Participants on school holiday programs with Outward Bound at the top of Mt Kosciuszko

Outward Bound runs school holiday programs for young adults aged 12 and over. Programs are divided into under 18’s, over 18’s (including the really big kids) and the entire family.

Typical Outward Bound school holiday programs include a high-ropes course, raft building, hiking, navigating and camping. School holiday programs stimulate participants in a positive and constructive environment. The authentic adventure model of Outward Bound school holiday programs enables participants to thrive in the natural  environment, without the distraction of mobile phones and social media.

“Outward Bound changed the trajectory of my life, fundamentally shifted how I perceived myself and set me on a life course that I am eternally grateful for!! There is absolutely no doubt about it!” Tash, Colorado/Raleigh International competition winner, 2003.

School holiday programs run in Canberra, northern NSW and outside Melbourne at these locations. If you’re doing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, take a look at our school holiday adventurous journeys and residential projects.

Watch videos of what previous school holiday program participants say about Outward Bound.

School Holiday Programs for:

Ages 12 – 14

Young Explorer is more than just a 5-day school holiday program for teenagers. Young adolescents are encouraged to explore their potential in a fun and challenging environment. Outward Bound instructors facilitate each activity to ensure a positive and educational experience for your child.

Ages 15 -17

Navigator is a 12-day experience that will give you personal motivation, boost your self-esteem and confidence, and provide you with the skills to map your journey of self-discovery! You’ll find you’re capable of more than you thought possible through adventure, laughter and some one-on-one time with the wilderness.

Ages 18+

Discover is a 5 -day journey introducing you to the outdoors in a safe and supportive way. Remove the distractions of the modern world in favour of real conversation, shared challenges and a pervading sense of wonderment.

Summit to Sea is Outward Bound’s most famous epic adventure through three states. Starting from Australia’s highest mountain it continues for 26 days to the south coast of Victoria. You will discover new things about yourself, boost your self-confidence and grow in ways you never thought possible.

School Holiday Activities for Families

Family is a 5-day school holiday get-away with a difference. A bonding experience you’ll never forget! It encourages participants to support one another and connect through dialogue, personal reflection and working together. This is a rare opportunity to see your family in a whole new light and create life-long memories.. The family course is for youth aged 12-16 years of age with an accompanying adult/s.