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2 DECEMBER 2013


What a SEASON!

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR PROGRAMS AND CAME OUT TO OUR EVENTS OVER THE LAST YEAR. MISSED THIS SEASON? 2014 DATES ARE ONLINE NOW.

It's time to face the bitter… cold. Yes, the summer of 2013 is now behind us and what a great season! Whether reaching new heights in the Rocky Mountains, sea kayaking in the Bay of Fundy, catching the surf in Tofino, taking on the white water of the Noire River or reaching the top of our 65-foot Challenge Tower in Toronto, close to 3000 participants across the country looked fear in the face and pushed themselves to new limits. And what do we have to show for it? A host of new alumni who reconnected with themselves and nature, made new friends, discovered all that they are capable of and who returned home as a force to be reckoned with – resilient, confident, skillful and strong.

Thank you. Thanks to all of you who came out this season and made 2013 an incredible year. Thank you for believing in yourself enough to take on this life-changing adventure. Thank you for trusting us, and the Outward Bound process, to lead you through your inspiring journey. And thank you to all of our dedicated donors and supporters who helped hundreds of participants access this experience, so we can help those facing pivotal transitions in their lives right now.

We invite all of you to stay connected. Reconnect with alumni and instructors on our Facebook page, chat with us on Twitter (@outwardboundcan), hear about new opportunities through Linked In, or check out some unforgettable pictures from the season on Instagram (@outwardboundcanada).

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

INTRODUCING… OBC ADVENTURE GIFTS!

This holiday season, purchase a symbolic gift that will help us provide a life-transforming experience for a young person or adult in need.


Throughout the year, by providing inspiring journeys of self-discovery in the natural world, Outward Bound Canada helps people in transition, including some of society’s most vulnerable populations: women who have experienced violence and/or abuse, youth at risk, Aboriginal youth, and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. To help these individuals, Outward Bound Canada relies on the support of donors like you. Our Holiday Giving Program offers the perfect opportunity to help make a life-changing Outward Bound experience possible through the purchase of one of the following symbolic gifts:

  • $35 - Headlamp for a deserving youth on a wilderness trip
  • $50 - Day-pack for a youth at risk taking part in an OBC Urban or Wilderness Program
  • $100 - A day of Urban Programming for an inner city youth
  • $250 - Climbing rope for an OBC Veterans or Women of Courage Program
  • $500 - A tent for a veteran, Woman of Courage, or youth taking part in a wilderness course
  • $1000 - A one-week wilderness experience for a youth at risk

Click here to purchase your symbolic Adventure Gift and help provide a life-transforming experience for a young person or adult in need.


THERE’S STILL TIME, EARLY BIRDS

SIGN UP FOR MARCH BREAK DOG SLEDDING BY DECEMBER 25TH AND GET 10% OFF OUR 2013 PRICING!


Winter camping is a true Canadian experience unlike any other. Directing a dog sled team and caring for these incredible animals teaches responsibility and compassion, while working with a group to navigate through the vast, white wilderness pushes students to develop stronger leadership and communication skills. What's more, students learn about Canadian history, traditions, and the fundamentals of winter camping all while cozying up in wood-heated canvas wall tents for the evening.

To learn more or to sign up click here.

Or, to learn more about our adult 4-day Northern Ontario Dog Sledding Odyssey click here.


WHY OUTWARD BOUND MATTERS

WE’VE LAUNCHED OUR VERY FIRST IMPACT REPORT SHOWCASING THE AMAZING RESULTS FROM 2012 AND ILLUSTRATING THE POWER THAT OUTWARD BOUND CANADA PROGRAMS CAN HAVE.


Recent alumni, you may remember being asked to fill out an evaluation form at the end of your course. What happened with those responses? Well, with the feedback you provided, we put together our first ever Impact Report. The report features some of the incredible experiences and learnings of your fellow alumni, statistics on the growth and changes that occur for those who participate in an Outward Bound experience, and some beautiful pictures from the field.

So what impact does Outward Bound Canada have? Read this excerpt from Tanya, the mother of a 2013 participant:

Last year my son was so depressed after losing his dad to cancer, he was angry, hurt, cutting himself, contemplating suicide and on anti-depressants. He was un-social and being bullied at school, mainly because of his depressed appearance.

When we picked him up [after his Outward Bound course] he was almost unrecognizable. He was standing tall, with a huge smile on his face and happiness in his eyes. I was in tears. He told me it was and amazing experience, a life-changing experience. He learnt so much, not only about portaging and survival, but about life, about who he is, what he wants and how much he wants to live.

Today my son is off his anti-depressants, he is doing well in school, making new friends. He has gained a confidence and a zest for life. Most importantly, he is happy. He smiles and laughs. He has worked so hard to come back from the dark place he was in. A large part of that was from Outward Bound Canada and the leadership skills of his instructors.

My son has his life back, and I have my son back.

To share your Outward Bound experience, please feel free to e-mail us at info@outwardbound.ca or connect with us through Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.


ALUMNI PROFILE – BRENDA DANIELS

MEET BRENDA DANIELS; 2012 WOMEN OF COURAGE ALUMNA AND MEMBER OF THE 2014 MOUNT KILIMANJARO REACH BEYOND EXPEDITION TEAM.


I attended a Women of Courage program in July of 2012. This brought together nine women with a common background, we all had experienced abuse. We went on an 8-day adventure, canoeing on the French River. We challenged ourselves physically, socially and emotionally, all while under the guidance of highly skilled leaders. Unfortunately, as a result of my experience with abuse, I began the trip severely lacking the self-confidence that I needed to feel successful. Somehow, I found what I needed while on the Women of Courage program. After the Woman of Courage Program, I returned feeling more like my old self, I transformed, I reconnected with myself… And the connections that I made with the other women who attended the Women of Courage program are genuine, and were built on trust and compassion. We call each other our French River Sisters. I believe, our vulnerabilities transformed. When people have a strong sense of love and belonging, they believe they are worthy of love and belonging. It shows as whole-heartedness. This is what I share with my French River Sisters.

In January I am going to Africa and I am going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. I am a member of the Outward Bound 2014 Mount Kilimanjaro Fundraising Expedition Team. The Mount Kilimanjaro Fundraising Team has a goal to raise $60,000 for OBC programs. We are working really hard to meet that goal.

To read more about Brenda and her journey, visit her blog here.


2014 MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMB

GIVING BACK WHILE TAKING ON THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME THEMSELVES


On January 12th, 2014 eleven dedicated Outward Bound Canada adventurers and supporters will leave the comforts of home behind and begin their journey up Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,340 ft, Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest freestanding mountain. The climb up Kilimanjaro is a seven-day, 55km walk on the Machame-Mweka route. This scenic route will take the group through four different ecosystems: rainforest, heath, moorland, and glacier.

Why take on this climb? First, there is the obvious – this is an Outward Bound course and, as with any Outward Bound course, participants sign up in order to take on a new challenge and reconnect with themselves by pushing their boundaries and discovering all they are capable of. But Outward Bound Canada's Reach Beyond Expeditions also serve another purpose…

Although designed for anyone to take, Outward Bound Canada programs have the most impact for those facing a transition in their life. For some, that might be a career change, embarking upon a new relationship, adjusting to high school or preparing to graduate. However, there are many Canadians facing difficult transitions of a different kind – veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder or struggling to re-adjust to civilian life, women letting go of fear and re-building their self-confidence after an abusive relationship, Aboriginal youth grappling with their identity while adjusting to high school, or youth-at-risk coping with fear and frustration and lacking direction in their lives.

In response, Outward Bound Canada has developed specialised programs for some of the most vulnerable among us – those who have experienced trauma or crisis or who are coping with significant life challenges. These include our Veterans, Women of Courage, Aboriginal and Youth-At-Risk Programs. To ensure these life-changing experiences are accessible to those who need them most, Outward Bound Canada relies on the generous support of individual donors, corporations and the incredible efforts of our Reach Beyond Expedition teams. This year's Mount Kilimanjaro team is aiming to raise $60,000 to support the work that Outward Bound Canada is doing to make a difference in people's lives. It's a goal almost as steep as the climb itself, but the team is working hard and is confident they can achieve their objective. We wish them all the best.

To support the team's goal, please click here to make a donation today


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