Coronavirus Information


Updated 9 September 2020

Our priorities at Outward Bound are simple, we want to do everything we can to support the young people who need us most as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We paused delivery of our traditional residential courses on 21 March 2020. This was in line with government advice – and we continue to work to current government guidelines (adapting where necessary for differences between England, Scotland and Wales).

Detailed below are the changes to our programmes (in the short/medium term) that will mean we can safely deliver Outward Bound interventions to as many young people as possible.

Summer Adventures

We were unable to run our planned 2020 Summer Adventures programme due to social distancing constraints. However, following guidance, we are now able to run some non-residential activity days at our Ullswater centre at weekends until the end of October, and at our Ullswater, Aberdovey and Loch Eil centres during the October half-term break. We are also continuing to take bookings for Summer 2021.


The latest guidance from the Department for Education and the Scottish Government are advising schools against overnight residentials for the Autumn 2020 term. We will of course support schools to follow this advice in England, Scotland and Wales. We will be in touch with you about moving current bookings for Autumn 2020. In order to manage this as best, we can we appreciate your continued flexibility.

For schools who had to change their plans, we have created our new 'In-School Adventures' as a way to bring Outward Bound to them, working in your local area or at your school site. If guidance changes, of course, we will be delighted to work with all schools again at our centres.

We are also continuing to take booking for January 2021 and beyond.

Early Careers (Apprentices and Graduates)

We are now running Early Careers programmes at our Eskdale centre, adhering to all government guidance on social distancing and in relation to the number of young people allowed to mix together. We have developed best practice in relation to both the community living and outdoor learning to ensure no more than six people are together at any one time.

For our Early Careers customers who are not able to travel, we’ll explore ways we can support their talent development programmes in different ways.

We are still taking bookings as normal for all courses in 2021.

Further information on how we are adapting our delivery is available here COVID safe at Outward Bound.

We are not able to take phone calls on our main office lines but continue to provide a full service remotely via email (contact us). We're really grateful for your support and patience in these exceptional circumstances.

Looking to the future

The challenges that young people face will not have disappeared but will have been made worse by this pandemic. And the need for Outward Bound; for space, freedom, adventure and fresh air will be there.

Founded in the Second World War, Outward Bound has been there to help young people face challenge and manage uncertainty in their lives for almost 80 years. This is now needed more than ever before. We are determined to continue to do what we can to support the greater societal need and to protect Outward Bound and our wider family. As a charity our mission is to help young people defy their limitations – and when we come through this we will be ready to serve the thousands of young people who need us.

How you can help

There’s no doubt, as a charity COVID-19 will have a significant impact on Outward Bound. Many of you have asked how to help, and on this occasion it’s to make a donation to support young people attend Outward Bound in the future.

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