Monday, June 11, 2012

When I went Outward Bound: Erik Bertram, Part 2

Even if you're accustomed to the outdoors and think you have a good grasp of who you are, there is always more to discover about yourself. Here's more from Erik, our intrepid alumnus.

Erik Bertram wasn't a stranger to outdoor adventures when he enrolled in his first Outward Bound trip. As a kid, he'd participated in many fall and winter Scout Camps and completed multiple day hikes. His family was really into camping, and he also completed two week-long camping and canoeing trips in Haliburton through the Greater Toronto Council's Camp Adventureland program.

This experience helped Erik build essential skills for working through challenges and having fun in group settings. When asked what personal qualities he discovered in himself through his first OBC course, Erik highlighted teamwork, leadership and patience.

"It felt good knowing that I was improving myself and the way I interact with other people."

Erik is a very independent young man and he felt confident making these discoveries on his own. But when he needed the support, he sure wasn't alone.

"My course instructors were really great, and were very easy to connect with. They were able to make everyone feel comfortable."

Want to meet some of the instructors of this year's summer courses? Check back tomorrow to meet Troy Patenaude and Delmar Williams -- instructors of the 2012 Mountain Passages for Boys!

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