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North Cascades Canoeing & Rock Climbing - (Ages 12-13)

Ross Lake
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Course Details

    Location: Washington
    Activities: Rock Climbing, Canoeing
    Tuition & Fees: $2295
    Financial Aid Available: Yes

Canoeing and rock climbing in the spectacular North Cascades are ideal challenges for students aged 12-14. This course provides  opportunities to explore some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in the United States by canoe. Join us and learn expedition canoeing on the crystal-clear waters of Ross Lake in the heart of the mountain range nicknamed the “American Alps”,

Available Courses

How to Enroll

Steps to becoming a Northwest Outward Bound course paricipant:
Step one: Complete the online enrollment by clicking on Reserve Your Spot Today (above), or call to enroll (866-467-7651 or 503-946-3404, option 3)
Step two: You will receive a personalized Registration E-Mail from your Course Advisor within 48 hours.
Step three: Complete the paperwork that we have directed you to on this website.
Step four: We may need a couple of weeks to review your enrollment packet and approve your participation.

Enrollment Packet & Course Information

Enrollment Packet Deadline Policy: All applicants must adhere to the due dates listed in the Registration E-Mail. If you are unable to meet the requested deadlines, please be sure to contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Otherwise, your spot on the course will be opened up to another student.
 Youth Application

Physician Exam Form

Admissions & Enrollment Policies

Note: Supplemental Forms may apply if we need more specific information about you. Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine which supplemental forms are required for your enrollment packet.

This section contain details that are key to the specific course you have enrolled on. This information will come in handy when packing, planning, and preparing for the adventure you have chosen. Please read these documents CAREFULLY and contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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Travel Details

Course Description

Attending Outward Bound

Course Preparation & Physical Fitness

Information on Completing & Returning Forms

Supplemental Forms & Scholarship

Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine if any of the following forms are required for your enrollment process. AGAIN, note the DUE DATE in your Registration E-Mail.
The Northwest Outward Bound School offers financial assistance in the form of Needs-Based Scholarships. The scholarships typically do not exceed 1/2 of the base cost. In order to receive an award offer, you will have to enroll in your chosen course, go through the enrollment and medical screening process and be officially cleared to participate on the course. There is a $500 deposit that must be paid at the time of enrollment, which is refundable if your scholarship award does not meet your needs. Please note that all scholarship applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and awards are strictly based on need and scholarship money availability. The application form is available below. Please contact Skye Clifford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have any questions regarding the Needs-Based Scholarships, and/or other questions regarding financing for your course.
 Need-Based Scholarship Application

Course Description

Students will be picked up at the Seattle Airport on the first day of course and drive to a campsite deep in the North Cascades from which they will embark on their expedition. Immediately upon arrival, students will have a chance to get acquainted with their new surroundings and start building the teamwork and other technical skills needed for travel in the backcountry. The small group of 7-9 get to know each other quickly under the guidance of three experienced staff who are always present, dedicated to making this trip  successful for all students.

On the morning of the second day, the backcountry expedition begins! Students learn how to navigate on the water, organize equipment, prepare meals, and understand local ecology and natural history. Emerald-colored Ross Lake is surrounded by high peaks and flanked by blankets of lush green cedar and fir forests. Students will hike down to the lake with overnight gear and food and then paddle a short distance to the first established campsite along the lake. Students will encounter unforgettable natural wonders including snowfed waterfalls flowing into the lake, eagles circling overhead in search of trout, and miles of clear blue water reflecting the peaks above. Following the canoe expedition, students will head to our basecamp in the Methow Valley to rock climb at our excellent climbing sites along the base of glacially sculpted Goat Wall. Each student will learn the basics of climbing technique, belaying and knots.  Students build even more trust and confidence in themselves and their fellow expedition members as they belay and encourage one another.
In addition to technical skills, Outward Bound instructors will teach and facilitate interpersonal skills which allow the group to function effectively as a team to accomplish their set goals. Outward Bound Courses are team environments where students work closely together to travel, navigate and camp every day. Throughout Outward Bound’s 50-year history and into the present, we strive and teach to development of new perspectives on compassion and being of service to others.
All Outward Bound Courses in Washington integrate service, and we maintain close relationships with local land management agencies so that our students have the opportunity to enact meaningful, visible impacts on their course area.. Our Canoeing & Rock Climbing courses often aid in the invaluable service of removing invasive species from the Ross Lake ecosystem in partnership with the National Park Service.
Successful completion of this course demands tenacity, leadership, and compassion. The challenges of course, the support of instructors and fellow students, and the opportunity to learn through meaningful experiences usher in a discovery of the strength within; this is the purpose of Outward Bound. 
Air Travel for Youth Courses
Virtually all airlines require that passengers age 14 or younger that fly without a companion over the age of 18 pay for their “Unaccompanied Minor” service. This fee ranges anywhere from $40 to $75 each way. In most cases, the Unaccompanied Minor service is OPTIONAL for travelers between the ages of 15-17. For logistical reasons, we recommend that you DO NOT choose unaccompanied minor service for students over 14. If you have additional questions, please contact your course advisor.
We know that younger students represent a diverse group. For some students, Outward Bound is their first time away from home; others are veteran travelers. We plan Youth Courses to set students up for success no matter where they are starting on the spectrum of wilderness experience. The mental, social and physical challenges they will encounter are very real and meeting them is a very real accomplishment.  
The Attending Outward Bound document contains VERY important information that could affect your students course experience. Please read it thoroughly. By requesting an Application for Outward Bound you are accountable for and subject to the information contained on these pages.

Course Area

The North Cascades are called the “American Alps” for their rugged beauty and glaciated peaks; they remain some of the wildest and most untrammeled wilderness in the United States. The North Cascades host the greatest concentration of glaciers in the “Lower 48” and are full of high mountain meadows peppered with wild flowers. Our canoeing programs operate on Ross Lake in North Cascades National Park on the east side of the North Cascades and receive significantly less rainfall than the western coast of Washington.

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