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Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) has been changing lives through challenge and discovery in Minnesota for more than 50 years by using the wilderness as a classroom to provide unparalleled opportunities for personal growth, self-reliance, teamwork and compassion. Through its donor-subsidized work at the Twin Cities Center and scholarships up at Homeplace and now Texas, VOBS reaches some of the neediest but also most deserving students.
"The lenses through which I see the world shape my own interpretations of it and I now choose to wear lenses of integrity and character. I will face issues headstrong without ignoring them, because I know adversity refines me. I know that to be a leader I have to work the hardest and more importantly care about the team. But most importantly, I will step out of my comfort zone with a smile on my face so that I may expand it."
"I’m not, or was not, really good at being expressive or open to people or experiences. I thought we’re going to canoe a little, have some fun, and that’s it. People do not usually find a place in my heart or thoughts but my team’s, the canoe-a-nators, instructors really helped me to be more open to people and not so skeptical. My family is not good supporters on showing emotions... Outward Bound had given me the reason to not only be open to my own emotion, but as well as to others. When I get back home I hope I can be more open with my siblings and friends. Tell them when I’m angry, sad, happy or nervous. I need to break the habit of limiting myself and put on a new set of skin."
VOBS programs currently held both in Minnesota’s stunning north country (out of our Homeplace base in Ely) and the greater Twin Cities’ abundance of beautiful natural parks and rivers include:
· Teen Programs including wilderness canoeing, sea kayaking and backpacking, dogsledding and skiing, St. Croix canoeing and rock climbing, Pathfinder leadership expeditions for motivated teens, Intercept expeditions for challenging teens, and Heroic Journey expeditions for teens struggling with loss of a loved one.
· Adult Programs including wilderness canoeing, sea kayaking and backpacking, dogsledding and skiing, Educator Expeditions, Wilderness Leaders courses, and Semester/Gap Year challenges.
· Family Programs including dogsledding and skiing and St. Croix canoeing and rock climbing.
· School and Youth Programs that work closely with school and youth development organizations, including Launch Leadership two-hour series, Insight one-to-two-day challenge programs, and five-day Peer Leadership Expeditions.
· Veterans Programs designed with veterans’ input and provided at no cost to help veterans re-adjust to life at home, including sea kayaking, dogsledding and wilderness canoeing.
Whether we are operating amidst pine trees or on the Rio Grande, our focus remains the same: the students' personal development. By challenging the students we serve through experiential learning programs, we help students discover their own leadership skills, confidence, and determination that can drastically improve the trajectory of their lives.
Every person should be given the opportunity to experience adventure and challenge, develop character and compassion, and learn leadership skills and service ethics, regardless of financial ability. Thanks to generous donations from alumni, parents, corporations, foundations, and friends, Voyageur Outward Bound School spends more than $500,000 in scholarships a year.
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