Our mission is to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world.
This simple idea forms the basis of Outward Bound’s philosophy and provides the guiding principle for all Outward Bound experiences. Each Outward Bound course is much more than just learning the technical skills of canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, backpacking and dogsledding. It’s designed to be an incredible and indelible journey of self-discovery.
For centuries, the term “outward bound” described a ship as it left the harbour and headed out to face the challenges and risks of the open sea. For the sailors, it implied commitment to a long journey, and of course, adventure. Today “Outward Bound” means much more than this.
The idea was that of Kurt Hahn, an inspired educator. From his desire to ignite and sustain the inner strengths of youth, he developed a philosophy that used adventure and community service as training vehicles through which youth could mature and develop a sense of responsibility and compassion. He sought financial support in order to make such experiences available to all youth.
In 1941, the first Outward Bound courses were launched in Wales for sailors, students, apprentices and cadets. Holt believed in training “not for the sea, but through the sea”. All Outward Bound programs use the challenges and inspiration of the natural environment – rivers, lakes, mountains and oceans – to bring out the best in everyone.
Our core values are unquestionable, and the philosophy behind Outward Bound has remained consistent for over sixty years. In Hahn’s words: “I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion.”
Outward Bound Canada is proud to be of Outward Bound International. Outward Bound International is a membership organization of the worldwide Outward Bound network. This network consists of 34 Outward Bound schools around the world. For more information please visit Outward Bound International website.
Outward Bound Canada’s mission is to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world. We are proud to be an organization that has consistently been at the forefront of educational and social innovation.
We partner with high schools, universities, community groups, government agencies, corporate groups and learning institutes across Canada to provide a wide range of services that enhance capacity and leadership and assist youth and adults in challenging times of transition. For information on Outward Bound Canada read through our FAQs or see our educational philosophy.