Coronavirus Information


Updated 15 May 2020

It’s important for us to keep you updated on the current situation. Our priorities at Outward Bound are simple, we want to do everything we can to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak for our communities and the Outward Bound family, including the young people, schools, employers and donors we work with. We have had the privilege to be around for nearly 80 years and we want to get Outward Bound through this, so we’re still here for young people who need us.

Since 21 March 2020, in line with government advice we have not been able to deliver courses at our centres and our office staff are working from home. As a result, we have taken the decision to furlough many of our team.

As of 15 May 2020, as a result of updates from the Government we are no longer in a position to operate our planned 2020 Summer Adventure courses. Our decision is made for reasons entirely beyond our control and resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Issues include ongoing travel restrictions, social distancing regulations and quarantine requirements for international customers.

Everyone at Outward Bound is extremely disappointed as we know how important our courses are for the development and wellbeing of young people. And never more so than in these very strange times we now find ourselves in.

We have emailed all our bookers for our Summer Adventure 2020 course to advise you of our decision and be clear on your options, if you have not received an email please contact us to let us know.

We are not able to take phone calls on our main office lines. We will endeavour to provide a full service remotely via email (contact us). We appreciate your patience in these exceptional circumstances.

For other courses:

We have tried to ensure we are in touch with all schools, organisations and groups who have a programme booked up to September 2020. If you haven’t heard from us, please get in touch.

We are still taking bookings for all courses in 2021.

We continue to pay very close attention to Government, NHS, Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland and Public Health Wales advice. We are also making plans on how we will be able to operate as soon as is possible, while ensuring that the safety of our staff, visiting staff and young people remains the priority.

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.

To enable those young people who need it most to attend Outward Bound in the future you can make a donation.

Looking to the future

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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