Why an Outward Bound adventure?

Summer Adventures

This is your opportunity to take control of your summer and achieve something truly remarkable. To wave goodbye to your smartphone and television, and forge new international friendships that will last a lifetime.

We can’t guarantee that it will be easy, but it will definitely be worth it. With the help of our highly trained instructors you will be challenged and supported to step out of your comfort zone, experience new things and discover what you’re capable of.

From the moment you arrive at our centre you’ll be immersed in spectacular scenery. Rowing across lakes and camping in the wild to lighting fires and building shelters, outdoor adventure is the bedrock of everything that you’ll do.

Whichever path you choose during summer, Outward Bound® will leave you feeling more confident, more determined and better prepared for whatever life will throw at you in the future.

I came home from Outward Bound a different person. I am a stronger person, and it made me realise that if I want to give something a go in life, I should just give it a go. Harriot, Skills for life Award summer 2015 participant

Top 5 reasons to choose Outward Bound:

1. International experience

Attracting young people from across the country and around the world, our summer adventures offer a powerful and unique opportunity for participants to learn about other cultures and make lasting international friendships. 

2. Authentic adventure

We take our approach to adventure seriously, ensuring that all participants explore far beyond the confines of our centres. From expeditions deep in the mountains to challenging activities out on the water, you won't find artificial or indoor activities at our centres. 

3. Life-changing

Outward Bound isn't just about doing something different with your summer, it's about developing the skills that will set you up for life:

Skills for life:


of participants said they had applied
what they learnt once they returned home.


said it helped them to recover
quickly from set-backs in life and cope better when faced with unexpected challenges.


said it increased their confidence,
teamwork, communication and leadership abilities.

Parents also reported an improvement in these distinct areas: Resilience, team work/communication, curiosity, confidence and self-management.  

*Taken from The outward Bound Trust's Skills for Life Award 2015 evaluation results. Measuring the impact of the Award on participants before, immediately after and 6 months on from their experience

4. One instructor from start to end

In order to make it more about the journey and less about stand-alone activities, every group is assigned a dedicated and highly qualified instructor from start to end. This gives participants a chance to build rapore with their instructor and gain a real insight into their progress and personal development. 

5. Value for money

Everything required in one simple price - from kit, bedding, activities, insurance and meals to a return coach transfer service. All participants need to bring is a small amount of personal spending money and enough clothes to last the duration of their path.

We strongly believe that money should never be an obstacle to discovering more in life. That's why, with the help of our generous donors, we also offer financial support to those who need it.

The badge:

For every summer adventure completed participants are awarded the esteemed Outward Bound fabric patch. Those that complete one of our more challenging 19-day adventures will also receive the famous Outward Bound metallic pin badge.

 Discover Adventure BadgeSerious Adventure BadgeUltimate Expedition Badge (1)Skills For Life Award Badge (1)

Choose your path:

Discover Adventure (11-13)

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

Serious Adventure (13-15 & 15-19)

This path 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 sitant horizons (13-15).

The Ultimate Expedition (15-19)

Taking you right back to our routes, this classic adventure is intended only for the most hardened of Outward Bounders and building explorers.

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 summer by gaining The Outward Bound Skills for Life Award!

Before you decide to embark on an Outward Bound summer adventure you should take the time to consider if you have the following:

  • A positive attitude and open mind
  • Willingness to meet others outside your usual friendship group
  • A desire to boost your confidence or other personal skills
  • Have a high level of commitment
  • Willingness to take on responsibility for yourself
  • An interest in learning by doing and practical life-skills
  • An appetite for adventure, fun and challenge

If you have most of these qualitites then an Outward Bound summer adventure is defiitely for you.