Friday, May 25, 2012

There's more in you than you think

Have you ever asked yourself these questions:

What is one thing you know you must do in life, but terrifies you to even think of doing?

Are you in transition but don't know what you need to move forward?

Is there a personal quality you want to discover this summer?

If have the desire to figure out the answers, we want to help. Outward Bound has, oh, you know, a bit of experience helping youth and adults build self-esteem and confidence outdoors. Now we want to help you do the same online. 

With the help of our expert instructors, experienced staff, and -- most importantly -- you, we'll be sharing photos, videos, trivia, FAQs, and activities through social media to get you discovering that there really is more in you than you think. Even if you're not on an Outward Bound course this summer.

But wouldn't it be cool if you were on a course this summer? You'd be learning backpacking skills, trying sea kayaking, hiking around trees taller than buildings, cooking over a fire in the mountains, and solving problems with people who will become your lifelong friends. Not a bad summer, right?

We want to help with that too.

That's why we're giving you $250 off any 2012 Summer Youth course in Alberta and British Columbia when you post to our Facebook wall, tweet at us or comment on our blog about your own personal discovery. It's that simple.

Just make sure to share your story online by June 30 because courses get going at the beginning of July and we want to make sure you're on one of those courses, creating new stories in the outdoors!

So go forth, friends, and like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to this blog so you get regular doses of #personaldiscovery.

Then, share your story. Because we want to hear it. Online, and offline.

-- Jocelyn (a.k.a. ^JW)


2012 Summer Youth Courses -- Space still available!

Your buddy recommended it after his trip in the Rockies last year. Your high school counsellor said it could get you course credit towards graduation. Maybe you're on your way to earning the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Perhaps your parents say it'll be "good for you" to explore the West Coast. Or maybe you're just ready for the next adventure in life.

Whatever your reason for considering an Outward Bound course, there's no doubt it'll be the highlight of your summer. But there are limited spaces left, so make sure you ask us any questions and apply before the following courses fill up.

Please note that these courses are eligible for the $250 discount if you post to our Facebook wall, tweet at us, or comment on this blog with your own story of personal discovery.

Courses in British Columbia

Course availability: July 3 to July 23, 2012 or August 2 to August 22, 2012.

Course availability: For boys, July 8 to July 24, 2012. For girls, August 15 to August 31, 2012.

Course availability: July 9 to July 26, 2012.

Course availability: August 1 to August 14, 2012.

Courses in Alberta

Course availability: July 3 to July 20, 2012 (The Amphibian) or August 5 to August 21, 2012 (The Alpinist).

Course availability: July 5 to July 21, 2012 or August 1 to August 18, 2012.

Course availability: July 9 to July 22, 2012.

Course availability: August 9 to August 22, 2012.

Apply online today: 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Outward Bound Canada Board Members Paddle the Don!

OBC On Sunday May 6th Board members and staff from Outward Bound Canada joined 535 other Torontonians to paddle the mighty Don River in the Paddle the Don Event and in doing so, helping to raise $73,000 towards environmental projects in the Don River watershed. The Don River is at the heart of Canada's largest urban region. It is also at the heart of Outward Bound Canada's new urban tripping area, where we are connecting urban youth to themselves, to their communities and to their local environment through adventurous journeys in the urban wilderness.  To read more about this exciting new project of our's you can go to the Urban Programs section on our website.