History of the Trust

The Outward Bound Trust was founded in 1941 by Kurt Hahn and Lawrence Holt.

Hahn, originally a German educator, settled in Scotland and founded Gordonstoun School. He was also involved in establishing the Duke Of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Holt was from the Blue Funnel Shipping Line.

The first Outward Bound school was in Aberdovey in Wales. It was initially intended as a school for merchant seamen with a mission to develop skills of self-discovery, confidence, tenacity and perseverance. Hahn and Holt wanted to pass on the same principles to future generations.

Since then over a million people have taken part in Outward Bound courses. Read some of their stories.