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What activities will I be doing?

This depends on a lot of things; what your school has asked to do, what your instructor has planned based on your learning aims, how many of you and also on what the weather is like. However, to give you an idea, below is a list of activities you might be doing:

  • Expeditioning (camping)
  • Gorge walking
  • High ropes activities
  • Rock climbing
  • Scrambling
  • Hill walking
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Tree climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Raft building
Do I have to do every activity? What if I feel like I really can't do something?

Your instructor will encourage you to take part in every activity even if it seems a bit daunting at first. This might feel a little worrying to begin with, but you will soon realise that most things are not as scary or as difficult as they seem. The most challenging things are often the most rewarding!

Your instructor will not ask you to try something that they think is beyond your ability or that is unsafe, so give everything a go, you will be surprised how much you can achieve!

How many participants are in a group? How are groups decided?

A group will have up to 12 participants, and you will be with one of our instructors for the duration of your course. Depending on your course, these groups will be chosen by either your school or Outward Bound. Generally, you will be with at least one of your friends – and by the end of the course, you will have gained up to 10 more!

What time do your Summer Adventures start and finish?

All our adventures start at 2pm on the first day and finish at 1pm on the last day.

How fit do I need to be?

Your Outward Bound experience will be both physically and mentally challenging, with our longer adventures offering the highest level of challenge. Each summer adventure information page will provide you with a simple outline of the level of experience we expect you to have. For those that involve an exciting mountain expedition, you'll be carrying your personal and group equipment in a rucksack, which is provided by the centre. Having a reasonable level of fitness means that you'll enjoy your experience more and will have the confidence to try new things. However, having plenty of enthusiasm is equally as important.

If you're looking for ideas to help build up your fitness ahead of a summer adventure, our instructors have put together some guidance.

If you feel you need to improve your fitness in preparation for the course, we also recommend using fitness apps like Nike+, Workout Trainer, Strava, Ease into 5K or even Zombies, Run!