More than any other course, Outward Bound Canada’s Leadership courses offer intensive leadership training for older teens. Our goal is for you to return home ready to take an up-front role in your school, amongst your peers or within your neighbourhood and surrounding community. This course teaches advanced leadership practices, giving you a new perspective on your ability to take on a global mission and leave your mark on the world at large.
Leadership courses offer greater physical challenges so you can reap the ultimate rewards. Your mental and physical endurance will be tested, helping you accept your limits and recognize how your attitude affects your performance. Furthermore, you will be expected to share leadership of the group, taking ownership of your group’s consequences and outcomes and learning how to appropriately delegate roles and accept support so that, as you grow and excel, so does your team, ensuring the entire group achieves outstanding success.
AREA & ACTIVITIES
Your journey begins when you meet your group in Huntsville, Ontario. From there you will make your way to the Missinaibi River, one of the longest free-flowing, undeveloped rivers in Ontario. Your goal is to paddle over 500km of the river, from Chapleau to Moosonee on James Bay. There you will be rewarded with a beautiful train ride back through the northern Ontario wilderness.
As an advanced whitewater expedition where you will learn increasingly sophisticated whitewater paddling techniques, how to swim through rapids, the art of reading rivers, river navigation, as well as swift water safety procedures and rescues. Course work for your high school credit will be done through these activities, group discussions and analysis, and daily journal reflections. This journey also includes a 48-72 hour solo experience where you will prove your skills while being supervised by our experienced instructional team. Often described as the most transformative part of the experience, your solo will give you the chance to reflect on earlier conversations from the expedition, absorb important realizations about yourself, and leave behind anything that will no longer serve you going forward.
To learn how fit you need to be for an Outward Bound Canada course, click here. To learn more about our high school credit click here. This course qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze or Silver Adventurous Journey (including preliminary training, practice and qualifying journey) as well as the Gold Adventurous Journey, or Gold Residential Project. For more info visit the Duke of Ed website here.
FUNDING & SUPPORT
Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase the ability of Canadian residents to access Outward Bound Canada’s impactful programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers funding designed to assist participants and their families with financial barriers to participation. If you would like to learn more, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page.