The deliberate progression of its courses creates “Graduated Levels of Responsibility”, guiding students towards a new-found awareness of their capabilities, and ultimately, increased confidence in themselves. While on course, participants discover tools like grit, determination, creativity, and collaboration. These tools empower them to make more positive choices upon returning to their home communities. They also discover their ability to lead and the strength of their character, enabling them to serve their communities and help create a more resilient, compassionate world.
VOBS serves both youth and adults from all walks of life. VOBS also executes programming for targeted populations such as homeless youth, combat veterans who have recently returned home, and grieving teenagers who are coping with the death of a loved one.