American Explorers


North Carolina Summer in the Books

The summer journey in North Carolina is complete for all of our American Explorers. As they return home changed by this experience, we want to thank them and their families for giving us the opportunity to teach, and more importantly, to learn from every single one of them. 

As they begin read more >


The Final Days

Our final two groups of American Explorers are closing out their last week of expedition, completing the summer programming with North Carolina Outward Bound. 

This adventure began on June 8 and over the course of six weeks, challenged, developed and nurtured 77 young leaders. This summer was an opportunity for them to push themselves beyond their physical read more >


We Asked, They Answered

As our Year 1 students close out their journey in Table Rock this week, we wanted to share their hopes for the American Explorers summer experience before they set out 20 days ago. We will interview them upon their return to capture their impressions and their hopes as future leaders read more >


A Letter Home

The American Explorers summer experience is just as much a growing moment for our young leaders as it is their families. For many of them, this is the most time they have spent apart. Any type of connection, whether through posts on the American Explorers Facebook page, updates handed down read more >


Conquering Fears

Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional

The moment our American Explorers applied to become part of the program, they made the decision to challenge themselves and everything they know. Everything was unknown: A new environment, new people, new experiences and new fears to conquer. Each read more >


The Beginning …. Table Rock, NC

A five hour bus ride from Atlanta, a brand new environment, a rainstorm and packing a backpack full of supplies needed for a seven day expedition in the  mountains of Table Rock; And all on the first day for our Year 1 American Explorers.

They all arrived safely and are ready read more >


The 2015 American Explorers Have Been Selected!

The journey begins for our 2015 American Explorers! From June 8 through July 19, 77 American Explorers will experience the thrill of outdoor education and leadership development with North Carolina Outward Bound in the mountains of Table Rock and Cedar Rock, NC and kayaking the seas of the Outer Banks.

This read more >


IT, Starlisia Bryant, Atlanta, GA

I’ve never seen this before

It’s taken me by surprise

It’s taken headphones from my ears

And pulled back the blinds from my eyes.

I’ve seen it everywhere yet it’s nowhere to be found

It lacks rhythm and bass but has all of the sounds.

You never hear it count but it knows all of the read more >


Leading Teams in Fast Moving Water by Luke O’Neill, American Explorers, Founding Director

Let me begin by saying that I absolutely love watching the process of transforming a group of total strangers into a functioning team, especially within the span of a few hours.

For many years I had the pleasure every autumn of working with a group of forty health professionals who had read more >


Base Camp Reflections, CJ Stewart, Founder, Diamond Directors, L.E.A.D., Inc., Atlanta, GA

CJ Stewart is the founder of L.E.A.D., one of our nominating partners in Atlanta. L.E.A.D. is dedicated to making the dreams of urban youth flourish and thrive. CJ flew to Montana in June with our first group of students and American Explorers had the privilege of hosting him for several read more >