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Outward Bound, Inc.

Changing Lives Through Challenge and Discovery

aka Outward Bound USA   |   LaGrangeville, NY   |  http://www.outwardbound.org

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Mission

Outward Bound USA is a national network of regional schools with a shared mission of Changing Lives through Challenge and Discovery. Outward Bound serves over 50,000 individuals annually in experiential learning environments ranging from city classrooms to remote wilderness settings. Outward Bound serves students of all ages and circumstances and through a shared experience that enables participants to accomplish more than they ever thought possible. Outward Bound is dedicated to providing the highest caliber of experiential learning and education programs that create a sense of purpose, confidence and compassion within our students.

Ruling year info

1964

Chief Executive Officer

Ginger Naylor

Main address

1133 Route 55 Suite 10

LaGrangeville, NY 12540 USA

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Formerly known as

Hurricane Island Outward Bound School

Voyager Outward Bound School

Outward Bound West

Colorado Outward Bound School

Pacific Crest Outward Bound School

Outward Bound Wilderness

EIN

04-2375956

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Classic Outward Bound courses

Classic extended wilderness expeditions take students into pristine wilderness environments and help individuals discover strengths they didn’t know they had. An essential confidence-building experience, Classic courses are available year-round at locations across the country and for students of all ages. Courses range from four-day programs to several weeks-long expeditions. The average program lasts for 15 days, with challenging activities include backpacking, canyoneering, canoeing, dog sledding, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, sailing, sea kayaking, skiing and snowboarding. Whether travel is on foot, by raft, kayak or canoe or under sail, participants emerge to find out that they can do more than they thought they could.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Intercept Expeditions are specifically designed for families with teens struggling at home or in school. This highly structured and facilitated program removes students from the pressures and influences of home and school, and instead presents them with the healthy risks and real challenges of the natural world. Intercept courses focus on communication, conflict resolution and decision making tools. Students learn to examine the decisions that they have been making in their lives, and practice new ways of setting goals and connecting decisions with consequences. A carefully designed curriculum prepares students to reunite with their families, reengage in their home lives in a meaningful way, and transfer their successes at Outward Bound to the challenges they will face in the future. The expedition culminates with a facilitated conversation between the students and their families, during which students share key takeaways and collaborate with their families to make a plan for the future.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Students

Outward Bound for Veterans helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world. Outward Bound offers 6 day wilderness courses at no cost to over 600 veterans per year returning from recent conflict zones. Since 1983, we have helped thousands of returning service members and military veterans readjust to life at home through the healing power of the wilderness and by reinforcing the gratification, confidence, and self-worth that comes with working within a group. These courses build the transferable skills necessary to successfully return to life after service.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Outward Bound's professional program's goal is to create positive, lasting change in the workplace through innovative, customized programs that enhance the effectiveness of individuals, groups and organizations.

Outward Bound has assisted companies and organizations in achieving and exceeding their desired results longer than anyone else. Our action-based programs succeed because they're based on a keen understanding of what works, honed over 30 years in the business.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each School in Outward Bound's national network offers unique youth programs. There is a wide range of offerings across the U.S. including a Police/Youth Initiative in Baltimore, Insight Programs in Philadelphia and partnerships across public and charter school systems in New York City and nationwide.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

Grieving Teens Expeditions are Intended to provide respectful healing experiences in a wilderness environment, Outward Bound Grieving Teens courses implement personal growth methodologies and a simple support model that honors the griever. The grief work that is purposefully woven into every aspect of the curriculum is not intended to provide therapy, but rather to facilitate an environment where young people can connect, build relationships and share in a relevant healing experience with real-world outcomes. Participants begin to build an inclusive, supportive “crew” on day one as they join in a nightly discussion circle, acknowledge their shared losses and begin the healing process. As they tackle problem-solving challenges and engage in high impact activities such as rock climbing or ropes courses, students experience moments of self-discovery and also reinforce their new community of support – their grieving crewmates. Thanks to our donors, all participants receive reduced tuition.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Semester Expeditions

Outward Bound semester courses are the ideal alternative for college-age students looking for something beyond the traditional classroom environment and for those who want to learn by doing. No other Outward Bound experience is as in-depth, absorbing or comprehensive as our wilderness semester courses. Semester courses span the globe - across domestic and international locales including Colorado, Utah, California, Minnesota, Maine, North Carolina, Florida, Washington, Oregon, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Patagonia and Guatemala. These 30-day to 85-day courses are unique opportunities to gain real wilderness skills and develop skills in decision making, problem solving, leadership and teamwork. With activities as varied as the world we inhabit, students raft, sail, rock climb, dog sled, kayak, hike and push forward with a team as they form bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults

Instructor Development expeditions provide participants with the skills they will need to successfully and safely lead a group of students in a wilderness setting. Every phase of the expedition is focused on learning about wilderness education through direct experience and reflection. As participants strive to become a high-functioning group able to communicate effectively, make decisions and take on challenges, they also analyze teamwork and learn how to facilitate and foster it. Experienced Outward Bound Instructors conduct seminars and discussions about how to teach skills and manage a wilderness experience to achieve specific goals. In preparation to lead their own courses, participants earn their Wilderness First Responder certification and practice risk management, in a variety of settings and situations, throughout the expedition.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

On Classic Family expeditions, the main goal is to provide families (whether that is just two family members or the entire extended group) with the opportunity to experience an Outward Bound expedition together as a unit. Family participants learn by doing. As the group works together to accomplish common, challenging goals, they learn about the natural and human history of the land, they acquire valuable outdoor and safety skills, and also learn much about themselves. Throughout the expedition, Instructors facilitate discussions about family dynamics, family values, traditions and priorities, and strategies to bring Outward Bound values and design principles into the home. Classic Family expeditions are also about fun. This is a unique opportunity – and a designated time and space – for families to enjoy each other and the wilderness around them.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

PEAR Institute 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percent of students who report positive change in at least one social-emotional outcome.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

3,446 students surveyed on 3-day+ programs. Measures include: Assertiveness, Group Relationships, Perseverance, Physical Confidence, Responsibility, Self Awareness, Self Regulation, Teamwork

Percent of students who report positive change in four or more social-emotional outcomes.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

3,446 students surveyed on 3-day+ programs. Measures include: Assertiveness, Group Relationships, Perseverance, Physical Confidence, Responsibility, Self Awareness, Self Regulation, Teamwork

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Served at 10 Regional Outward Bound Schools through half-day to 80-day programs.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Outward Bound USA aims to support, amplify, and grow the capacity of our regional schools, where students are prepared with 21st-century skills to be ready for work, life, and civic leadership in an evolving world. Our work is guided by an unwavering commitment to our students, equity, adventure, and safety.

Between 2023 and 2030, OBUSA supports this work through targeted initiatives designed to:

• create new and expanded capacity in regional schools by positioning OB
as an educational partner to parents, schools, and corporations;

• accelerate access to the outdoors for underrepresented communities;

• provide a leading-edge research and development engine that will
continuously improve program outcomes; and

• cultivate a workplace that attracts, develops, and retains the best
outdoor educators and administrative professionals in the US.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand what participants have learned and how they have changed during the program.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, Many participants engage once for a short time presenting feedback collection time constraints.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Outward Bound, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Catherine Smith

Economic & Community Development, Connecticut (retired)

Term: 2019 - 2024

Lee Skold

Catherine Smith

Laura Kohler

Kohler Company

William Casazza

Aetna

John Pasmore

Bradley Thayer

Capital One

Rohan Freeman

Freeman Co.

Henry Morse

Laurie Greeno

Janelle Gale

Michael Nutter

Darren Richman

Christine Cook

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/02/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.