“There is more in us than we know.
If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives,
we will be unwilling to settle for less.”

— Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound

A summer unlike any other.

Thompson Island Outward Bound aspires to unleash the potential in each student. We encourage young people to push themselves beyond their perceived limits, to tackle new challenges and to achieve their goals. Instructors emphasize skill-building, leadership, teamwork, fun and adventure. Students develop confidence, determination, a sense of responsibility and compassion for others.

Thompson Island Outward Bound Summer Expeditions

Thompson Island Outward Bound delivers summer expedition programs in the Thompson Island/Boston Harbor course area for students enrolled in the Boston Public Schools district and other established school partners. For more information and to apply email admissions@thompsonisland.org or call 617-830-5144

For all other individuals, Outward Bound continues to provide a wide variety of programs for all ages throughout the country, and internationally, through other Outward Bound schools and centers. Please visit www.outwardbound.org or call 866.467.7651 for more information.

5-day Backpacking Expeditions

Overview: We encourage young people to push themselves beyond their perceived limits, to tackle new challenges and to achieve their goals. Instructors promote active participation in all aspects of the expedition such as cooking, setting up shelters, making group decisions and reflecting on experiences. Participants spend five days in our 204-acre island preserve, where they investigate the geology and ecology of forests, salt marshes, and beaches, while learning camp craft, wilderness skills, and environmental stewardship.

Course Focus: This expedition will focus on building positive relationships as students learn to live and work with their peers in a wilderness setting. Through the use of group initiatives, daily job chart, community-based travel and living, and climbing opportunities, students will begin to identify and develop the skills sets needed to communicate, resolve conflicts and work together productively.

Students will also be afforded opportunities to practice building appropriate and positive student-adult relationships through the instructors’ use of tone setting, maintenance of group and individual safety, regular individual check-ins, and continued support of the students as they transition through the phases of expedition and group development.

Available to: Rising 7th and 8th graders enrolled in the Boston Public School district

Courses

Activity:Dates:Course area:Course #:
Backpacking + ClimbingJuly 1 - July 5, 2017Thompson Island, Boston HarborCXE17-501
Backpacking + ClimbingJuly 15 - July 19, 2017Thompson Island, Boston HarborCXE17-502
Backpacking + ClimbingAugust 4 - August 8, 2017Thompson Island, Boston HarborCXE17-503
Backpacking + ClimbingAugust 16 - August 20, 2017Thompson Island, Boston HarborCXE17-504
Backpacking + ClimbingAugust 28 - September 1, 2017Thompson Island, Boston HarborCXE17-505

7-day Kayaking Expeditions

Overview: Thompson Island Outward Bound aspires to unleash the potential in each student. Instructors promote active participation in all aspects of the expedition such as cooking, setting up shelters, making group decisions and reflecting on experiences.

The term “Outward Bound” comes from the days of tall ships and refers to the moment a ship heads for the open seas, leaving the safety of the harbor behind. Outward Bound has mirrored this philosophy in its experiential learning paradigm as we encourage students to take similar journeys within themselves.

Course Focus: This seven-day expedition will compel students to show resiliency, and apply, and further develop, their relationship-building and critical thinking skill sets in a challenging environment as they kayak throughout the Boston Harbor Islands. Each crew is made up of ten students, traveling in two-person kayaks; learning paddling techniques, capsize and rescue procedures, weather forecasting, and navigation skills. Marine habitats and shorelines are explored by day, and nights are spent camping under the stars.

Available to: Rising 7th and 8th graders enrolled in the Boston Public School district

Courses

Activity:Dates:Course area:Course #:
Sea Kayaking + ClimbingJuly 1 - July 7, 2017Boston Harbor Islands National ParkCXE17-701
Sea Kayaking + ClimbingJuly 15 - July 21, 2017Boston Harbor Islands National ParkCXE17-702

“Thompson Island was an incredible, transformative experience for my daughter. I’d even go so far as to say life changing.”

— Parent, Summer Expeditions