Outward Bound was founded in 1941 to give young men the confidence to survive if their ships went down in the North Atlantic. The model was so successful that when the war was over, young men from commerce and industry were sent on courses with remarkable results.

Now we have girls and boys as young as 11 years of age participating in Outward Bound. While some things have changed, what remains the same is the unique adventure and personal journey each participant experiences. Every story is an adventure worth reading - and worth sharing - here.

What was your biggest Outward Bound challenge? Do you have a humorous or poignant story to tell? Have you used the skills and confidence from Outward Bound to help you in life?  We would love to hear your experience of Outward Bound.

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Your Stories

  • 5th April 2015

    I had the pleasure of a three week Outward Bound course at APPLECROSS in Scotland, from 19th July to 9th August 1969.
    I was a shy 16 year old city girl from Glasgow, suddenly thrown into a new world of tents, hiking,...

  • 4th April 2015

    I was lucky as I was asked to go on OBC after a few of my fellow apprentices turned down the opportunity; I did have a vague idea of what it was all about and jumped at the chance. It was 1967 and I was 19 and set off for...

  • 30th March 2015

    I was chosen to attend Outward Bound by my school in Oldham, and funded by the LEA. Back then it was a real honour to get on the course and I landed in Devon for a month long course in August. I remember being collected in the...