Thompson Island Outward Bound’s core mission is to build stronger, more equitable school communities by delivering free experiential learning programs that boost academic success and foster personal growth. We are a proud member of the network of 11 Outward Bound schools in the U.S. with a shared mission to change lives through challenge and discovery.
Our research-based programs blend STEM, social-emotional, and challenge-based learning, giving students a unique opportunity to build life skills alongside academic ones.
Thompson Island Outward Bound has a 200-year legacy of serving children in Boston and a 47-year partnership with the Boston Public Schools (BPS). We have been an Outward Bound school for over 30 years.
Funded by a combination of philanthropy and the Island’s private events business, our programs are offered at no cost to families.
All of our programs blend academic and social-emotional learning with outdoor adventure. When we challenge our student’s minds, hearts, and bodies, they are able to mine inner strengths and capabilities, realizing all they are and all they can become.
We offer programs for Boston public middle school and high school students, fee-for-service programs for school and youth groups, and leadership development programs for professionals.