Happy Holidays from Voyageur Outward Bound!
Voyageur Outward Bound School
Photo Credit: Holly Noble; Location: Big Bend Ranch State Park
The holiday season is upon us and here at Voyageur Outward Bound School, we are filled with both gratitude and appreciation for all that has happened in 2018.

We are grateful to our donors and grant/foundation support for helping us serve over 2,000 students throughout 2018.

We are grateful to our staff, for working tirelessly, day in and day out, to provide exceptional student programming, and a high standard of safety and service to everyone you interact with.

We are grateful for each other, for providing an incredibly supportive environment along with bringing passion each and every day with you to this work.

And we are eternally grateful to our students and partners, without you, we couldn't and wouldn't do what we do. Your stories inspire us, each and every day, and we are continuously amazed at the incredible human beings and moments of compassion and service we encounter on a daily basis.

As we wrap up this year, we are reminded that there truly is, more in us than we know, and we will be entering 2019 with a sense of adventure and excitement for all that is to come.

Love from, your Voyageur Outward Bound Crew
Photo credit: Menno Lammerts von Bueren; Location: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Photo Credit: Holly Noble; Location: The Rio Grande, Big Bend Ranch State Park
Upcoming Winter Courses
Texas Big Bend Desert Backpacking for Adults
Available Dates:
  • Dec. 30, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019 (18+ and 30+ options)

Available Dates:
  • Jan. 22 - Mar. 12, 2019 (ages 17-21)

Intercept Texas Big Bend Backpacking
Available Dates:
  • Jan. 22 - Feb. 18, 2019 (ages 14-17)
  • Mar. 5 - Apr. 1, 2019 (ages 14-17)

Texas Big Bend Canoeing for Adults
Available Dates:
  • Jan. 16-23, 2019 (30+)
Boundary Waters Dog Sledding & Texas Big Bend Leadership Semester
Available Dates:
  • Jan. 26 - Mar. 30, 2019 (18+)

Available Dates:
  • Feb. 22 - Mar. 23, 2019 (ages 18-25)
What's it like in Big Bend, Texas you ask?
Get a taste by watching this AMAZING video of our fall staff travel by staff member @benpkosh: whitewater canoeing on the Rio Grande and Backpacking in Big Bend National Park
and Big Bend Ranch State Park.
Registration is now open for the upcoming Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and WFR Recertification courses at Voyageur Outward Bound School.

Registration is available to the public.

Priority will be given to 2019 VOBS employees until January 31st and then registrations in the order they are received.

Course Dates:
Wilderness First Responder - 5/7/19-5/14/19
WFR Re-certification - 5/3/19 - 5/5/19

On the Blog
Joyful Commonalities

"We are grateful to work with institutions and individuals who care about creating compassionate and ethical community... this year, as in past, we co-designed and delivered a 23-Day Leadership Expedition -- Experiential Leadership Through Wilderness Expedition -- to launch St. Norbert's innovative Gap Experience. Students backpacked, climbed and paddled, learning through each other, for each other. But VOBS is just the beginning of an amazing adventure that takes students across our country and beyond."

Read the full post on the blog!

Photo credit: David Morgan
Apply today to join the Voyageur Outward Bound School crew!

It is the people that make Outward Bound the powerful change agent that it is - and has been for over 75 years. Our vibrant culture is comprised of individuals who are passionate about personal and professional growth, committed to serving others and excel at finding joy working with students in both urban environments and remote wilderness areas.

Applications are now open for 2019 Field and Intern Positions!

View available jobs here.

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:
  • Share your story or be a reference.
  • Make a donation or host a fundraiser.

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

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