Course Information

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Let's get started with your application!  You will need about 10 minutes to complete the application.

For this application, we will be asking for the following information:

  • Contact information for applicant (and parent/guardian information for participants under 18)
  • Local emergency contact (for participants 18 and over)
  • Basic medical information
  • Liability release form signed by applicant (and parent/guardian for participants under 18)

Welcome Message

Welcome Participant & Family,


The staff and instructors at Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) look forward to seeing you on your upcoming Insight Day at the challenge course!


What is Outward Bound?  Outward Bound is the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. It is a national network of Schools providing hundreds of courses in wilderness and urban environments.


Our mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery.  We do this by conducting safe, experiential learning and adventure-based courses.  Courses are structured to encourage self-discovery and growth, and inspire confidence, self-reliance, leadership, character, compassion and service to self, others and the environment. Using a variety of outdoor activities as vehicles for learning, participants are challenged to build relationships and foster teamwork, and exercise leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills in an exciting and challenging environment – all while having fun with peers and colleagues.


What is an Insight Program?  Insight is a single-day, outdoor, experiential learning and team building opportunity.  During the approximate 5-6 hour day, participants use problem solving, constructive communication and team-oriented approaches to work collaboratively and navigate the day.  Participants are in the natural world, meeting challenges, practicing leadership, managing risk, and working closely with their group.  Our goal is to have participants apply their experiences and learning back into their educational and work environments and in their daily lives. 


What should participants bring & wear?  The most important things to bring - a good attitude, open mind and adventurous spirit.  Outward Bound provides all necessary technical equipment. Participants must wear closed-toed, laced shoes and dress appropriate for the weather and an active day outside.  Electronic devices are not permitted during the program.

Covid-19 Mitigation? Participants will be asked to follow current CDC recommendations around mask wearing and distancing. Current guidelines will be discussed as a part of course planning with the school or organization.

Questions or Concerns? Please contact Associate Director of Admissions & Medical Screening, Aisha Burrell at 215-372- 8929.

We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Lauren Stables & Aisha Burrell

Applicant Information

First, we'll collect some information about the applicant.

Jr, Sr, III, etc.


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Understanding an applicant's gender identity helps our staff provide the best support, both in preparation for course and on course. Options are included for applicants who do not identify exclusively as male or female.

Be sure to enter a valid email or the liability release will fail to process

Parent/Guardian Information (Required If Applicant is Under the Age of 18)

Jr, Sr, III, etc.

Be sure to enter a valid email or the liability release will fail to process

Emergency Contact

Please list someone local who would be available to pick up the participant in case of emergency.

Applicant Medical Information

Outward Bound courses are physically and emotionally demanding. Thus, it would be helpful for our staff to know the following information about the participant’s health; however, it is your responsibility to determine if you (or your child) can participate safely. The information below will be provided to medical personnel in the event of an emergency. Outward Bound strives to make reasonable accommodations for student medical and physical conditions. If you (or your child) need an accommodation, please confer with us as far ahead of time as possible so we can try to assist you.

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, Outward Bound strongly recommends that you consult with the  participant’s medical provider prior to participating on the course. Our course advisors are also available to answer  any questions that you might have about the activities, to help you make a decision.  

Liability Release

Participant Information
Parent/Guardian Signature

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Participant Signature

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