Outward Bound Skills for Life Award (15-19)
Looking to go to college, university, get an apprenticeship or perhaps start your own business?
Kick start your dreams during summer by gaining the Outward Bound Skills for Life Award.
What does the Award involve?
Beginning with the end in mind is precisely where you’ll start when embarking on the 19-day Skills for Life Award. Whether it’s college, Uni, employment or something else, this path will give you the clarity to realise your ambitions and achieve your life goals.
You’ll be encouraged throughout to reach outside of your comfort zone, discover and explore exciting new places, and make lasting new friendships. From climbing to kayaking to two multi-day expeditions, outdoor adventure will be at the heart of everything you do. Going above and beyond any other Outward Bound experience to show yourself what you’re capable of.
Attracting participants from across the country and around the world, the Award will offer you a fresh perspective on life, opening your mind to new and alternative ways of thinking.
Your dedicated instructor will play a huge role throughout this, coaching you to success and sharing their skills, knowledge and expertise so that you know how to stand out of the crowd in an ever competitive world.
The tan lines may fade, but this summer adventure will be one that you never forget.
Self confidence and self belief
|A new-found sense of confidence, independence and breadth of experience that will set you apart from your peers|
Greater understanding of the value of speaking and listening skills and how to articulate yourself
Experience in persuasion, negotiation and influencing skills as well as working together and cooperating
|Self management||Gain a greater sense of personal responsibility, flexibility, and time management|
|Making the most of new opportunities||Understanding the importance of a positive mindset, openness to new ideas and the desire to achieve|
|Problem solving||Ability to find creative solutions and be able to analyse the facts|
|Resilience||Bouncebackability and the capcity to recover quickly from setbacks|
What time does the Award start and finish?
The Award will start at 5.30pm on the first Monday and departure is from 9.00am on the third Friday. As part of our all-inclusive package, we offer a free coach transfer to and from central transport hubs. Please call your centre to inform them of your arrival and departure times. We can arrange drop offs at a local train or bus station, or you are welcome to be picked up by parents/guardians at the centre. You are recommended to book your transport as close to start and finish times as possible.
Is the Outward Bound Skills for Life Award for me?
The Award is a truly amazing experience, designed to help you take the next step in life. It's all about building your confidence, independence and skills to support you to get ahead, regardless of your starting position.
The Skills for Life Award includes challenging multi-day expeditions, which often take place on steep terrain, plus you’ll be expected to carry your own kit throughout. It’s therefore advisable that you have a resonable level of fitness to take part. For more tips on getting fit for your adventure, see our main FAQs.
Your days will be packed, and by no means just a holiday. You should be prepared to take on new responsibilities, work with people from all around the world and be open minded to new experiences. Most important of all, you should arrive with a positive outlook and plenty of enthusiasm!
What is included in the price?
The Award is all inclusive. We provide all specialist equipment including waterproofs and boots, as well as food, accommodation, insurance and a coach transfer service. You only need to bring a small amount of personal spending money, around £10-15 per week plus a £10 refundable deposit for equipment. Each centre has a small shop selling snacks, toiletries and souvenirs. The shops do not sell cigarettes or alcohol.
As a charity our mission is to unlock the potential of young people through learning and adventure in the wild. With thanks to the generosity of our donors and corporate supporters we are able to open up applications for our Skills for Life Award Scholarship on all Outward Bound Skills for Life Award running throughout summer 2017 and 2018.
Each Scholarship is worth up to 50% (£849) of the total fee – but you must be quick, limited places are available.
For full terms and conditions as well as more information on how to apply visit: outwardboundcholarships.org.uk
BOOKINGS: CONTACT US
Email us or call direct on 01931 740 000.
The Skills for Life Award was developed in response to feedback we received from participants, parents, university admission offices and large employers that we work with including BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Unilever. The Award provides a unique opportunity for individuals to develop key behaviours and skills that are sought after by employers and essential if you’re looking to start up your own business.
So in just 19 days you can have fun, experience a unique adventure, make lots of new friends and bag your dream job!
So the most important question is where will you spend 19 days of your summer? Choose between beach, lakes or mountains.
Chosen course fully booked?
If your chosen course is showing as fully booked, and there are no suitable alternatives, please call us on +44 (0) 1931 740000 and we can put you on a waiting list. We can often accommodate all those on our waiting lists.