Free LGBTQ youth hiking expedition

The program provides full-tuition scholarships for highly motivated LGBTQ+ youth from under-resourced communities to attend an Outward Bound wilderness course.

Outward Bound  LGBTQ+ courses are designed for LGBTQ+ teens to build community and cultivate self-efficacy through service-learning, leadership development, and self-discovery in natural environments. This course is staffed with Instructors who have lived experiences with and demonstrated support for the LGBTQ+ community. Staff strive to create a safe space for teens who have experienced being marginalized due to their identity, and/or are exploring their sexual and/or gender identity to build community and cultivate self-efficacy. Students should expect a traditional Outward Bound course structure, where they’ll learn technical skills and take responsibility for daily activities, while also developing relationships and building community with other LGBTQ+ youth.               

Who Qualifies

  • Identify as LGBTQ+
  • Between ages 14-17 while on course
  • Are from under-resourced communities and for whom a scholarship would remove financial barriers.
  • Really excited to attend an Outward Bound course (needs to be motivated by the applicant – not parents or mentors)

If you meet the above criteria, you can apply!

Applications for 2022 are open now, priority deadline March 12th, rolling after that – you can complete the application here!


2022 Course Details

Course Location: High Sierra

Course dates: July 27 – August 9, 2022

Activities: Backpacking


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