Our approach - what it means to be Outward Bound.
Our belief in our ability to achieve what we set out to do strongly affects whether we achieve our goals or not.
Qualities such as resilience, determination and perseverance are fundamental to whether we succeed or fail – in school, at work, in our relationships or in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Qualities such as self-discipline, planning and goal-setting are necessary for the completion of any task, and it is particularly important that young people are able to develop these so that they can take greater responsibility for their learning.
We conducted an evaluation of seven 5-day Outward Bound courses delivered between May 2015 and June 2016. The course objectives, as well as achieving the John Muir Award at Discovery Level, included specific environmental outcomes (such as increased respect for the environment and learning about man’s environmental impact).
The way we interact with others and the quality of our relationships with those around us forms the basis for well-being and enables us to get on successfully in life.
Young people are empowered to make positive changes in their lives and thrive in their education, their training and at work.
In 2015, we conducted a more in-depth evaluation involving a small number of apprentice programmes in order to assess the impact back in the workplace.
Case Study - In August 2015, 31 officer trainees whose training was sponsored by the Maritime Educational Foundation (MEF) attended an Outward Bound programme at Eskdale. The programme intended to induct the officer trainees at the beginning of their training; develop a sense of pride and identify; and assist the transition from home to life at college and at sea.
Environmental Learning at The Outward Bound Trust: A focus on the John Muir Award and the outcomes achieved. We facilitate young people’s personal development through enabling them to experience adventures that involve being immersed in the natural environment. Consequently, learning about the environment is a key element of all Outward Bound courses.