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MARCH 2015


MAKE SUMMER LAST FOREVER

Let us be your guide for a summer you won't soon forget. Courses filling up fast - book yours today!

Although it may seem too good to be true, summer really is just around the corner. And with it comes a full roster of life-changing Outward Bound experiences you certainly won't want to miss out on! Places are filling up fast - act now and secure your spot on the course of your dreams, before it's too late.

FOR ADULTS
Rocky Mountain Instructor Development Program (Learn to lead OBC style!)
Rocky Mountain Life Compass (Starting soon - book today!)
Rocky Mountain Mindfulness
West Coast Mindfulness


FOR YOUTH
Northern Ontario Passages - For Boys
Vancouver Urban Expedition (Register throughout the month of April and pay no application fees!)
West Coast Youth Challenge - For Boys
Northern Ontario Youth Challenge - For Boys
West Coast Journey
Toronto Urban Expedition

and more! Check out our Course Finder to discover which of our many courses is the perfect fit.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

DO YOU DARE TO LEAP?

Descend 19 storeys down Vancouver's third tallest building on April 16th in support of youth-at-risk.


Don't wait for someone to dare you to do something that could change not only your life but the lives of youth-at-risk across B.C. - take life by the reins and Dare to Leap! There are still places available for brave Outward Bound Canada supporters to rappel down the side of the Shaw Tower and help bring the transformational OBC experience to underprivileged youth through our new Vancouver urban program.


Register today using promo code “OBC” and receive 50% off the sign-up fee!

See a video of what you can expect from the unforgettable Dare to Leap experience, and visit www.outwardbound.ca/daretoleap for more information on how you can get involved before registration closes.


EXCLUSIVE BOUNDERS' NIGHTS AT MEC!

Bounders get 10% off with special access to MEC afterhours in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto


We're pleased to offer an exclusive opportunity for Bounders to visit MEC stores in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, and get 10% off all regular priced items in the store! That's right, just flash your Bounders' Club card (or have your Member ID email/letter at the ready) and save 10% off all the regular priced items MEC has to offer, including bikes and boats! Outward Bound Canada MEC Club Nights will take place in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 21, from 7pm-9pm; in Calgary on Thursday, April 23, from 7pm-9pm, and in Toronto on Thursday, April 23, from 6pm-9pm. You must have a MEC Membership to make purchases (available for $5 on site if required).
If you're OBC alumni but haven't yet signed up for the Bounders' Club, there is still time to do so and take advantage of this special offer - sign up now!


NEW! VANCOUVER URBAN EXPEDITIONS

Register by April 30th and we'll waive the $85 application fee!


We're excited to launch our new Vancouver Urban Expedition program this summer - an exhilarating five-day and four-night course that will introduce you to new adventures in the outdoors and start you on an inspiring journey to help you to realize all that you are capable of. Climb, paddle, camp, explore who you are and challenge yourself all right within Vancouver. Sign up and pay your deposit during the month of April and we'll waive the $85 application fee!

Discover more about this great course and sign up today!


CHALLENGE YOURSELF AND SUPPORT OBC!

Take part in the Reebok Spartan Race, July 18-19, and help raise funds for Outward Bound


Challenge yourself this summer and go beyond your comfort zone by taking part in the first of three Outward Bound Canada Challenge Events! We’re kicking things off with the world’s leading obstacle course race, Reebok Spartan! Join the Outward Bound team to help raise funds for our charitable programs, and you’ll receive a discounted place in this amazing event, taking place just 45 minutes east of Toronto. Choose from the 5K Spartan Sprint on Saturday, July 18, or the 12K Spartan Super on Sunday, July 19 - or race anywhere in Canada and support OBC as well! You can also support us by participating in Storm the ‘Scarpment on September 19 and Wilderness Traverse on October 2-3. Learn more about these events and how you can get involved today.


ALUMNI PROFILE: AIDAN HOFFMAN

AIDAN HAS RETURNED TO OUTWARD BOUND ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. LET HIM TELL YOU WHY.


Aidan Hoffman was so taken by his first Outward Bound course in the Rockies that he returned to us two years later to take on the West Coast and try his hand at sea kayaking. Aidan's unforgettable experiences and lasting new friendships have kept him feeling connected to Outward Bound ever since (in fact, Aidan's mother Jo Hoffman joined us just this past January for our Reach Beyond Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition), so much so that he felt compelled to join our Vancouver team as an alumni volunteer.

Here is just a taste of what Aidan has to say about his OBC adventures:

“Apart from the fantastic scenery, something that resonated with me about that first course was the emphasis on teamwork and instilling the core values of OBC into the participants. My particular group had some rough patches early on with collaboration and had some participants that weren't particularly enthusiastic about being there; however, with the help of the instructors and a lot of time spent in group discussion, our group's seemingly insurmountable conflicts were successfully resolved as the course neared completion. I was incredibly impressed by the patience of the instructors and other OBC staff for the duration of my trip, and this inspired me to join a conflict resolution training program at my school in the fall.”

Big thanks to Aidan for sharing his story with us! To read it in its entirety, please visit the Outward Bound Canada blog.


DONOR PROFILE: LESLIE AND BILL

LESLIE HOYLE AND BILL ELGIE SHARE THE REASONS WHY OBC MEANS SO MUCH TO THEM


It's always incredible to see individuals return to Outward Bound - to hear about their experiences and what's drawn them back for another adventure. In the case of Leslie Hoyle and Bill Elgie, they began their Outward Bound journey as instructors nearly 25 years ago, and relished the opportunity to get involved once again and give back in some way.
As participants in January's fundraising expedition to Kilimanjaro, Leslie and Bill were able to experience OBC in a new way, pushing themselves at a turning point in their professional and personal lives, and - through their fundraising efforts - helping to ensure that the Outward Bound experience will be around to benefit as many people as possible for years to come. (Like to do the same? Check out our Reach Beyond fundraising expeditions.)

Hear firsthand what Leslie and Bill have to say about their amazing Kili experience:

“We ran into our old friend Sarah Wiley and she inquired about our plans for the winter. 'Would you like to climb Kili with me?', she said, and within a week we were signed up for the Mount Kilimanjaro Reach Beyond Fundraising Expedition and commencing a flurry of preparations. If only life could always be so spontaneous! The truth is, Bill and I are teachers on a deferred leave from our employers… and the timing of Sarah's suggestion was perfect. Having been instructors for Outward Bound (way back when the eastern OB school was nicknamed "Cobwebs") we had observed that adults especially seemed to take OB courses in times of transition in their lives. With 50 birthday candles in recent memory, a looming 25th wedding anniversary, children in university and still recovering from the loss of three of our parents, we were primed to be participants.” To read about Leslie and Bill's experience in its entirety, visit the Outward Bound Canada blog here.


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