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24 MARCH 2014


SUMMER COURSES FILLING UP

OUR SUMMER COURSES ARE FILLING UP FAST –
MAKE SURE TO SIGN UP TODAY

With summer just around the corner, our phones are starting to ring off the hook so make sure you’ve secured your spot on any 2014 Outward Bound Canada courses that you have been thinking about.  Not sure what you or your teen might enjoy?

COURSES FOR ADULTS:

JUST A FEW OF THE OPTIONS FOR YOUTH:

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CHECK OUT THE NEW OBC WEBSITE

WE’VE HEARD YOU – OUR NEW WEBSITE MAKES IT EASIER THAN EVER TO CONNECT!


We are thrilled to announce that Outward Bound Canada has updated its website!  If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out: www.outwardbound.ca  

The new website comes complete with an improved course finder to help you narrow down your options, revised navigation to help you find what you’re looking for, and newly designed course pages so that course details – such as dates – are more apparent.

Not only that, but the new website will give us more opportunities to connect with you. There is a new Special Events page so you can see what’s coming up in your area, more links to social media so you can connect with us digitally, and a page specifically for alumni… the details of which are coming soon!

Thank you to everyone who, over the years, gave feedback on our website and helped us make these improvements.  Furthermore, we would like to give a special thanks to Jan Scharlach at Media Image and alumnus Bo Roberts-Leung, our graphic designer, for helping us make the new site possible!


OUR NEW URBAN EXPEDITIONS

SIGN UP FOR AN URBAN EXPEDITION & WE’LL WAIVE THE APPLICATION FEE


These short 5-day, 4-night expeditions are designed to introduce youth to outdoor adventures and begin to teach them all that they are capable of – close to home.

For now, these Urban Expeditions are available only in Toronto.  They begin at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, students then hike, canoe or travel by local transit to campsites in the Rouge Urban Wilderness Park or Toronto Island. These are great options for students looking to meet the requirements toward a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Bronze and Silver), closer to home. AND, if you sign up before March 31st, we’ll waive your application fee!

Sign up here today. You will leave very happy that you did!

 


RBC ABORIGINAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MARCH 28th.  APPLY TODAY!


Funded by RBC Foundation, the RBC Aboriginal Youth Leadership Scholarship is available for Aboriginal youth (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) aged 15 – 19 who are interested in taking an Outward Bound Canada course this summer.

Scholarships are available for 17-to-32-day Outward Bound Canada wilderness courses in the summer of 2014. This scholarship gives participants the opportunity to develop their own unique leadership potential, to interact with motivated peers, to cultivate valuable life skills and to discover their own strengths, abilities and gifts while traveling in some of Canada's most inspiring wilderness areas.

Check out this flyer for more information and application instructions. Applications are due THIS WEEK, so submit yours today! Please note, priority will be given to youth who are actively playing a leadership role within their community.

 


CONGRATS TO OUR JANUARY KILIMANJARO TEAM

THEY RAISED ALMOST $100K FOR OBC. LET'S DO IT AGAIN IN JANUARY 2015


What a huge success! First of all, our January 2014 Mt. Kilimanjaro team of 11 participants and two Outward Bound Canada instructors all summited the mountain successfully. Second, the team also raised close to $100K for Outward Bound Canada's charitable programs for those most in need, including women survivors of violence and/or abuse, Canadian military veterans dealing with PTSD or other transitional challenges, Aboriginal youth and youth at risk. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who supported the climb and our climbers’ fundraising efforts – they couldn’t have done it without your backing!
For more information on all of our Reach Beyond expeditions, or to register for the January 2015 expedition, please visit our website here.

 


ALUMNI PROFILE: BOB FOULKES

AND HIS NEW BOOK, “OFF THE COUCH AND OUT THE DOOR”


Two-time alumnus Bob Foulkes may have been a little late discovering Outward Bound, taking his first course at 46; nevertheless the experience opened the door to a lifetime of adventures that have energized, enlivened, and enthused him for more than 20 years.  This past January, at the vibrant age of 65, Bob took on another Outward Bound Canada adventure. As part of our Reach Beyond expedition team, he summited Mt. Kilimanjaro helping to raise a team total of almost $100,000 for Outward Bound Canada’s charitable programs.

Bob has recently published a book entitled “Off the Couch and Out the Door” in which he describes his Outward Bound Canada experience.  It is available through our website, with proceeds being donated to OBC. Bob’s story is characteristic of what we often hear from alumni about their  transformative Outward Bound experiences, so we thought we would share an excerpt with you on our blog here.

 


“THE BEST THING I EVER DID”

Theme song for the Neil Falkner Outward Bound Legacy


Some of you may already be familiar with The Neil Falkner Memorial Scholarship Fund.  At the age of 16 Neil Falkner went on an Outward Bound program in the British Columbia wilderness, returning with confidence, pride, and a desire to challenge himself and others.  After Neil passed away, the Neil Falkner Memorial Fund was established in his memory by Neil’s family and provides an Outward Bound wilderness adventure annually to a grade 10 student at the school Neil attended, Britannia Secondary in East Vancouver, and a grade 10 student on the Sunshine Coast where Neil lived and worked.

This year, The Neil Falkner Outward Bound Legacy has developed a beautiful theme song in honour of Neil and commemorating his Outward Bound experience.  The song will officially be launched at the 2nd Sunshine Coast Outward Bound Scholarship Fundraiser on the Sunshine Coast on April 19th, 2014 but YOU can get a sneak peek by clicking here today!

Otherwise, for more details on how to attend the April 19th fundraiser please click here.

Or purchase some great opportunities, gifts and experiences from local, Lower Mainland, and Sea to Sky businesses, individuals, organizations, artists and practitioners while contributing to the scholarship fund through their annual, online auction here.


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