During the transition to new leadership in 2022, Outward Bound USA’s Board of Directors launched important work to inform a new national strategy. Together with leadership from each of the ten Regional Outward Bound Schools, Outward Bound USA assessed the current operational landscape and identified key areas for improvement. The new strategy would be approved in early 2023, however, multiple meetings across 2022 informed this short-term vision statement:
Outward Bound USA aims to support, amplify, and grow the capacity of our regional schools, where students are prepared with 21st-century skills to be ready for work, life, and civic leadership in an evolving world. Our work is guided by an unwavering commitment to our students, equity, adventure, and safety.
Between 2023 and 2030, OBUSA will lead, guide, and support this work through targeted initiatives designed for:
Create new and expanded capacity in Regional Schools by positioning Outward Bound as an educational partner to parents, schools, and corporations.
Accelerate access to the outdoors for underrepresented communities.
Provide a leading-edge research and development engine to continuously improve program outcomes.
Cultivate a workplace that attracts, develops, and retains the best outdoor educators and administrative professionals in the US.