Con­sid­ered by many to be the ultimate “must do kiwi ex­pe­ri­ence”, in 2012 Out­ward Bound will cel­e­brate 50 years of de­liv­er­ing ad­ven­ture-based per­sonal de­vel­op­ment cour­ses to nearly 60 000 New Zealan­ders of all ages. As the or­gan­i­sa­tion has moved with the times, nearly 2000 peo­ple at­tend Out­ward Bound an­nu­ally and each gets to take away some­thing spe­cial. While the core work of Out­ward Bound is de­vel­op­ing young peo­ple, based on cus­tomer

As the or­gan­i­sa­tion looks for­ward to the next half-cen­tury, it does so in good heart with a re­spected track record be­hind it as a leader in the out­door ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. Tes­ta­ment to the work and the phi­los­o­phy of Out­ward Bound is that be­tween the staff at the Anakiwa-based Out­ward Bound is the only or­gan­i­sa­tion to place in the Top 5 An­nual Best Place to Work sur­vey for 5 years in a row.

Out­ward Bound pro­vides youth, adult, par­ent and teen cour­ses and an in­creas­ing range of spe­cial­ist pro­fes­sional and cor­po­rate pro­grams. But with a nod to its roots, Out­ward Bound New Zealand is now the only one of the 47 global mem­bers to re­tain the orig­i­nal Clas­sic 21-day course.

The core ex­pe­ri­ence is still a se­ries of chal­lenges - kayaking, rock climb­ing, sail­ing, tramp­ing and the tra­di­tional solo ex­pe­ri­ence. More­over though is the op­por­tu­nity to take away a whole lot more than the ex­hil­a­ra­tion of ad­ven­ture.

It’s not news to say that the out­doors is a great class­room and a fan­tas­tic medium for learn­ing. Gath­ered in a watch of 14 peo­ple, it is about re­silience, ad­ven­ture and chal­lenge – and re­ward. For some it is about rais­ing their sights on what is pos­si­ble, for oth­ers it is gain­ing fo­cus and clar­ity. Many gain a re­newed out and get the most from life, with com­mon feed­back such as “it changed my life”, “best ex­pe­ri­ence ever.” For many, it is an ex­pe­ri­ence that they draw on through­out their lives.

A list of past-par­tic­i­pants cover all walks of life in­clud­ing ad­ven­turer Mark Inglis, yachties Grant Dal­ton, Tom Sch­nack­en­berg and to Pete Mont­gomery, All Blacks Andrew El­lis, Richard Kahui, Norm He­witt, Xavier Rush, civic and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers Dick Hub­bard and Rod­ney Hide, crick­eter Adam Parore, and broad­cast­ers Milne and Maggie Barry.

The typ­i­cal ques­tion posed by the or­gan­i­sa­tion is “Have you done your Out­ward Bound course yet?” It is both an in­vi­ta­tion and a chal­lenge - ap­ti­tude and abil­ity in the great out­doors is but one com­po­nent in the pro­gram. While it is a global or­gan­i­sa­tion, the val­ues are quintessen­tially kiwi of can-do, team­work, can ac­cess spon­sor­ship. Out­ward Bound has built up a wide net­work of com­mu­nity part­ner­ships, lega­cies and trusts that can as­sist would-be stu­dents.

So, have you done your Out­ward Bound course yet?

For an en­rol­ment pack call 0800 OUT­WARD (688 927) or for more de­tails www. out­ward­

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