Youth Groups

The Outward Bound Trust is an outdoor learning charity that equips young people with social and emotional skills through learning and adventure in the wild. We work with youth groups across the UK, providing experiential wilderness programmes in Snowdonia, The Lakes and The Highlands.

As a charity we can offer bursaries to almost 70% of our participants, so that as many young people as possible can benefit from a high quality residential experience.

Course Outcomes

Through our ongoing evaluation and research efforts we are able to demonstrate that our courses have real impact on young people’s attitudes, skills and behaviours.

We aim to change how young people think and feel about themselves and their lives by building their personal, social and emotional skills so they become more effective individuals, whether in education, life or work. 

Employability Skills

Read our latest research findings (77KB, pdf) and discover how Outward Bound courses help to support young people in their journey to, and within, employment.

Specific and measurable course outcomes include

  • Increased confidence and improved personal and emotional wellbeing
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Increased resilience
  • Increased confidence in learning
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of the natural environment.

For the full details, please download our Social Impact report (15KB, pdf) or visit the Impact section of our website.

A Partnership Approach

The Outward Bound Trust works in partnership with youth groups to deliver outdoor residential experiences, which are tailored to meet groups’ individual needs and values.

Throughout each course we focus on how soft skills and experiences can be transferred back into the home, school, work and community environments. This means we are very good at delivering to specific requirements or issues, from changing behaviours and raising aspirations through to developing effective leaders.

The Experience

This course achieved all of our objectives and more. The group experience started from the bus journey and each session was excellent. The course instructor took into account the needs of each individual, making sure they were all challenged equally. I have seen a direct impact on the young people, not only in their confidence but in the new friendships that have formed as a result Paula Murray, Young Careers Development Workers, Glasgow North East and East End Young Carers.

Our instructors are expert educators, with over half possessing academic qualifications for delivering learning, in addition to their outdoor qualifications. They have the skills, maturity and experience to both support and challenge young people, whether in the review rooms or up a mountain.

Whilst the immediate goal is for participants to become confident in their own abilities and more effective in their learning, we believe the skills developed during our courses enable them to continue to thrive throughout their lives.


You can choose from a range of themed courses, from Engaging in Learning to Teamwork Skills and Leadership Skills, as well as bespoke. Each course has a clear set of outcomes.

Courses we would recommend for youth groups are Adventure and Challenge (case study) and Engaging in Learning (case study).

Please get in touch to discuss your group's requirements, so we can advise you on the appropriate course.


We work hard to make the outdoors accessible to as many young people as possible through our charitable subsidies and bursary scheme.

Prices start from:

£1,404* for a 3-day residential
£2,268* for a 5-day residential

*The above prices are based on a group of twelve participants and one member of visiting staff. Final price can vary dependent upon seasonality, location chosen and eligibility of financial assistance.

The total cost is inclusive of food, accommodation and fully comprehensive insurance.


As an educational charity, we can offer financial assistance to almost 70% of our participants.
Click here for more information and to access our latest financial offers.

Adventure Challenge (pdf) - 3 day sample programme (including expedition)

Adventure Challenge (pdf) - 5 day sample programme

Engaging in Learning (pdf) - 5 day sample programme