About Upward Bound

Thirty-eight years ago, several District 214 special education teachers attended the nationally famous Outward Bound Program and felt that Mother Nature had a lot of lessons to offer to teenagers. Problem-solving strategies that work, how to be an effective member of a group, self-reliance, improved self-esteem, an appreciation of nature, and a wide variety of practical outdoor skills that apply to daily life are just a sampling of what Mother Nature has to offer all of us! Those same teachers returned home and started a program known as Upward Bound, District 214's scaled-down version of Outward Bound. Since then, the program has changed and continues to change.

Currently, sessions are eight days long and four to five different trips are scheduled throughout the summer. This year, each session will run from 7:30 a.m until 3:30 p.m, originating daily from Prospect High School.  Day trips may include activities including: team building, low ropes challenge courses, indoor rock wall climbing, swimming, canoeing/kayaking, hiking and biking. These activities allow students to explore problem-solving strategies, to practice how to be an effective member of a group, and to be more self-reliant. By attending Upward Bound, students gain skills that contribute to improved self-esteem and a greater appreciation of nature. Students will also learn a wide variety of practical outdoor skills that apply to daily life. 

All of the instructors in the program are certified District 214 employees from Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, Forest View Alternative School, Hersey, Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, and Vanguard. Instructors complete training each year to insure the safest possible trip. Be advised, though, that your student will come back possibly bruised, scratched, dirty, bitten, exhausted, and, hopefully, very proud of what they accomplished! 

You can't find a better outdoor education bargain anywhere; the cost to you is only $175.00 plus daily busing, if needed. Everything else (climbing equipment, canoes, etc.) is provided by the school district.  Also, your student can earn .5 elective credit, or may qualify to earn 1 semester of P.E. make-up credit (P.E. credit requires special permission from District 214's Associate Superintendent for Student Services, Janis Morgan 847-718-7657). Regardless of the need for additional credits, this is an excellent opportunity so, take advantage of it!

If you would like your student to experience the outdoors in an educational setting, simply contact your student’s counselor to start the registration process.

If you have any questions, please call 847-718-7865

Who should attend Upward Bound?

Upward Bound was created with the intent to give every District 214 student an opportunity to attend, at least once. In fact, it is a goal of the Upward Bound staff to have every District 214 student participate in at least one. In fact, it is a goal of the Upward Bound staff to have every District 214 student participate in at least one session over the course of a student’s career in District 214.  The experience is a once in a lifetime chance to learn life skills and bond with fellow peers and faculty from District 214. Because it it’s a school-sponsored trip, the cost is EXTREMELY reasonable at only $175.
Upward Bound has had such great reviews, often times our attendees are veterans and enjoy attending Upward Bound more than once. Yes, parents, school, homework, drama…it all gets stressful, so why not let nature relax you at an exciting, fun filled, Upward Bound getaway? Enjoy beautiful nature walks, hiking, canoeing, and so much more.
Just think of all the super cool Facebook pictures you’ll have!  So, don’t sit at home and watch some boring re-runs of Oprah and Judge Judy, come along with us this summer on a D214 Upward Bound Trip!