School children are the main beneficiaries of Outward Bound programs. The experiential learning opportunity brings them closer to nature, allows them to explore the various nuances of life skills under unfamiliar but safe environment.
At personal level, for many students, the experience may lead to ‘Self Discovery’, for others it may be an opportunity to express their ‘Self Confidence’, for still others it may prove to be a challenge to leave behind the comforts of home & dependency on elders and prove their ability to ‘Care for themselves and others’. All in all it proves to be a great learning experience.
Institutions bringing these children to the Outward Bound camps also benefit a lot in terms of creating an environment of togetherness, bonding, caring & sharing, which is reflected in many ways.
School teachers are encouraged to actively participate in the activities during these programs, so as to bring about a qualitative change in their relationship with the students. The informal environment at the outdoors acts as a catalyst for developing a better understanding amongst them.
These learning programs can be improvised & customized to some extent, to suit the needs of the institutions participating in these camps.
Individual students can also join these programs during vacations. The environment at the camps because of the diversity of the students’ background is yet another opportunity for students to learn from.
We request & encourage institutions that are unable to bring students in groups to allow their students who are keen to join the camps to go ahead and do so, by giving them special permission during the academic sessions, treating it as a part of co-curricular activity participation.