Outward Bound Netherlands is an educational charity that uses nature as a metaphor for day-to-day life. We take young people out of their comfort zones and place them in challenging and unfamiliar settings. They experience a series of activities and exercises designed to instil self-confidence, creativity, accountability and compassion. Participants return with an improved sense of self, better social skills and an awareness of their place in the world.

Our Mission


To unlock the potential in young people through adventure and discovery, challenging them to care about themselves, others and the world around them. We work according to the following values:

  • A BELIEF THAT WE ALL HAVE UNDISCOVERED POTENTIAL.

    We aim to create moments when everyone can see and believe in themselves as never before and translate such moments into lessons for everyday life.

  • A BELIEF IN THE POWER AND INTENSITY OF LEARNING THROUGH ADVENTURE IN THE WILD.

    As a means of bringing out the best in people.

  • A DEEP APPRECIATION OF THE BALANCE BETWEEN RISK, REWARD AND RESPONSIBILITY.

    We want people to have intense experiences with real consequences and powerful, positive and memorable outcomes.

  • A SPIRIT OF RESPECT AND COMPASSION.

    We aim to stretch people both physically and mentally. In doing so we act with care, concern and generosity towards people and the natural environment.

“There is more to us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less”Dr Kurt Hahn, Founder Outward Bound