Every day a difference.

Join us on Thompson Island and explore an unforgettable land of beauty—a place where opportunity and adventure await, and where challenge inspires change. Just a short boat ride into the Boston Harbor Islands National Park area, here you will discover unimagined opportunities and make new memories. So take a journey to a place where Thompson Island Outward Bound programs educate, and events become extraordinary. And experience how everything we do makes a difference for Boston youth.

A journey of self-discovery through challenge and adventure.

For nearly 200 years, Boston’s Island Classroom has been igniting a love of learning in students of all ages through experiential education. Today our nationally recognized Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center programs inspire academic success, leadership and teamwork, guided by our mission to change lives through challenge and discovery.

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A world-class destination in the heart of the harbor.

Board our private ferry and you’ll be transported to a natural paradise nestled in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park area. Located just one mile from downtown Boston, Thompson Island offers the exclusivity of a private resort with the accessibility of an urban conference center.

From destination weddings to corporate clambakes, family reunions to business retreats, you’ll host an event unlike any other among rolling hills, sunset beaches, historic accommodations, and seaside vistas. And your guests will delight knowing that all proceeds support Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s youth programming and its mission to improve the lives of Boston’s urban youth.

A chance to build a better future.

For 180 years Thompson Island has been a refuge for Boston’s most vulnerable young people, providing inspiration and education and a chance to change their lives. Today our Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center programs continue this legacy of philanthropic leadership, empowering students to seek new goals, excel in school, learn to lead, and develop the compassion they need to make a difference in the world.

Your support directly serves our mission to bring Boston’s urban youth to Thompson Island and close the achievement gap for those who are most at risk and most in need. Donate, volunteer, join our 4K Run, attend the Annual Gala, or support our Capital Campaign and make the investment that will sustain our future.

4-Stars!

We are proud to announce that Thompson Island has earned a 4-star Charity Navigator rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow our finances. This rating demonstrates that Thompson Island executes our mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms many other charities in America!

Charity Navigator rates charities by evaluating two broad areas of performance: their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. The ratings show givers how efficiently a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and their level of commitment to being accountable and transparent.

We couldn’t have received this top rating without the generosity of our many supporters. Thank you for trusting us with your donations, your volunteer time, and your good will. Your trust and support means so much to us and to the young people who learn from challenge and adventure on Thompson Island!