Students battled the elements and freezing conditions whilst completing the week long ‘Challenge and Adventure’ course, experiencing a number of outdoor activities ranging from Canoeing to climbing – not to mention the night they all spent on expedition.
The Outward Bound Trust fully understands the importance of allowing young Scots to achieve their true potential during their fundamentally important and formative years. When young people are given the opportunity to embrace qualities of self-belief and resilience at an early age, The Trust has found these skills remain throughout an individual’s life.
Outward Bound, a residential course of physical and mental challenges lasting from eight to 21 days, was conceived in 1941 by the German educator Kurt Hahn, who also established five leading independent schools and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
Hahn saw a society in decline, lacking in fitness, initiative, skill, self-discipline, imagination and compassion. Outward Bound was his response – the proof of his belief that we can be better than we ever imagined.
The New Zealand version of Hahn’s great idea began at Anakiwa, in the Marlborough Sounds, in 1962, and remains there still. Inside the main dining room, a framed clipping from the Evening Post of November 2, 1962, records the opening.
“Having been the founder of the Outward Bound movement in India, I am really proud to see the progress Sahas – The Camp has made. I have seen many Outward Bound centres around the world but the High Ropes Course here seems the best,” he said. The high ropes course here has eight elements – Burma Loop, Chicken Walk, Cargo Net, Heebi Jeebi, Tyre Walk, High Step, Bosons Chair and Swinging Beam. The height of the set up is 38ft while the elements are at 28ft. The course set up is the first one in Central India and third in the country.
يوم الاثنين 13 يناير 2014، قام الرئيس الفخري لمؤسسة اوتورد باوند عمان – تحدي السيد فيصل بن تركي آل سعيد، ومدير التدريب بالمؤسسة محمد الزدجالي بالتحدث لفترة 20 دقيقة ببرنامج حواري يعرض مساء على قناة وطنية عن كل مايقدمه برنامج تحدي لشباب العماني، وعن تطلعاته بالمستقبل. نظرا لوجود قناة رسمية واحدة فقط بعمان، فان ذلك يعني ضمان نسبة مشاهدة عالية ومساعدة على زيادة التوعية بأهمية برنامج تحدي بالمجتمع.
On Monday January 13th 2014, His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki Al Said, Patron of Outward Bound Oman, and Mohammed Al Zadjali, Training Manager, were given 20 minutes on prime time evening national TV to talk about what Outward Bound was doing for the youth of the nation, and its aspirations for the future. With only one TV station in Oman, a good audience was pretty much guaranteed, helping raise awareness of OB amongst the community.
For some members of the team, this is the first time they have been on a trip such as this. Taking on the responsibilities of camp, organising themselves and ensuring they complete the distances required are all part of the challenge, and the learning curve is a steep one.
“There’s rock climbing, high ropes, kayaking, sailing, two nights solo and a lot of blackboard work with values and things like that which are important. The best thing I got out of it was looking at the relationship between parent and child, learning to speak to each other as adults.”
More than 300 students from the Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders (2630 Benson Avenue), formerly Lafayette High School, signed, sealed and delivered their college applications to a United States Post Office truck in front of their school on Friday as part of a citywide display to encourage students to pursue higher education.