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After the success of the January WA School Leaders program, scholarships for up to 40 per cent off are now on offer for current and aspiring school leaders in Western Australia for the April school holidays program.

Outward Bound CEO Darren Black said the course is designed to develop the students’ skills and attributes when leading themselves and their teams to success.

“The program incorporates indoor theory and knowledge, which is then put into practice outdoors in an adventurous environment,” said Mr Black.

“Graduates are eligible for five WACE points and it’s an excellent opportunity for those interested in leadership to add sparkle to their CV.

“I personally invite all current and aspiring school leaders in the Western Australia, who have a desire to be challenged and be the best they can be, to apply for the April school holidays program.

“We’re offering 40 per cent scholarships but places are filling up fast, so get in touch with our Enrolments Mananger Eva Breidenbach for an application form - free call 1800 267 999 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Monday 20th February, 2012


A wilderness-based professional development program that has been developing the management skills of emerging leaders and building strong corporate teams on the east coast for over six years is now available to West Australian professionals, with an exclusive two-for-one offer for its West Australian release.

The Catalyst program, which has been a part of The Fletcher Group, Boral and Evans & Peck’s professional development programs, is being launched by not-for-profit experiential learning organisation Outward Bound and is designed for emerging leaders and graduates in corporations, government agencies and not-for profits in Western Australia.

The inaugural West Australian program is running April 19th to 25th and offers an opportunity for your staff to explore the concepts of effective leadership through high-impact wilderness activities such as rafting, hiking, high ropes and camping; as well as leadership concepts like the Leadership Wheel.

Bunbury based participant from The Laminex Group, Aaron Story, travelled across the country last year to attend Catalyst on the east-coast and speaks of the benefits the course has had on his professional development:

“We learnt how to get others motivated when it wasn’t a task that they would normally excel at. Positive reinforcement and the feeling that everyone was in it together and had the same goal was a huge motivation when it got real tough – this is something I have brought back with me to the office,” said Aaron.

“The activities and challenges we completed taught me how lines of communication can break down without the correct structure. Understanding this concept has helped me enormously when it comes to leading my team.”

If you want to empower your emerging leaders to inspire their own teams and realise what they are capable of, then don’t miss out on this exclusive two-for-one deal for your staff.

Standard Price: $2950


Dates: 19th to 25th April, 2012

Location: Walpole Wilderness


Eva Breidenbach
Free call 1800 267 999
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WA School Leaders unlock their leadership potential

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Outward Bound Australia has successfully initiated its new leadership offering for Western Australian students with the Inaugural School Leaders Program, held in Walpole, WA in late January 2012.

Leveraging from the success of Youth Navigator programs, the exclusive School Leaders program has been developed for current and aspiring school leaders in WA, aged 16 – 17, to fill the gap in leadership development opportunities that are more readily available to their east coast peers.

Five young current and aspiring school leaders from Rockingham, Armadale, Bunbury and Nannup attended the program over seven days, completing theoretical and wilderness based adventures to explore the concepts of effective leadership and help them transfer this into the classroom and become positive role models in their communities.

As well as this, the students walked away as a tight-knit team with 5 WACE points each for their graduate leaving certificates.

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Rockingham student Connor Warn, one of the five who completed the School Leaders program, said the course allowed him to grow as a person and overcome his fears.

“Outward Bound has definitely given me more confidence and motivation to do the things I want, as now I believe I can achieve anything,” Connor said.

“It was a tough course, but I loved every minute of it. I now have so much more confidence in my school work and in myself as a leader.”

Claire Peck, Outward Bound’s WA Partnership Manager, says the program is designed to help current and aspiring school leaders develop the skills and understanding to be the best leaders they can be and get a competitive edge on their peers.

“We are pleased to announce the program will be running again in April, based on the success of the Inaugural course,” Claire said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to prepare students for their final years of school and add that extra ‘sparkle’ to their CV  while earning 5 WACE points.”

“I encourage anyone who wants to be or currently is a prefect, sports captain or school leader of any sort to enrol in the course, it’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss.”

The next School Leaders program will be held from 10th – 16th April and 1st – 7th October. To secure your place or a place for your child or student, please contact:

Melissa Mak, WA Business Development Manager
ph: 0419 808 676
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Claire Peck, WA Partnerships Manager
ph: 0407 095 130
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Are you one of the Nowra Lions Outward Bound Project “One Hundred”?


Remember your life-changing experience with Outward Bound? Originally from the Nowra region? Then you must be one of over 100 people who were sponsored by Nowra Lions Club since 1989 (or later Bomaderry Lions) to attend an Outward Bound Course under what is now known as the Nowra Lions Outward Bound Project.

The search for the Nowra One Hundred is now on and we'd like to hear from you!

If you are on of the Nowra 100, then you are one of the 100+ young Australians that have been sponsored by Nowra Lions Club since 1989 and more recently Bomaderry Lions Club, through the generosity of the people and/or businesses in your local community, to attend an Outward Bound Navigator Course.

To mark this outstanding community achievement, Outward Bound Australia is keen to maximise this opportunity to further research the long-term effects of its courses on such a localised and reasonably homogeneous group.

That all means…. we want your story! In particular we want to know how your Outward Bound experience impacted on your life and what the community sponsorship you received from your local Lions Club and its supporters, meant to you.

We’ve already received the first story, from the very man who started it all in 1989. Bruce Spender was, at the time, posted to the Royal Australian Navy as Training Administration Officer when he became involved with Outward Bound through a leadership training program. Bruce says:

“After I left the RAN and became involved with Lions International through the Nowra Club. I thought that Lions, who operate various programmes for young Australians, could become involved with local youth by sponsoring them to attend the Outward Bound Navigator course. In my year as President of the Nowra Club I therefore suggested we do this. The Board of Directors agreed so our first young person was a young man by the name of Paul Brown who worked with the same company as I did – Paul is now Director of the very company.

Of all the young people who the Nowra Lions Club has sponsored almost every single one has benefitted from the experience and the majority have demonstrated that they have greatly benefited from their attendance. Just as we observed changes in the young naval officers who did our leadership and expedition training at the RANC, many parents have been amazed at the difference in maturity and tolerance of others that is achieved in just 12 short days, by their child’s participation in the Outward Bound Navigator Course. “From little acorns great oaks grow”. The ongoing difference that has and will continue to make in their own lives and the community in which they live, is immeasurable.”

If you know of any other “100” members, pass on the message. We want to trace as many as we can before the course in April 2012, that will take us past this memorable milestone.

You can read other Nowra 100 stories, or share your own story by clicking here.

We hope you will contribute and if you know of any others who were similarly sponsored by Nowra or Bomaderry Lions Clubs, please let us know by contacting:
Lloyd Worthy
ph: 0412 489 926
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Freya Norman
ph: 02 9818 0988
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Community Organisations support Inaugural Rainforest Navigator Program


Last year’s acquisition of Northern NSW based Outdoor Education provider Inter-action has been hailed a success by the community after the inaugural Outward Bound Youth Navigator course received strong support from local organisations and Outward Bound’s National supporters.

The Inaugural Rainforest Navigator course, held over 12 days from 7th to 19th January at Uki’s OutwardBound@Inter-Action, has accelerated the momentum of the business in the local market, with 15 students from Northern NSW and South-East QLD attending the course.

Australian Lions Clubs, which have had a long-standing involvement in Outward Bound programs across the country, also demonstrated their commitment to the new program with the co-sponsorship of 13 students by Q1 District Lions Clubs and the Australian Outward Bound Development Fund (AODBF).

In addition to local Lions clubs, the initiative involved working with the Queensland Department of Communities and NSW Department of Community Services to provide five children in foster care an opportunity to attend the course. Along with families of participants, the following Lions Clubs worked together to raise funds for the 13 co-sponsored students to participate in the inaugural course: Lions Clubs of Casino, Brisbane Macgregor, Robina, Logan Ladies Brisbane, Ballina, East Ballina, Lismore, Burleigh Heads, Camp Hill-Caringdale, Rochedale-Springwood, Macleay Island and Bonaldo, as well as the Lions Club of Tweed Coast South who provided transport for the four Queensland children in foster care.

This co-sponsorship initiative, modelled on Outward Bound’s Community Partnership program with Lions, was made possible by Past District Governor Tony Cornell, who was appointed to coordinate all participating Lions Clubs in the area and who worked tirelessly to make the ambitious project come to fruition.

“This was a new venture for our Lions District; it is our intention to build on the success of the camp,” Mr Cornell said. benshay

“We believe we can establish Outward Bound as a more prominent and worthwhile activity in Queensland.

“Based on the success of this program, we are now currently working on the next course at Uki.”

While two girls had to withdraw due to illness during the course, it was a highly successful program with thirteen individually charged teenagers finishing as a fully bonded team, tired but fulfilled and, according to instructors not wanting to leave.

Lions sponsored participant Lara Ran said the course has helped her relate to outside situations based on what she accomplished during the program.

“If I can walk up Mount Jerusalem, surely I can publish speak!” Lara said.

Likewise, Ben Parker who was also sponsored by Lions said he’s gained a lot of self-awareness as during the course.

“It showed me that the only thing that will stop me is me…And that people really do notice the little things you do for them,” said Ben.

The program also significantly impacted the two participants not sponsored by Lions, Jack Walkowiak and James Barry, who gained invaluable experience from their exposure to the Lions sponsored effort and each personally contributed to the strong group dynamic.

“Outward Bound is the best thing I have done in my life so far. It’s worth every second,” Jack said.

James Barry said, “My comfort bubble was popped” “It was one of the best things I’ve ever done”.

The next Outward Bound Rainforest Navigator course will run from July 2nd to July 13th and Lions clubs are already working on the program. If you know of someone who could benefit from a life-changing Outward Bound experience in the Northern NSW or South-east QLD area, or a Lions club that would like to get involved in the initiative, please contact:
Lions PDG Tony Cornell 
ph: 02 6680 2011
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