Dear Outward Bound Applicant,
Veterans programs are designed to be fun, fast, challenging, and suited for those in good physical condition. We make the most of the organizational and teamwork skills that you learned in the military to move groups straight into the field. Once on expedition, Outward Bound training will bring you up to speed on our wilderness travel expectations. Leadership skills will be tested as participants take over responsibility for the crew and make community plans and decisions. Our staff, sometimes Veterans themselves, have extensive experience in backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, and working with groups. You will rely on them for information and safety, but ultimately the success of the experience rests with you and your fellow Veterans.
In the wilderness, the only things you and your fellow Veterans have to work with are the gear you bring along, your skills, abilities and each other. Does this sound familiar? As a community, the group works together to deal with decisions about land navigation, camp locations, duties, and chain of command, while helping each other overcome obstacles and meet challenges.
Devoid of the distractions of everyday life, you create a safe community with your fellow Veterans in a wilderness environment. Take this opportunity to compare notes and look for answers from other people who are adjusting to life after deployment. Very often this is the first time participants have had a chance to vent their true feelings in a supportive, non-confrontational forum surrounded by fellow Veterans and the beauty of the country for which they have fought.
The enrollment process is a very important part of attaining success on your course. Please read EVERYTHING carefully, and follow the steps below. The more time you invest into this process, the more likely you will feel satisfaction with our Veterans Program.
The only expense to you is in your time, getting the correct clothing and footwear, and any incidentals, like food on your way to the course or parking associated with travel.
Please note: We are making a significant commitment to our Military Service Members so it is imperative that once you commit, you follow through and attend the course. If you cancel for reasons other than deployment, you will deplete the funds generously provided by our donors and you will have taken a slot from another deserving service member. Our investment in planning, staffing, and provisioning cannot be recovered in the event of short notice cancellations. If you have to cancel due to some unforeseen emergency, please let your Student Services representative know immediately, as given enough time, we can most likely find another student to fill your slot. Please see our Cancellation Policy for further information.
Please contact us if you have any questions about your expedition.
The Student Services Team Outward Bound California