Verdun Adventure Bound (VAB) received its 501 (C)(3) nonprofit status in 1999. Our mission is to pursue one’s “True Self” and “True Significance”. Our philosophy promotes the advancement of personal growth towards the development of a fully human, fully alive, and self-actualized human being. The belief is that each person’s life is a journey from the ME to the WE to the ONE. We find our true purpose when we become an instrument of peace and an integral part of a selfless human endeavor for a better world.
VAB provides children team building experiences that support and promote personal growth and learning from the environment. The organization customizes programs to the needs of local public, private and parochial schools along with church groups beginning at 8 years of age. These inclusive programs also serve at-risk youth with economic, mental and/or emotional needs. VAB is also strongly committed to providing support to the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America in Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. Church youth groups in this same region are invited to participate in programs as well.
VAB’s primary focal points of its programs include the exploration of self, group dynamics and community service. Our curriculum reflects a wide range of life skills and subjects designed to broaden the outlook and education of our youth and adults.
“Challenge by Choice” is the theme. Physical, mental and emotional challenges are integrated in an effort to produce positive life changing experiences. We believe that given knowledge, opportunity and support, our participants can begin the journey from the ME to the WE to the ONE. We are the key to a brighter and better future for mankind and the planet we inhabit.
VAB is committed to providing an outdoor educational experience that enhances the ability of participants to become balanced, ethical and responsible members of the world we share. This is achieved through learning from the environment, overcoming obstacles, and interacting with fellow human beings.
VAB’s approach is centered on placing groups of participants outdoors in controlled-risk situations that present them with physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. In overcoming these challenges, participants develop new skills, strengthen existing ones and discover how to interact in trusting, mutually supportive ways.
At Verdun Adventure Bound, the outdoors is our classroom. All exercises emphasize safety first and contain educational components that help create a strong sense of environmental conservation and stewardship.