Our Approach

What it means to be Outward Bound

At Outward Bound we use the term “authentic adventure” to describe the activities we offer to our participants. The following six elements are a way of describing what we mean by authentic adventure within Outward Bound. The whole adventure is often described as a journey both physical and methaphorical where participants gain new insights and experiences working with others in a close group in the outdoors with a skilled instructor.

EXPEDITIONS
Expeditions
An expedition might be a whole day or a number of days with bivouacs or wild camps. Expeditions involve a journey either on land or on the water. The longer time period of an expedition can allow for real consequences and real responsibility. On an expedition opportunities arise to encounter highs and lows; drama as well as tranquility. There will be challenges, along with chances to look back at the journey taken.
EXPEDITIONS
challenging activities
Challenging activities
A critical element in an Outward Bound experience is engaging with challenging activities in the natural environment. These can include biking, surf life saving, sailing, or paddling on the sea or lake and ideally are incorporated into the expedition. By adding these challenging activities, we are more likely to take participants to the edge of their capabilities, creating new experiences from which they can learn.
challenging activities
AS SELF-RELIANT AS POSSIBLE
As self-reliant as possible
Self-reliance is about encouraging participants to take responsibility for themselves and each other. They will take responsibility throughout their experience, in activities, life at Outward Bound and participating in reviews. Self- reliance can be related to small tasks, such as tying boot laces and adjusting backpack straps or larger tasks such as the complexity of leading a group through paddling on the sea. Experiencing self-reliance can support a sense of self-efficacy in participants.
AS SELF-RELIANT AS POSSIBLE
IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
In the natural environment
In our context, adventuring in the natural environment is about spending time in challenging outdoor places – beaches, lakes, and sea. We aim to provide opportunities for participants to feel immersed in the natural environment, this can involve snorkeling, camping on an island, kayaking at sea, sailing or participating in a solo. We believe by doing this, participants can discover new things about themselves and new perspectives on the world around them.
IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
BEING CHALLENGED AT THE EDGE OF YOUR CAPABILITIES
Being challenged at the edge of your capabilities
This is about facing challenges at or near the edge of your capabilities but without exceeding your limits. Everyone has different levels of experience, skill and confidence. Participants have different levels of fitness and different comfort zone thresholds. Outward Bound instructors consider the individual and aim to lead adventures at a level which will be challenging, sometimes very challenging but not overwhelming. When the level is just right participants see themselves in a new light which is engaging, motivating and instructive about who they are and what they are capable of.
BEING CHALLENGED AT THE EDGE OF YOUR CAPABILITIES
PROGRESSIVE
Progressive
Outward Bound courses are progressive. Taking participants from whichever starting point they are at before the course towards new places relevant for them. At the beginning of a course the instructor will lead and the participants follow; as the program develops the instructor will then always be looking for opportunities to pass the responsibility to participants, where this is appropriate. Outward Bound courses are much more than a combination of standalone activities – they progressively open up new experiences, demand new skills and unveil new awareness.
PROGRESSIVE

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