The Annington Challenge

Financial support for young people living in Service communities.

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Are you aged 11-19, from a Service family and looking for an adventure this summer?

The Annington Challenge, run in conjunction with The Outward Bound Trust, gives young people from military families the chance to tackle their very own Outward Bound adventure.*

*See our FAQ at the bottom of the page for more information on eligibility.

The Annington Challenge

Take control of your summer and experience an Outward Bound® summer adventure, part funded by Annington (up to 90%).

You'll have the choice of one of three paths: Discover Adventure (7-days), Serious Adventure (7-days) or the more challenging Skills for Life Award (19-days). From the moment you arrive you'll be immersed in spectacular scenery. Rowing across lakes and camping in the wild to lighting fires and building shelters, outdoor adventure will be at the heart of everything you do.

Applicants will need the support of their school or college, and if chosen Challengers must be prepared to write a short report on their Annington Challenge.

200 and counting

Since 2012, more than 200 youngsters from Service families living on ‘the Patch’ have taken part in the Annington Challenge. The initiative gives young people (aged 11-19) an opportunity to experience a real adventure and return home with new-found confidence, team work skills and friendships that will last a lifetime.

You will experience:

A fresh perspective on life

A unique opportunity to make friends with new people from across the country and around the world.

Authentic adventure

With the help of your highly trained instructor you'll be challenged and supported to step outside of your comfortzone, experience new thingss and discover what you're capable of.

Life shaping moments

You'll leave feeling more confident, more determined and better prepared for whatever life may throw at you in the future.


Funding and places are limited so make sure you apply early. 

Choose your adventure:

Discover Adventure (11-13)

Whether you're an experienced young camper, or you've never spent the night away from home before, this adventure will introduce you to a world of new friendships, fun and challenge.

Serious Adventure (13-15 & 15-19)

This is your chance to get serious about adventure and learn new skills. To climb rocks, navigate through hills, scramble up waterfalls and raise your aspirations to new and distant horizons (worth £549).

The Outward Bound Skills for Life Award (15-19)

Looking to go to college, university, get an apprenticeship or perhaps start your own business? Kick start your dreams during the summer by gaining The Outward Bound Skills for Life Award (worth £1,699).

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It has made me more confident in trying new things and getting on with the task and trying really hard. Nicole, 13
On this course, I was very shy to start with (and) now I feel more confident. I think my whole view has changed and I am one step closer to the person I want to be! Jo, 15

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The Annington Challenge is just one of a number of initiatives run by Annington which is committed to helping families living within Services’ communities. For further information about the Annington Challenge, check them out online here.

To find out more complete the form on this page or call 01931 740000 (option 2)

Am I eligible for funding?

To be eligible applicants must be a UK passport holder, be aged between 11-19 at time of participation and have a family member serving with the Army, Navy or Air Force.  You will need the support of your school and college who will be contacted to discuss your application.

If you're not sure if you're eligible we recommend applying anyway as we may have alternative funding available, so it's still worth registering!

How much is the funding worth?

Funding is typically granted at a rate of up to 90%. We ask that participants taking part in a 19 day Skills for Life Award (worth £1,699) fundraise £399 and those taking part in a Serious Adventure (worth £549) fundraise £50 towards the cost.

What happens after I register?

You will be contacted by The Outward Bound Trust to discuss your eligibility. Eligible registrants may then be required to complete a short application form before their place can be confirmed.

What will happen to my personal data/details?

The Outward Bound Trust will retain your information for marketing purposes and to share other potential funding opportunities regarding our summer adventures with you. We will not share it with any other organisations.