Young person's FAQs

There will be a varied menu for the week and you will be able to choose the food you like out of three
main meals, lots of side dishes and a hot or cold desert. 

The dorms will be of different sizes and will mostly have bunk beds in them and some are ensuite. Depending on the course, either your school or Outward Bound will put together a plan of who will be sharing a room. This will depend on how many students there are etc. But whoever you will be sharing with – being roommates is always a good way to get to know new people!

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

Coming on an Outward Bound course is not like going on holiday, there is always plenty to do! To fit it all into the day we like to start the day bright and early. Below is a sample outline of what a typical day at Outward Bound is like:

7am wake up
7.30 - 9am breakfast
9am – 5pm activity time with your instructor
5pm – 7pm dinner and free time
7pm – 8:30pm activity time with your instructor
8:30pm - 10:30pm free time
10:30pm to dorms
11pm lights out

Yes, there are certain activities where the aim is to get wet (like jumping off a pier or running into the sea...) or others where getting wet is a possibility if things don’t go quite to plan (like raft building or paddling). However, you can come ready and prepared for these activities. Please dress appropriately in clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and don’t wear your best set of trainers. Ask your instructor what is best to wear for the day or the activity if you are not sure – they will be happy to help!

Our shops don’t sell sweets or fizzy drinks. However you can buy juice, crisps and cereal bars. It will also have a selction of souvenirs such as pens, hats, jumpers etc and also some emergency items like tooth brushes or soap. The shop will usually be open on every evening during your free time.

Most of our centres will have a pool and football table. You can also do some sports activities like
basketball and football. There are a selection of board games available from the shop and you can
request to have a dvd on in the student lounge, just ask your duty instructor.

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!

The answer to this is simple, you will get out of it what you put in! It might sound silly, but it’s true! The course will give you lots of opportunities to push yourself out of your comfort zone, to try new things you didn’t think you weren’t capable of and to work together with others you might not have met before. Only if you take every one of these opportunities and try your hardest throughout the course will you discover something new about yourself and learn some great new skills for the future.

Basically, bring enough clothing to be outside every single day of your course! Bring clothes that you can move around in (like joggy bottoms) and that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Don’t bring jeans for your activity time as they are quite heavy and you won’t be able to move in them very well. Finally bring plenty of socks and some old trainers. Ask your teacher to print off our checklist for a copy of our full packing list and remember the weather can be very changeable!

This depends on the centre and what network provider you are with. Certain areas are better covered
than others, but as all our centres are based in rural areas, the phone signal might not be great. None of our centres provide computers for student internet access.

A group will have up to 12 students 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 will have gained up to 10 more!