Voyageur Outward Bound School
Thank you for being part of the Voyageur Outward Bound School community and welcome to the inaugural Voyageur Trail Notes newsletter!

Our staff and instructors use Trail Notes throughout the season to stay connected. Although, unlike our instructors, we know we haven't been the best at reaching out and keeping in touch with you and our community. As we launch this newsletter, consider this our first trail note to you, with many more to come. We look forward to staying connected in the future!

As you read through our first note, if you have additional information you'd like to receive from VOBS or see included in our Trail Notes, please reach out to Holly Noble at

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"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved."
— Helen Keller


This August, VOBS wraps up the summer season and we reflect as a team on our successes, our struggles, what we did and didn't accomplish, funny, heartwarming, tough and always learning moments. Take some time, find your favorite spot and ask yourself these same questions. Be sure to express appreciation to those you shared those moments with or feel free to share them with us (!

Life moves so quickly. It's important to take time to reflect, show appreciation, and make plans for the future.


  • Nature Valley's newest commercial, asking three generations "what did you like to do as a kid?" reminding us about the power of nature and the growing need for it with today's youth.

  • #SheMovesMountains - North Face's Instagram campaign to "canvas the world with stories of female explorers to ignite more."

  • This heartwarming story of a teen's hot dog stand and the Minneapolis inspectors who paid for his permit.

A note from Executive Director, Jack Lee:

For more than 50 years, Voyageur Outward Bound School has been unlocking people's potential, building social emotional skills, and revealing their obligation to lead and serve others.

The proven curriculum of Outward Bound uses hands-on challenges in a wilderness setting -- away from technology and distractions -- to reveal people's true character and leadership.

We serve individuals and groups: from struggling teens to returning veterans, homeless young adults and African American males, from high schools to universities and businesses.

At a time when we need more engagement and leadership from our citizens and more character and compassion from our leaders, Outward Bound is here.

~ Jack Lee ~
Enroll Now on a Fall Course at Voyageur!
Although summer is coming to its end, the fall season at VOBS is just around the corner! Whether you are interested in trying a new skill or refining a passion; staying close to home or exploring a new part of the country, we have an expedition for you. Check out all upcoming courses here!

Or, look by individual course below:
Community Connections

"Tough, yet gentle. Humble, yet bold."

~ Bob Pieh ~

We're better together and want to tell you all about it. We look forward to sharing some bold stories about discovery, impact and collaboration in our community. Read on to connect with the adventure.

Read: Community for a Better World Blog

Alumni Spotlight

Maxine Davis, VOBS Alumna

We're so excited to feature Maxine Davis as a VOBS alumna for this issue, and even prouder of her work with Women Outward Bound.

Fifty years ago, girls were not allowed to participate in the rigorous U.S. Outward Bound wilderness school until 24 women
broke that barrier. Find out how one month of surviving in the Northwoods of Minnesota and Canada changed them...and history...forever.

Check out the Women Outward Bound Site

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2017  we were able to run more than 200 programs! Our donors provided programming to over 3,000 students across more than 17,000 program days. This is more than double the number of students we worked with in 2012.

If you would like to share feedback on our 2017 Annual Report or have questions about the impact of our programs, we would love to hear from you!

Email Courtney Kupsch, Director of Development at or call 651-401-0635

Alumni Opportunities:

As a VOBS alumni, we encourage you to stay in touch, share your memories and pass on your knowledge. Below are some ways to remain in contact or get involved.

Stay Connected:

Stay Involved:

All of these opportunities can be found at our alumni website:

Upcoming Event:

Urban Growler Carnitas for a Cause
Voyageur Outward Bound School

Where: Urban Growler

When: Sunday, August 12
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join us at Urban Growler Brewing Company for an opportunity to learn more about VOBS and the students that benefit from our programming. Funds raised will directly support getting youth on Outward Bound Courses. Over 75% of our students receive scholarship funding thanks to supporters like you!

Get Tickets Here

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Ely, MN 55731
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