Character skills can be taught – both in the classroom and in nature’s physically and challenging environments. With this curriculum we employ the experiential learning tools that Outward Bound instructors have used in the field for decades and expand them into teachable modules available to guiding, supportive teachers and adults to facilitate with their student groups. When these customizable lesson plans are used in conjunction with an Outward Bound Expedition, students are empowered by learning how to persevere through challenge, manage conflict, show compassion, and solve problems. This unique approach equips students with the life and leadership skills to transfer learning and enact positive change in their own lives and communities.


  • Apply conscientious communication skills during times of disagreement or conflict.
  • Use moments of individual and group challenge to motivate positive change.
  • Recognize responsibility and accountability for words and actions.
  • Utilize effective team skills to successfully complete group tasks.
  • Listen to and understand peers perspective.
  • Apply takeaways to home and school community
  • And more…


  • Students grapple with questions such as:
    • Why do some people overcome challenge while others give up easily?
    • What is effective communication?
    • How do our experiences shape and define us?
  • Lessons are organized by Social-Emotional Constructs
  • Customize the content to your group’s needs
  • Students learn and practice skills throughout sessions
  • Create your own series of lessons using the “favorites” feature or use one of our pre-made session maps

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Character Education Demystified by Sara Gibb

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