Kurt Hahn, an inspired educator, devised the Outward Bound program because he believed that it was important for students to develop their inner abilities beyond the classroom. He was also fundamental in establishing the Gordonstoun School in Scotland, the Duke of Edinburgh program and United World Colleges. The ideals that encompass this long standing program are described here by Hahn: “Outward Bound transcends class and individual differences and kindles within each of us a sense of community and strong dedication to service. The wilderness environment allows one’s veneers to slip away, and each person can grow through daring to risk, to care, and to share with others. As an educational forum, Outward Bound offers true learning, involving heart, mind, and body, in a way that will last a lifetime."
In 1941, Hahn wanted the Outward Bound program and ideals to be available to all youth and not just private school students. Therefore, he sought out financial support from Sir Lawrence Holt, an executive of a major shipping company. Holt agreed to support the Outward Bound program, as he felt sailors were lacking physical and emotional endurance to survive lifeboat rescues during the Second World War. This is what brought about the creation of the first Outward Bound training program. To this day, all the programs use the challenges and inspiration of the natural environment- rivers, lakes, mountains and oceans - to bring the best out in everyone.
BCS has been a proud member of this extraordinary program since 2005, which was set up and funded by Bartlett H. MacDougall (BCS’54), grandson of Hartland B. MacDougall (BCS’1894). Mr. Bartlett H. MacDougall, a former Chairman and longtime supporter of Outward Bound Canada, created The Outward Bound Canada Award. The award is a 21-day Outward Bound Canada course and is awarded to the student in Form V who most exemplifies “self-reliance, care and respect for others, service to the community, and concern for the environment,” priorities espoused by Outward Bound founder, Kurt Hahn. Furthermore, the student must have completed a minimum of the Bronze Level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Mr. MacDougall used BCS as the first school to offer such an award. It was Mr. MacDougall’s intention, in the coming years, to establish this award at other schools throughout the country. BCS is honoured to have been the launch pad for this initiative.