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.
Outside Muscat, in a remote campsite at Khal Hail Mahlab in Jebel Akhdar, a young woman walks with unmatched confidence as she orders a group of over 20 teenage boys to prop themselves up to prepare a meal for the evening.
Until a few years ago, Jawaher had a desk job. The routine task of labelling files and faxing documents required very little effort, she recalled. If that wasn’t boring enough, working within the restricted space of four walls didn’t seem to be doing her any favours. “I knew I was meant to be somewhere else,” she says.
Organizations participating include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, the USS Constitution Museum, Hale Reservation in Westwood, the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, and the YMCA of Greater Boston.
Climate scientist Felicity Aston, who was recently awarded the polar medal and an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour list, made a brief visit to the sultanate last week on special invitation by Outward Bound Oman.
During a private gathering at the British Ambassador’s residence, the polar explorer regaled the audience with stories from her adventures in the bitter cold, her never-ending romance with the winters and the foremost question that has been central to her polar quest: How cold could it possibly get?
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Eighteen-year-old spends 21 days on an Outward Bound course in Anakiwa, New Zealand, late last year – an experience he said was “life-changing”.
The experience made such an impact that he now wants to use what he learned to inspire other youth from the town to turn their lives around.
We have a front row seat for the Sixth Great Extinction in the history of the Earth, and the only one caused by humans. Let’s face it, the planet will long outlive our fragile species, so any focus on “saving the planet” misses the point. We need to protect the delicate ecosystem that humans need to thrive and survive. It’s all about “nurturing our ecosystem in order to save our species.” Can the clothes we buy make a difference? Peruvian, Eduardo Balarezo thinks it can.