Since its founding in 1962, OBA, Inc. (also known as Outward Bound Adventures) has engaged more than 70,000 inner-city urban youth and families to the restorative effects of time spent in wild places and open spaces. OBA’s innovative programs have increased environmental knowledge, physically and mentally challenged our youth, helped them understand the value of volunteering and stewardship and its importance in their community, all while learning about the out of door, self-mastery and career opportunities.
On returning home many participants undergo transference of experiences that assist in upgrading academic performance and improving interpersonal skills. OBA is committed to providing access to the outdoors for urban families; to develop an environmental ethic in at-risk and urban youth through challenging learning trips; and to promoting greater diversity in outdoor recreation and environmental careers.
OBA uses the wilderness, urban communities and classroom settings to teach youth and families about the natural world. We engage them in long-term outdoor initiatives and environmental learning activities that promote self-mastery, accountability, health and community service.
Those who OBA serves are all people with high potential for dramatic growth, the potential to become environmental stewards and the ability to help our great outdoors reflect the face of the greater American demographic.
OBA programs are successful because the organization makes it easy for youth and families to experience the advantages of being in the out of doors and wilderness areas. It does so by providing all that is needed to get there – the best of camping equipment (backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, boots, even warm clothes), transportation (we have our own vans), trained adult supervision, life changing programs, healthy food and culturally relevant instruction.