Thompson Island Outward Bound is a proud member of the network of 11 Outward Bound sites in the U.S. who share the mission of changing lives through challenge and discovery.
At Thompson Island Outward Bound, we believe every student can discover the freedom of possibility, as students move from “I can't” and “I'm not” to “I can.”
Through our partnership with Boston’s public schools, each year thousands of students board the Thompson Island Outward Bound ferry to discover who they are and all they can become on an island classroom that spans 204 acres of salt marshes, woods, campsites, labs, dormitories and dozens of challenge structures.
Playing a crucial role in closing the achievement and opportunity gaps facing Boston middle schoolers, our multi-year curriculum features hands-on field science infused with Outward Bound’s unique approach to character development, compassion and service.
Our core education programs are provided at no cost to students, funded by a combination of philanthropy and the island’s events business.
A local and national treasure, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center is located in the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, just one mile from downtown Boston. Since 1833, the island has functioned as a non-profit expanding education and life opportunities for Boston youth.