Students Learn ‘Above All, Compassion’

Compassion: Demonstrating concern and acting with a spirit of respect and generosity in service to others On Thompson Island we value self-reliance, craftsmanship, service, and above all, compassion, as part of Outward Bound’s unique approach to character development. Boston public … Read More

Strategic Plans to Combat the Opportunity Gap

A Message from Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center CEO Doesn’t everyone love summer? For many young people, the warm sun and sea breeze bring sailing lessons, summer camp, and family trips to National Parks. Experiences like these … Read More

Thompson Island Salt Marsh

Thompson Island Treasure

The sketch below is a student’s illustration of a food web. But something about it reminds me of an old pirate’s map. Cord grass -> mud snail -> mummichog -> muskrat -> norther harrier. 20 paces to the fallen tree … Read More

The City as Classroom

  Written by: Megan Bird, Executive Director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts and Arthur Pearson, President and CEO of Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center As summer’s blaze softens into autumn hues, our city’s children are back in the schoolhouse. For … Read More

Thompson Island Event Venues

Shared Sparks

Bonfires have always been a place for sharing. Across history and cultures, people have gathered around bonfires to share food, warmth, and stories. We may think of these fireside connections as a simple chance to step away from our modern … Read More