Blown by winds in our favour, smoke drifts in front of Mount Tennant and I am reminded that nothing stays the same.
The first few months of 2020 have been a whirlwind of fires and smoke, and commitment and generosity, and adaption and delivery. And through it all we have been able to keep delivering great adventure learning with our partners. Duke of Edinburgh journeys continued safely and successfully, we have been able to relocate or postpone most of the adventure learning programs due to run in fire and smoke affected regions. And though some National Parks remain closed, it feels like we are able to settle down into a stronger rhythm of program delivery.
Whilst the commitment of all Outward Bounders is inspiring, before we go on, I want to particularly recognise the hard work of staff members Chris Evans, Troy Dare, Damon Croke and Pete Webster who ensured that our National Base at Tharwa, ACT, was spared from the Orroral Valley fire.
As new growth sprouts from blackened bush, so grows the importance of connecting young people with the natural environment in a healthy and respectful way. Only through testing and immersing themselves in nature can young people reach their full potential.
The appetite for this can be seen by the inspiring generosity directed to Outward Bound from supporters. Last week we were honoured and thrilled to receive a bequest from a former Outward Bounder who believed in the power of outdoor adventure learning and their gift will allow many disadvantaged young people to benefit from an Outward Bound program. Leaving a gift in your Will is a wonderful way of supporting Outward Bound. If you are interested in what might be involved in this, please call Rachel Eland on 02 6235 5750.
Thank you for your commitment to adventure learning and I hope you enjoy the articles in this edition of Blue Peter!