Philosophy 2017-08-01T00:20:24+00:00
“It was like a lifetime of experiences/lessons compressed into two weeks. I used every sense, every skill, every limb, every milligram of energy in the shortest space of time possible. I know that this was more than an educational experience because when I try to explain the activities/learning to others, I often can’t find the words.”

Outward Bound Australia Student

Outward Bound was founded by Kurt Hahn, whose guiding philosophy was summarized best in the following quotation:

“I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an indefatigable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self denial, and above all, compassion.”


1. Character Development

Outward Bound courses encourage participants to develop greater understanding of themselves, of others and of the community around them through insight into the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self.

  • Self-knowledge
  • Tenacity
  • Self-Reliance
  • Acceptance of Responsibility
  • Ability to transcend self-imposed limits.
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Skills Improvement
  • Physical well-being
  • Courage

2. Compassion and Service

As a values-based organization, Outward Bound asks course participants to embrace our common humanity, our diversity and the natural world. Outward Bound courses promote a caring connection among participants, instructors and the world around them. Compassionate behaviour and a service ethic are essential to successful completion of an Outward Bound course, encompassing both giving to and receiving from others.

3. Social and Environmental Responsibility

A sense of responsibility for self, for others and for the environment is a central tenet of Outward Bound’s teachings. Participants are asked to make choices and take actions that will result in a positive impact on society and the environment.
Outward Bound achieves this learning through a unique combination of:

Learning through Experience

Outward Bound is committed to an educational process based on instruction, action and reflection. Experiences on Outward Bound courses are intentionally designed, presented and reviewed to instill Outward Bound’s Core Values and Operating Principles in a manner that ensures that the learning is transferable to other situations.

Adventure and Challenge in the Outdoors

Outward Bound is recognized as a leader in providing experiential education in the outdoors where activities require special effort and where remarkable experiences involve uncertain outcomes within acceptable risk.

Expert Staff

Outward Bound courses are delivered with high standards of quality and risk management. Instructors are trained and experienced in facilitating learning through adventure. They have highly developed outdoor leadership skills and through creative talent, they design and deliver learning-focused programs.