The Outward Bound organisation in Tharwa that has challenged, developed and inspired young people from across Australia for more than three decades will officially reopen on Monday with a new lease on life. Outward Bound Australia’s national facilities have undergone a $1.5 million renovation.
Planned in collaboration with the Ministry of Education(MoE), the programme bridges the worlds of education and work by providing students with the opportunity to develop essential skill sets that will support their transition into the workforce.
The journey of self-discovery was designed to enhance participants’ self-confidence and leadership, teamwork and negotiation skills, in the hopes that these lessons are applied in their professional lives.
Running for Team 9bar, Kim was one of 549 runners who completed a challenging course and tackled more than 3,000 metres of ascent between Dalemain, near Penrith, and Coniston. This was held alongside the Lakeland 100, which started and finished in Coniston.
…I had spent 10 days in the Costa Rican rainforest on an Outward Bound program. I had hiked 22 hours with a 45-pound pack…and stayed with the kindest family I had ever met, playing endless soccer games with their many children. A tree should seem like nothing! But this tree, slippery with moss, entwined with vines, with 50 feet of precarious handholds, was a new challenge. And I have never been one to turn away from a challenge.
SCE (www.scefdn.org) has awarded a $100,000 grant to Voyageur Outward Bound School to increase and augment its outdoor learning expeditions. The funds will allow the organization to triple the number of youth it will serve in its 2014-15 partnership program with Open World Learning Community School and St. Paul Public Schools. The program will use experiential learning to challenge participants to understand that they are capable of more.