Schol­ar­ship on of­fer for an­niver­sary

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

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.

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