Scholarship on offer for anniversary
Outward Bound is set to mark its 50th birthday next year and Matamata Rotary Club is giving one lucky local youngster an opportunity to attend the special 50th anniversary camp.
Matamata Rotary president Eric Muckle said the club was offering a scholarship worth $ 1650 – half the cost of the camp – with the recipient having to fund the balance.
‘‘ We believe Outward Bound is a hugely beneficial programme for young people and are keen to help someone attend this special camp,’’ Mr Muckle said.
‘‘ Rotary has been associated with Outward Bound since its inception in 1961 and this anniversary camp in the Marlborough Sounds should be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’’
The first trial Outward Bound course was held in New Zealand in 1961 and with its success a trust was formed. Since 1962 nearly 50,000 New Zealanders have experienced Outward Bound.
Of that number, more than 3000 of them have been sponsored by Rotary Clubs around the country.
The anniversary camp will run for 21 days from September 2 to September 22 in 2012.
Anyone aged from 18 to 26 at the time of this camp was eligible to apply, Mr Muckle said.
Included in the cost of the camp are all meals, accommodation and specialist equipment but the cost of travel to and from Picton, clothing and personal items were not included and would have to be met by the successful applicant, he said.
‘‘ Outward Bound is about showing everyday New Zealanders their full potential through challenge and adventure in the outdoors.’’
A participant from the very first Outward Bound, Bob Strong, now aged 68, said what he learnt back in 1961 had applied to many situations in his life since. ‘‘ The course was a great learning curve. ‘‘ There is no doubt about it – we learned a lot about team work – it was the little things that taught us the most,’’ Mr Strong said.
Anyone wishing to apply to be Matamata Rotary’s candidate to this special camp should do so in writing, including a curriculum vitae and a short summation ( no more than 100 words) about what they would get from an Outward Bound course.
Applications can be mailed to Rotary Club of Matamata, PO Box 38, Matamata and must be received prior to 5pm on Friday, November 11, 2011.