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MARCH 2018


MAKE THIS SUMMER THE MOST MEMORABLE YET

SUMMER 2018 IS ONLY A FEW MONTHS AWAY! REGISTER NOW FOR THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!

Summer is nearly here! Take a step into self-discovery and explore some of the country’s most eye-catching landscapes while gaining leadership skills and confidence, making friends and creating memories that will last a lifetime (with the photos to prove it)! Places are filling up fast - act now and secure your spot on the adventure of your dreams, before it's too late.

FOR YOUTH

Bay of Fundy Discovery
Northern Ontario Leadership
Northern Ontario Adventure – English Credit
Rocky Mountain Discovery
Toronto Urban Expedition
West Coast Discovery
and more!

FOR ADULTS
Rocky Mountain Instructor Development Program
Rocky Mountain Life Compass
West Coast Mindfulness
West Coast Odyssey
Visit outwardbound.ca or contact our Admissions Team to unlock your adventure today!


NEW CANADIAN CONSERVATION CORPS

OBC TEAMS UP WITH CWF TO LEAD WILDERNESS EXPEDITIONS AS PART OF NEW CANADA SERVICE CORPS INITIATIVE


Outward Bound Canada is thrilled to be working with The Canadian Wildlife Federation as part of their new Canadian Conservation Corps (CCC) initiative, a three-stage program designed to engage young Canadians in their natural and cultural heritage through service, adventure and reflection. OBC has teamed up with CWF to design and lead the expedition stage, which is intended to help participants learn more about themselves, their peers and the environment around them. By travelling and reflecting together, participants will build social capital, conservation ethic and the tenacity required for success in life. In later stages of the program, they will take on conservation and environmental field work, and return home to develop outreach and service projects in their own communities. CCC is part of the Government of Canada’s recently announced Canada Service Corps. To learn more about this collaboration, check out our blog.


MORE THAN A GAME OF GOLF

JOIN ORNGE AIR AMBULANCE AND OUTWARD BOUND FOR A FUN DAY OF GOLF AND GIVING BACK!


This is more than just a day on the greens! Join ORNGE Air Ambulance and Outward Bound on June 11, 2018 at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club for a day of golf and giving back. Participate in the Air Ambulance Golf Classic and you will be supporting bold and innovative solutions to increase success amongst Indigenous people, while also enjoying a day out playing and celebrating with key players from ORNGE and Outward Bound Canada! Proceeds from the golf tournament will be donated to Outward Bound Canada's programs for Indigenous youth. Thank you to ORNGE for organizing and facilitating this event.

Early bird rates apply until April 2, 2018. Register now - we hope to see you there!


REACH BEYOND IN 2018!

EXPERIENCE THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF AN OBC COURSE AND FUNDRAISE TO OFFER THE SAME EXPERIENCE TO SOMEONE ELSE


Does time away from nagging notifications and email overloads sound too good to be true? Make this bliss your reality and experience a whole new world through our 2018 Reach Beyond Expeditions! These expeditions do double duty – giving you an opportunity to unplug from your devices in some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, while challenging yourself physically and in fundraising to provide someone in need with a life-changing Outward Bound journey of their very own. Whether it’s trekking to iconic Everest Base Camp, or experiencing the paddler’s paradise of the Nahanni River, cross a once-in-a-lifetime adventure off your bucket list and raise funds to support OBC charitable programs at the same time.

Learn more about our Reach Beyond Fundraising Expeditions or learn more about our charitable programs.


BOUNDERS’ LOG: ANTALYA

ANTALYA SHARES HER WEST COAST EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE


Antalya came to Outward Bound looking to complete the Adventurous Journey portion of her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She set out on the trip apprehensive and unsure of what to expect, having never undertaken a backcountry adventure. “Fear cultivates anxiety and self-doubt that impedes on my ability to take chances and dissuades me from taking risks that could enhance my life,” said Antalya. What she discovered about herself on her five day canoeing expedition in British Columbia’s Samsun Narrows was so much more meaningful.

Here is an excerpt from Antalya’s post on our Expedition Log blog:

“A week prior to my canoeing expedition, I was reluctant to go, I even quivered at the thought of having to leave my home to stay in the forest. I had little backcountry camping experience and I was anxious about leaving my family. As we walked onto the bus, peering at the eight other participants, little did I know, that instead of this trip changing my life for the “worse”, it would be the complete opposite.

Despite, the initial adjustments to the environment and the discomfort I felt during the first night away from home, the rest of the trip took a remarkable turn and it left me with memories and it etched a permanent mark within me. The skills I learned from the trip have changed my outlook on life and give me hope that I can overcome any circumstance, even if it seems unachievable.

Leaving this trip made me feel like I lost something I never realized I needed. Never will I forget how I felt sitting with everyone at night or listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks while the sun warmed my back on those hot summer days.”


Read Antalya’s full post here


WHY WE GIVE TO OBC: THE SLAIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION

THE SLAIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION SHARES OUR PASSION FOR IMPROVING THE WELL-BEING OF CANADA’S INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS.


Established in 2008, The Slaight Family Foundation is committed to making a difference. The Foundation is particularly supportive of projects that help at-risk or disadvantaged youth and takes a strategic approach to philanthropy, preferring to fund programs that have a tangible impact on people’s lives and are sustainable and longer term. To date, The Slaight Family has supported hundreds of projects within Canada and overseas, assisting at-risk youth, supporting various health research initiatives, encouraging new works of art and providing bursaries and endowment for students in need of financial support to continue their studies. As part of one of the largest charitable donations aimed at Indigenous communities ever announced in Canada - more than $12 million to 15 not-for-profit organizations working to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of Canada’s Indigenous populations - The Slaight Family Foundation has gifted $1 million over five years to help OBC expand program offerings for Indigenous youth and adults. This funding has allowed OBC to expand Indigenous programs across the country, supporting youth through curriculum–based leadership courses, prospective outdoor educators through focused Indigenous instructor training, and women survivors of trauma through the expansion of our Women of Courage program.

“Indigenous people throughout Canada need support – from within their communities and without – in order to thrive and I believe we all have a responsibility to offer that support, both privately and through government funding,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of The Slaight Family Foundation. “We have sought the advice of Indigenous leaders across Canada in the development of these initiatives and are hopeful that these gifts will have a positive lasting impact on the lives of Indigenous Canadians, particularly youth. We are proud to be able to help make a difference.”

To learn how you can support OBC’s charitable programs, visit outwardbound.ca/donate.



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