We are so excited to have had so many of you, from all ages and walks of life, take a leap this summer and journey with us through this experience of a lifetime. As Outward Bound participants, hundreds of you across Canada not only learned skills such as how to paddle a canoe, how to hike through the Rocky Mountains, or even how to create a shelter in the wilderness for the very first time – you also learned what you were capable of and reconnected with the true you! We applaud each of you for stepping outside your comfort zone and joining us this season. Thank you to all our course participants, our dedicated staff, and, of course, to our generous donors and supporters for making the 2014 summer season an unforgettable one!
Already thinking about an Outward Bound Canada course for 2015? Many of our 2015 dates are already on our website. Use our Course Finder to find a course that's right for you or click here to browse them all!
Acclaimed writer Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda, winner of this year's CBC Canada Reads competition, will be the featured speaker at OBC's Annual Lecture. Join us Monday, September 29th at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto to hear Boyden discuss his novel and the rich layers of Canada's Aboriginal history behind it. The event will also be hosted by Gill Deacon of CBC Radio's Here and Now and there will be a special guest appearance by Gord Downie.
Tickets are just $45 ($50 at the door), plus you'll get a copy of The Orenda with your ticket purchase. Or, purchase a $250 VIP ticket you and receive a signed copy of The Orenda, an OBC swag bag and access to a private reception with Joseph Boyden.
Order your ticket today: www.outwardbound.ca/boyden.
If you're an OBC alumnus/alumna but haven't signed up for the Bounders' Club yet, now's your chance! You'll not only be able to reconnect with thousands of Canadians who have shared this life-changing experience; you'll also receive unique rewards so that you can keep the adventures coming and continue to enjoy the outdoor activities you love! That's right, Bounders receive deals from our Bounders' Club Partners MEC and Arc'teryx. Members will enjoy 10% off rentals and services at MEC upon presentation of a Bounders' Club Membership Card-Survival Tool (with a MEC membership). Bounders can also purchase a Arc'teryx Bounders' Club jacket with custom embroidery at a special members' price.
To learn more about the Bounders' Club, or to sign up, click here!
Experience all that Canadian winters have to offer on our Northern Ontario Dog Sledding Journey. One of our most popular courses, this March Break expedition is a unique experience that will give you some incredible stories to go back to school with. Participants undergo seven days of snowshoeing and dog sledding through the traditional trails of Algonquin Park, plus learn to winter camp from the comfort of a wood-stove-heated canvas prospector tent. The journey culminates with a 24-hour solo (often described as the most transformative part of the experience) where you will prove your winter camping skills while being supervised (from a distance!) by our experienced instructional team. Curious? Click here to learn more or to register!
Those of you on this year's Bay of Fundy Discovery course in July may know Daniel Kelly as one of your course-mates. From Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Daniel is active in student government at his school, as well as being a peer tutor and member of his school's improv team. As such, he made an outstanding candidate for a 2014 RBC Aboriginal Youth Leadership Scholarship.
Upon returning from his trip, Daniel sent a heartfelt thank-you letter to RBC Foundation who funded his Outward Bound course. His experience mirrors what so many of you have told us over the years. It is a reminder of why Outward Bound Canada and generous partners like RBC, are deeply committed to our charitable initiatives, including the RBC Aboriginal Youth Leadership Scholarship Program.
Here is just a little of what Daniel had to say:
"The RBC Aboriginal Youth Leadership Scholarship brought me an opportunity that I will never forget... I left my home on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and travelled across the entire great nation of Canada. Far, far away from my home and comfort zone. I lived through the greatest adventure of my life. The Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick became my home for the following two and a half weeks. In this home I laughed, I cried, created bonds with new people and was pushed to the absolute limit of my abilities…. This experience has changed my life. Never will anything be as amazing... as my experiences on Outward Bound. My eyes have been opened as I was exposed to a plethora of brand new and amazing things. I can never fully express how deeply and truly thankful I am for this wonderful time."
Daniel, it was a pleasure to have you on course with us this season! We are so proud of what you, and all of our alumni, achieved. To read Daniel's moving letter in its entirety, visit the Outward Bound Canada blog here.