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Changing Lives through Challenge and Discovery


Thompson Island Outward Bound is 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 core educational program for Boston public middle school students combine field science, social-emotional learning, and outdoor challenges — all infused with Outward Bound’s unique approach to promoting compassion, leadership, and service. Funded by philanthropy, private events, and fee-for-service offerings, our programs are offered at no cost to families.

A local and national treasure, Thompson Island is located in the heart of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. Since 1833, the Island has been a beacon for experiential education, empowering young people through hands-on learning and skill building and outdoor adventure and exploration. 

A Unique Learning Model

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.

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