WEST CHESTER – When Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter invited West Chester’s Mayor Carolyn Comitta to rapel down the side of the 31 story One Logan Square to fundraise for the Philadelphia Outward Bound School; Comitta was ‘all-in.’ As the story goes, there was one important caveat to the mayors’ handshake agreement and challenge: Comitta stipulated that the funds she raised would be used to send 12 – 14 year-old girls, from the West Chester Area School District (WCASD), to have the Philadelphia Outward Bound School experience.
The Outward Bound Brunei Darussalam (OBBD) has launched a youth programme catering for adventure seekers and those looking for a challenge in the wilderness. The Youth Outward Bound Programme was launched yesterday morning in Batang Duri Camp, Temburong by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman.
The City Three Peaks challenge has been organised by the Outward Bound Trust…with on-site assistance provided by The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. This altitudinous event marks the first-ever descents of the outside of not only The Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), but also The Cheesegrater (The Leadenhall Building) and The Walkie-Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street).
Every Baltimore police officer will spend a day with city youths through an expanded “team-building” program to be funded by a top Under Armour executive. “To me, this is the positive story out of the riots,” said Ginger Mihalik, executive director of the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. “‘A business leader in Baltimore is stepping up.”
It is no secret that young people today have a fierce fight getting ahead when they leave school and when it comes to employment, young people really have to offer something extra in order to stand out from the crowd. At entry level, it’s no longer purely about academic achievement.
It’s one of the great paradoxes of Canadian life: in the most beautiful country in the world, 80 per cent of us live in an urban setting. Some may never experience a mountaintop sunrise, campfire cooking or a river’s fury.
I was fortunate. In 1977 — having just emerged from my Saskatchewan teens — I had a life-changing experience in the wilds of B.C. The trip was with Outward Bound Canada, a well-established non-profit, charitable educational organization that today provides outdoor adventure programs to people of all ages and backgrounds. Then, the organization’s focus was instilling leadership and a love of nature into any young person willing to take a first step beyond the unknown.
Several dozen people who temporarily took leave of their senses stepped over the edge of the Hyatt Regency roof at Embarcadero Center on Thursday.
It was for a good cause, although for those who stepped over the edge, the only good cause that mattered was the tensile strength of a skinny nylon rope.