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.

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.

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Apply for an Outward Bound scholarship

As a charity, we believe that money should never be an obstacle to discovering more in life. That's why with the help of our generous donors and supporters, we have created the Outward Bound Scholarship.

Awarded based on your financial and personal development needs, an Outward Bound scholarship is open to anyone to apply for and worth up to £250 towards a Skills for Life Award place.

For full terms and conditions as well as more information on how to apply visit our scholarship page.

Download the Kit list for this adventure.

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.

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

Team working

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 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


Bouncebackability and the capacity to recover quickly from setbacks

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* With charitable subsidy for UK passport holders


Email us or call direct on 01931 740 000


As set out in The Trust's strategic framework: The Mountains are Calling, we are determined to reach even more young people in 2017. In order to do so we are offering UK participants (only) the chance to participate at the rate of £999 for a limited time only. The price will return to £1,999 on 15 April 2017.

The £999 price point can therefore not be obtained in conjunction with any other offers.

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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.


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