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Catalytic learning experiences for NYC students

Our 35+ year history of deep-rooted partnership within NYC public schools combined with Outward Bound’s 60 years of expertise in outdoor education, makes us particularly well-suited to deliver impactful and immersive programming to students who have historically faced systemic barriers to outdoor education.

Whether on-site at schools, in the city, or in a wilderness-based setting, our Outdoor Adventure programs are designed to increase students’ sense of belonging and agency, and help develop skills like collaboration and initiative that transfer to the academic classroom.

These programs are best experienced within the Crew structure — NYC Outward Bound Schools’ signature advisory structure, typically comprised of 8-16 students and an adult advisor. Together, Crews of students have the opportunity to convene in nature — disconnected from technology — and build deeper relationships and trust with one another, connect with the identity and culture of their school, and work on their individual initiative and perseverance.

Crew Adventure is a joyful rite of passage for our students and staff! There is no other comparable experience for uniting a Crew and inspiring them to become a cohesive team. The confidence, courage and memories students take with them extend through their academic journeys.

Scill Chan

Principal, Brooklyn Collaborative

Take a look at our seasonal offerings:

Indoor Crew Connect

Crew Connect is our signature community building program. From mid-January through the end of March, we offer Crew Connect on-site at schools in indoor locations like gyms, libraries or cafeterias. NYC Outward Bound Schools also has conference space available for smaller groups. This 2.5-hour program helps foster relationships among participants and create a stronger sense of belonging within and connection to their team or Crew.

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Indoor Crew Climbing

Students can continue to climb indoors throughout the winter months thanks to our local partners at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge and The Cliffs at LIC. This is a great opportunity for students to hone their climbing skills, challenge themselves to reach new heights, and become closer as a Crew.

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Crew Connect

Crew Connect is our signature community building program. This program helps foster relationships among participants and create a stronger sense of belonging within and connection to their team or Crew. During the spring and fall seasons, we offer a half-day version of this program at participating schools, in a school yard or other outdoor space, and we offer a full-day version of this program at a large city park.

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Crew Climbing

This 2.5-hour program helps participants step out of their comfort zones and develop focus, commitment, tenacity and trust as they scale the tallest outdoor rock climbing wall in New York City, located on the back wall of NYC Outward Bound Schools’ headquarters in Long Island City!

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Crew Adventure

Crew Adventure is our signature wilderness-based experience for Crews of Network School students. This 2-night or 3-night trip takes place at our campsite in Fishkill, NY and offers opportunities for students to challenge themselves and support one another as they take on team building activities along with high and low ropes courses.

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Crew Connect

Crew Connect is our signature community building program. This program helps foster relationships among participants and create a stronger sense of belonging within and connection to their team or Crew. During the spring and fall seasons, we offer a half-day version of this program at participating schools, in a school yard or other outdoor space, and we offer a full-day version of this program at a large city park.

Learn More

 

 


Crew Climbing

This 2.5-hour program helps participants step out of their comfort zones and develop focus, commitment, tenacity and trust as they scale the tallest outdoor rock climbing wall in New York City, located on the back wall of NYC Outward Bound Schools’ headquarters in Long Island City!

Learn More

 

 


Crew Adventure

Crew Adventure is our signature wilderness-based experience for Crews of Network School students. This 2-night or 3-night trip takes place at our campsite in Fishkill, NY and offers opportunities for students to challenge themselves and support one another as they take on team building activities along with high and low ropes courses.

Learn More

 

Why Work With Us?

  • 100% of our current clients answered “definitely” to the statement “Our program met our specific goals and needs.”
  • Our safety record is second to none.
  • All programs are can be modified based on the client’s desired outcomes.
  • Our skilled course directors have extensive training in youth development and facilitation, and are experienced in designing and delivering programs that cater to the needs of each client.
  • Programs are offered year-round.
  • We work with students in grades 6 – 12, as well as teachers, college students, and youth workers.

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