Outward Bound 2018

Skills for Life

Fancy a Free, 3 week, Life Changing Adventure?

This year, courtesy of the Sir John Priestman Charity Trust and the Outward Bound Trust, more of our Explorer Scouts will have the opportunity to attend an Outward Bound "Skills for Life" course in July/August, held at Outward Bound's Ullswater Centre. Each course is worth more than £1,700 and is recognised as one of the world's best outdoor development courses, with:

IMG_20160416_105534To earn your place, you will need to take part in a selection event which consists of a 10-15 km night hike, an overnight bivouac, personal & team challenges and an interview, all based at Moor House Adventure Centre.

We aim to select up to six Explorer Scouts who will not only be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the Skills for Life course, but who will most importantly gain the most in terms of personal development. The places may not necessarily go to the Explorer Scouts who are currently the most ‘outdoorsy’ but to those who, in the opinion of the selection team, will benefit the most from going on a Skills for Life adventure and who will give the most back to Scouting and their communities.

To do this we will ask you to participate in a number of activities and will use an objective scoring system (designed in accordance with the county selection policy) to identify the most suitable candidates. We also hope that the selection process will be an enjoyable time and that any candidates who are not selected will still gain something from the experience.

To apply, you must:

  • Currently be an Explorer Scout in Durham Scout County,
  • Be aged 15 or over on 23rd July 2018 (the minimum age for the course is 15),
  • Be available for the selection event on the evening of 20th April (from 7pm), until the afternoon on Saturday 21st April 2018,
  • Be available for the 'Skills for Life' course, from 23rd July to 10th August 2018 (yes, this really is three weeks of your life!)
  • Fill in the application form below (note that you will need to think about why you want to go on the Skills for Life course and you should set aside 15-20 minutes to complete your application - have a good read of the form first)
  • Send a signed consent form (Durham Scouts Medical and Consent Form (Under 18)) to Moor House, or bring a signed copy on the Friday evening (note that if you do not have a signed consent form you will not be allowed to take part in the selection)

Note that applications close 31st March 2018

We will send you, your leader and parent/carer  an acknowledgement once we receive your application and we will send you details of the selection event approximately 10 days before the event. This is to allow you time to prepare and make sure that you have the appropriate equipment.

We look forward to seeing you at the selection event - good luck!