In keeping with what our founder Kurt Hahn said more than 60 years ago: "that people have more in themselves than they ever thought possible", Outward Bound Canada has developed a new line-up of courses for Youth, Adults and Kids.
Our Life Compass Program is designed for younger adults looking to discover or renew a vision and purpose. While learning to focus on the journey and follow their hearts, students will also acquire valuable outdoor skills, test themselves on challenging whitewater, and acquire a set of unique certifications, including Whitewater Rescue Technician Level 1 and Level 1 Raft Guide Certification. This course is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and adventure, with a group of adults on a similar pilgrimage to find the direction of their life compass.
Our Coulonge to Noire Crossover Route is for ages 15-18. This course offers the best whitewater rapids on two separate rivers. The trip begins at the top of the Riviere Coulonge where students learn the basics for whitewater paddling and begin to hone paddling skills by navigating through beautiful pool and drop rapids. Midway through the trip, students make the 'crossover' by portaging and paddling through a series of inter-connected lakes until they emerge on the Riviere Noire. There, they will learn how to set up their own shelters for the famous Outward Bound 72-hour Solo. The Noire portion of the river provides a bit more challenge with rapids such as 'Canyon Staircase', 'Mountain Chutes', and '50:50'. A high school credit is available for this course.
Our EcoVenture for Kids Program has been totally re-vamped for 2008. We offer exciting and challenging programs for children ages 8 to 13, taught by highly qualified instructors. Committed to quality and safety, Outward Bound’s model of education is based on experiential learning – “learn by doing”. Through group activities, which encourage leadership skills, teamwork, self-reliance, confidence, respect, and the ability to meet challenges, children gain a new sense of themselves. Building on the philosophy, traditions and values of Outward Bound’s successful programming, children will canoe, rock climb, flatwater kayak, swim, camp out under the stars, play games, learn local legends, and challenge themselves on ropes courses and a rock climbing wall, depending on their age group. They’ll participate in drama, arts and crafts, and environmental and nature projects. The adventure at Outward Bound's EcoVenture is sure to be full of fun and learning, and build memories that last a lifetime.