Parents and students ask me “What happens on an Outward Bound course?” Recently, I’ve found explaining that it is NOT like a popular television series is helpful; no one gets voted off the show. A core philosophy of Outward Bound is for its participants to persevere, and to persevere as a group. Consisting of ordinary students with individual strengths and weaknesses, removed from the normal routines of life, a group of young people are encouraged to discover perspectives about themselves and their relationship with others—perspectives that provide incentive for support, self-reliance, and compassion. It is a lifelong lesson for success. And that’s why the Clarks Sports Center has supported sending our young people on these programs for over 30 years.
-Jerry Townsend, Retired teacher, Adventure Facilitator at Clark Sports Center