I can’t begin to express my gratitude for funding me to go onto this course. The Outward Bound skills for life award has been one of the most challenging yet amazing experiences of my entire life. I have done things that I never thought I could ever achieve from jumping off crazy high gorge cliffs, to just keeping up with the rest of the group when climbing mountains (I was usually the one they were waiting for) in the final expeditions. I have learnt so much about myself from doing it, while yes I might still be a slight introvert I have realised that I have the ability to get on with almost everyone and I’ve made so many more new friends from the course that I’m sure I’ll stay in touch with now for the rest of my life. I think this is one of the greatest products of the course, that I have met and socialised with different people from all over the country and in some cases the world.
So thank you again for one of, if not the best experience of my life
This summer I completed the Outward Bound Skills for Life Award and I am writing to thank you for funding me and giving me the chance to have experienced this wonderful opportunity.
The 19 days that I spent at the Outward Bound Ullswater centre were some of the best days I have and ever will experience. The activities and tasks that we were set to do were something that I never would have done or will get the chance to do, if I hadn’t been able to go on the course. Activities such as gauge walking and cliff jumping have made me become a better team worker and have allowed me to develop my skills, enriching me as a person with attributes that I can now take into future situations and am able to complete with a new perspective. Additionally before I had gone on the course I was lacking confidence, however meeting all the new people on the Skills for Life course has made become more confident within myself through their support and me being able to express myself and my ideas to people I had never met previously. Due to the course, I have made some life-long friends from across the world who taught many things and I am extremely grateful for this.
Before the course, I had a slightly pessimistic attitude towards things and didn’t always take up opportunities when given them. However Outward Bound has given me a new perspective and has encouraged me to grab those chances when presented them as they may never arise again. The expeditions allowed me to see that I am able to do things that I didn’t think I was able to. They made me a much more resilient person as I know giving up is never the answer because if you work hard, the outcome that you receive is much more satisfying and valuable than when giving up. The lessons that I have learnt on the Outward Bound course will stay with me for life and have made me a much happier and better person.
I would just like to sincerely thank you once again for providing me with this opportunity.
I have just returned from the outward bound centre in Ullswater after completing the skills for life award.
I want to thank you very much for funding me to attend the course. It was the best 3 weeks of my life so far. I’ve made so many new amazing friends and participated in activities I would never have done if I didn’t do this course; like climbing Scarfell pike and Helvellyn. I even got to meet the Duke of Edinburgh and speak to him! I will definitely be keeping in contact with people on the course, I already have reunions planned for October.
I’ve also developed lots of new skills which I would be able to transfer into my future career. I’ve especially developed my leadership and teamwork, because on expedition we had to take it in turns to be the team leader to do the days navigation. All the activities we did required good teamwork and communication, so I think I’ve become very successful in these areas over the 3 weeks. On the 12 hour solo, I reflected upon what I had been doing and I really think the skills for life course has boosted my confidence, so much so I feel that going to university is something that I can do. Before, I was worried I couldn’t meet new people and be away from home, but going on outward bound has made me realise that I don’t get homesick and I love meeting new people!
Thank you ever so much again..