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The Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) is a non-profit experiential education organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through active learning day programs and expeditions that inspire character development, self-discovery and service, both in and out of the classroom.

Founded in 1992, POBS has delivered challenging outdoor learning programs that embrace our mission of changing lives through challenge and discovery for over 30 years. Every Outward Bound program is built around a progression that delivers powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently step outside their comfort zones while traveling through spectacular natural environments. These landscapes, in tandem with Outward Bound's internationally-recognized curriculum, teach the hard, technical skills necessary for survival, but also teach the relevant skills necessary for life.

A large part of Outward Bound focuses on group dynamics and development; however, it can be a very personal experience as well. By conquering their own challenges, participants discover their true potential and realize they are capable of more than they ever imagined.


Our school uses the wilderness as our classroom and wilderness activities as vehicles for learning. Our classrooms include The Discovery Center in Fairmount Park, the beautiful Delaware Water Gap, and the rocky Appalachian Trail. Depending on the area, activities include backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, map and compass use, high ropes challenge courses, service projects and leadership training.

In 2022, we served over 8,500 students on day programs and multi-day expeditions.