"A brief explanation"

Thirty-eight years ago, several 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