A brush with adventure

We're on the lookout for 12 enthusiastic young people to take part in an Outward Bound® Serious Adventure on the 11-17 August 2018 at our Aberdovey centre, in Wales.

Who's this for?

An ideal opportunity for school leavers (aged 16-19yrs) who are:

a) In need of a life-shaping adventure

b) Interested in taking the first steps towards developing a new skill.

With no previous Outward Bound experience required, this amazing Serious Adventure is fully-funded* by the Dulux Brighter Future programme and open to 12 young people from across the United Kingdom.


I went to Aberdovey for some adventure and i really enjoyed it. We did so much amazing stuff and I will never forget the experience and friends that I made. Thomas, Serious Adventure participant - summer 2017

Serious Adventure

This is an opportunity for any young person to look to their future and achieve something remarkable. To climb rocks, navigate the hills, scramble up waterfalls and have their aspirations risen to new and distant horizons. 

Whether they've visited Outward Bound before, or it's their first time away from friends and family, our expert instructors will be with them every step of the way to make them feel at home.

A perfect combination of adventure, fun and challenge, they'll even go on an amazing overnight expedition, to help demonstrate what they're capable of.

What is the Dulux Brighter Future Programme?

Working in partnership with The Outward Bound Trust, the Dulux Brighter Futures Programme is designed to bring employees and schools together in order to help young people become better prepared for work.

The aims of the programme include:

  • Providing a platform for young people to take the first steps into developing a skill that will lead to work
  • Giving young people hope, self-belief and opportunity
  • Providing opportunitites to those who would not normally recieve them
  • Inspiring and motivating young people about the world of work
  • Showcasing the Dulux academy and career opportunities in painting and decorating.

Those students who express a keen interest in pursuing further development and demonstrate a range of appropriate skills during their Serious Adventure, will also be given the opportunity to apply for a pre-apprenticeship training programme with Dulux.**

How to apply:

To apply directly, please direct the young person concerned to download and complete the application form on this page and return it to enquiries@outwardbound.org.uk along with the reference form.

Download the application form
Download the reference form

To learn more about this programme please contact our Summer Adventures team on 01931 740000 (option2) or complete the form on this page and we will get back in touch with you.

Please note, any applications that we do recieve will also be shared with the donor (Dulux) to evidence that we are supporting young people who will genuinely benefit from this opportunity. 

The badge:

For every summer adventure completed participants are awarded the esteemed Outward Bound fabric patch. Those that complete the Brush with Adventure programme will receive one of our Serious Adventure patches:

 Serious Adventure BadgeDulux Logo Detail


*The full value of the Outward Bound programme is £549. However, we do ask that successful applicants contribute £50 towards this wherever possible, in order to demonstrate their commitment. This also includes free return coach travel from Birmingham International to the Aberdovey centre.

**Students would need to find an employer to sponsor them for an Apprenticeship – Dulux would try to help via their decorating network but please note this cannot be guaranteed.