While it may have felt like summer was never going to come, sure enough, summer is here and we are very excited for what promises to be a great season at Outward Bound Canada. Many of you will be leaving for your Outward Bound Canada course within the next few months. If you have not been on a trip before, the journey promises to be a life-changing experience that will have you return home more confident in who you are and more aware of your amazing capabilities.
It’s not too late to sign up for your 2014 Outward Bound Canada course! Spaces are running out but there are still some left on courses such as the Northern Ontario Odyssey for adults, the Rocky Mountain Adventure for youth ages 14-15, the Northern Ontario Adventure – Flatwater for youth ages 15-16 and the Toronto Urban Discovery , a high school credit day program for youth ages 16-18 run out of Evergreen Brick Works ! You can also visit our NEW and improved course finder , to find a course that fits your needs.
To all of our participants, parents of students, alumni, donors and friends, we hope you have a safe and wonderful summer!
We sometimes get questions about why we offer select programs just for boys. The simplest answer – these days, young men often do not feel like they have safe spaces where they can talk about their thoughts and feelings and begin to define who they want to grow up to be. In fact, young men often do not get to experience any clear rite of passage into manhood at all. Courses for boys, such as our Northern Ontario Journey – For Boys or our Northern Ontario Youth Challenge – For Boys , give young men the unique opportunity to experience an adventurous journey with peers who are going through a similar transition and/or facing similar challenges. The boys love it! Click here to go to the OBC blog and read more about the impact that our courses for boys can have.
You may know Joseph Boyden as the renowned author whose most recent novel, The Orenda, won this year's CBC Canada Reads competition. Critically acclaimed for his moving accounts of the historical and contemporary experiences of First Nations peoples, Boyden will be the speaker for OBC’s 2014 Annual Lecture!
The event will be held at Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St. W. @ Bathurst) on Monday, September 29th, 2014. Tickets are $45 ($50 at the door) and include a complimentary copy of The Orenda. A limited number of VIP tickets are available ($250 each) and include a private reception with Joseph Boyden, a signed copy of The Orenda, an OBC swag bag and partial tax receipt. All tickets can be purchased at www.outwardbound.ca/boyden.
Outward Bound Canada is asking for your help! We are in need of Aeroplan Miles to help offset travel costs for our bursary students and staff. Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable educational organization. Our life-changing programs take place from coast to coast, so your donations will help ensure that students have access to ALL of our innovative programs – connecting more students to courses that suit their needs.
To meet our goal, we need to raise 350,000 Aeroplan Miles for our Miles Beyond the Ordinary campaign by June 30th! OR, if we can raise at least 315,000 miles, Aeroplan will donate the last 45,000!
Click here to donate your miles today.
Outward Bound Canada put out a special call to our alumni during the months of April and May this year. All of those who reconnected with Outward Bound Canada were entered to win an 8-day, adult Outward Bound Canada experience for themselves and a friend! There were also two secondary prizes that included an exclusive, insulated soft-shell OBC jacket, books, an OBC water bottle, tote bag and more.
We were absolutely overwhelmed with your response! You not only reconnected with us and entered for your chance to relive your adventure; hundreds of you submitted stories and awesome photo memories of your amazing Outward Bound Canada experiences! We invite you to view the OBC Alumni Album HERE. Thank you so much to everyone who participated and for sharing your experience with us.
To share just one of the many memories submitted, here's what Christine Gaillard of Nova Scotia, 1985 alumna, had to say about her OBC experience:
"I have many awesome memories from my 28-day Outward Bound course but the one that keeps coming was the night we slept on our own "Mt Everest". We had had quite a tumultuous day, the group just couldn't agree on anything throughout the day but with the guidance of our two course leaders the group members finally came together and scaled a mountain before the sun was setting. We slept on top for the night and descended the next morning. What an awesome night! Best four weeks and I was able to use many of the things I learned during this time into my later life."
Congratulations to our grand-prize winner: Lynn Mathieson of B.C., 2001 alumna. The two secondary prizes went to Laura Libralato of Ontario, 1998 alumna and Katrina Milne also of B.C., 2012 alumna. Thanks again to all our alumni who participated. We loved hearing from you. Be sure to stay in touch as we will have more exclusive offers coming your way!
Last Tuesday, June 3rd we were joined by more than 130 friends for our annual Kurt Hahn Award & Recognition dinner, at Crescent School in Toronto. The Kurt Hahn Award was presented to long-time board member, cherished friend and fundraising champion, Bart MacDougall. Special honours were also given to former OBC board members Rex Taylor and Jan Ruby and former staff member Robert Linscott. A big thanks to alumnus and emcee Bob Ramsay, guest speaker and alumna Krista Thrasher (Youth Challenge 2004) and students and staff from Bendale Business and Technical Institute in Toronto.
More than $52,000 was raised for Outward Bound Canada through the event. Thank you to everyone who came out or gave a donation for the event. If you would like to donate today, click here.
OBC Alumna Krista Thrasher has come full circle recently with Outward Bound Canada. Krista's first Outward Bound experience was in 2004 when she took the Outward Bound Youth Challenge course. As she recalls, "I returned from my course with muscles I never knew I had, a lot of bug bites, and confidence to enter my freshman year of high school."
A few months ago, Krista was brought on board as OBC's Marketing & Events Coordinator in our national office, helping to develop our alumni programs and acting as a strong voice for our alumni internally. Read more about Krista's story on the Outward Bound Canada blog here.