The Residential

The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award

Partnered by The Outward Bound Trust

Loch eil 1600 coast exped group
Camping overnight on residential
2020 Award Programme

A key element of any Outward Bound Course are the amazing and powerful adventures our highly skilled instructors can provide. In the current situation, residential and overnight courses are not possible.

However for 2020 we remain committed to providing safe adventures for participants to learn from in whatever way is possible.

We have significantly altered the programme to allow adventures to take place at the end of the Award experience (in 2021) and have plans for single day adventures (currently allowed according to Scot Gov Guidance) through to multi-day expeditions and residentials should these be practicable and desired by participants.

Dynamic outdoor activities, which can include rock climbing, abseiling, raft building and an expedition, all give the participants an experience of team work and personal challenge. Classroom sessions (often using the “big classroom” outdoors) also teach transferable business skills such as presentations, finance, project management and planning.

Sunrises are priceless on expedition, but so is the learning as participants work together and develop a new understanding of their abilities, and – importantly – of their fellow team members. Students look back on this element of the residential as the most challenging, but also as the part they have the greatest sense of pride and achievement in and this is often where the Outward Bound Instructors see the biggest development in confidence.

Other activities, both outdoors and, in some cases, classroom-based, seek to further develop understanding of self and others, and an appreciation of what the team is able to achieve together. All activities have a purpose and will be linked to further learning or achievement, both in the community project phase, but most importantly for 6th year and in preparation for their next destination.