“Outward Bound’s mission is to provide challenging experiences that help people to discover, develop and achieve their potential”.
This statement can mean many things, to many people. For A.B. Paterson College students in Year 10 – who embarked on a week-long adventure in the Northern New South Wales rural hinterland, 30 minutes from Murwillumbah – it represented an opportunity to discover something new about themselves. For most, it was the first time they had been camping and, perhaps more significantly, the first time they had been away from family and friends for such a considerable period of time. But for all those involved, pre-conceived ideas of how to cope in unfamiliar and strange surroundings were certainly challenged throughout their time away. This is what our students had to say about this year’s camp:
Outward Bound 2018 was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. In the five days of navigating, hiking, canoeing, abseiling and climbing, there were countless opportunities to develop leadership and teamwork skills in situations that I haven't normally experienced. The main things that stand out for me from the camp were not the hardships I faced – instead, our ability to work as a team to get all of the work done. As we found out on this camp, we are truly stronger together.
Being able to share so many memories and adventures with a group of people was amazing. I will never forget our exciting climb up Big Ben, or jumping out of our canoes to have a swim in the dam on the second last day. Our teamwork, patience and energy truly made the experience a wonderful one for all of us.
Going on Outward Bound gave me the opportunity to grow as a person and a leader. Away from the pressures of schoolwork and social media, we all had a chance to be ourselves without any stress of what others might think. On the camp, we learnt about pushing our limits and expanding our comfort zone by completing many different initiatives and activities. We also had an opportunity to give back to the community, by helping to clean up a property that hosts many camp participants over the year.
Outward Bound was a life-changing experience for me. I conquered many fears, pushed myself both physically and emotionally, and had the chance to lead our group on several occasions, which was something I hadn't done before! I will never forget the final night where we shared marshmallows over the campfire together – it was a beautiful chance to reflect on the week we had spent together, learning so much about ourselves and each other.
Thank you to the teachers and camp leaders who made the camp a very special one. It would not have been nearly as fun without their patience and assistance in making everything run smoothly. I had an amazing experience and I hope the memories I have made will stay with me forever.
Sascha Lawton, Year 10
The Outward Bound camp, as a whole, was something myself and many others thoroughly enjoyed. It was a very different experience that pushed us all outside our comfort zone to learn new things about ourselves and others. Personally, the bonds I made on Outward Bound taught me about the importance of teamwork and leadership and made the experience that much better.
Sam Voss, Year 10
Year 10 Outward Bound was definitely a memorable experience and one that will not be forgotten. This camp was very challenging, mentally and physically, it allowed us to learn things about ourselves that we weren't aware of. What I loved about the camp was how it allowed me to branch out of my regular friendship group, bringing me closer to many different people. The thing that I will always remember about the camp was all the memories that I made with my peers, who I now call my friends.
OB taught me to be grateful for the little things that we have, such as a bedroom door, privacy and dry clothes. I also learned to appreciate how much our Mums really do for us. Once you’re out there fending for yourself, you are so much more grateful for comforts such as clean clothes, a yummy, home-cooked meal, and a proper roof above your head. The camp taught me to appreciate the smallest things in life which you would normally take for granted.
Ella Gerardis, Year 10
Outward Bound really was an opportunity that we will remember for the rest of our lives because it would have changed all of us in one way or another. It was probably the best way to be pushed out of your comfort zone and experiencing things with your friends that you've probably never done before makes it special. OB was an eye-opener to what we are capable of and what this world has to offer for us.
Jorja Rogers, Year 10
Andrew Sole – Head of Outdoor Education