Coronavirus Information


Updated 8 July 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).

We want to let you know about some 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 can now run some non-residential activity days at our Aberdovey and Ullswater centres. We’re also looking further ahead to see if we can run some residential courses for individuals in October half term.


The latest guidance from the Department for Education advises schools against residential's for the Autumn 2020 term. We will of course support schools who follow this advice in England and Wales. We will; assist in moving current bookings where possible to; and taking new enquiries for; January 2021 and beyond.

In Scotland, the guidance is different and we’re working closely with our partner schools to ensure our courses operate in line with this.

For schools who had to change their plans we'll continue to explore new ways to bring Outward Bound to them, through work in your local area or at your school site. If guidance changes, we will of course be delighted to work with all schools again at our centres.

Early Careers (Apprentices and Graduates)

We will be able to run Early Careers programmes, adhering to all government guidance on social distancing.

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.

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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Resilience in an uncertain world

Being young has never been easy. Maybe now more than ever. We're drawing strength from the words of our co-founder and the experience of young people who’ve been to Outward Bound.

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