Support the next generation of students

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We remain dedicated to provide opportunities for all ethnic and socio economic communities and abilities. In addition to supporting the many young people who just need a small ‘hand up’ with their fundraising, we also work with schools and community partners to provide opportunities for their young people to come to Outward Bound, most of who would financially be unable to fund an Outward Bound experience.

30% of our course mix is provided by community partners, many of whom are fully funded. This equates to $1.5 million per annum.

Scholarship funding for our students is sourced from: Membership, gifting to our Foundation Pathway, donations received to our Outward Bound Supporters programme, scholarships set up by individuals and/or other organisations, specific donations received, and the Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand Foundation.

Cobham Scholarship Fund

The Cobham Memorial Scholarship Fund is about keeping the spirit of Outward Bound alive in as many people as possible. Every individual that goes to Outward Bound gains lessons for life. The real challenge is how we can share this gift with more New Zealanders.

To learn more about the Cobham Memorial Scholarship Fund and to download the brochure and donation form click here.


You can make a donation towards scholarships, gear rollovers or capital projects. We can protect your donation to ensure it is used for the purpose you wish. There are two options depending on the value of your donation, and how you would like us to use it.

To be fully expended within a specific timeframe

Donations of this classification are held in the Trust (under our Trust Management policies and procedures) until they are used. These funds are audited annually to ensure they have been used for the purpose they were gifted, and we can, if required, provide you with a balance on the fund periodically during the year.

To become a legacy

With only the income generated from investment being made available for use (generally for amounts exceeding $50,000). Donation of this classification are held in trust with the Foundation.

If you have any questions please contact our Scholarship Manager at or 04 495 1761.

Outward Bound Supporters

For 50 years now Outward Bound has changed the lives of over 54,000 New Zealanders - helping them reach their full potential through challenge and adventure in the outdoors.

All donations make a difference

We developed the Outward Bound Supporters Programme so that anyone can make a regular donation (the minimum donation is $5 per month). Combined together, these donations make a huge impact on the safety and quality of our courses, as well as providing opportunities for young people to attend Outward Bound.

You can specify how your regular donation is to be used, ie scholarships, safety and gear rollover or capital projects. At the end of the tax year we will send you a receipt for donation purposes, along with an outline as to how your donation has contributed to Outward Bound during the year.
Help us continue to be a turning point in people's lives by supporting our OB Supporters programme, this in turn ensuring our financial stability and independence.

Become an Outward Bound supporter

Step 1. Complete and submit our Outward Bound supporter form.

Step 2. Complete and return our customised automatic payment authority form- please send to Outward Bound, PO Box 25274, Panama Street, Wellington 6146 (we will forward it to your bank once we have registered it in our system)

For more information on becoming a regular supporter please contact our Scholarship Manager on 04 495 1761 or email

Our Foundation Pathway

With your gift of $140 your brick will become part of Outward Bound's Foundation Pathway. The pathway links the Watchhouses and helps students on their journey of personal development and self discovery. Help Outward Bound build a pathway for people from all walks of life.

Your donation covers the laying and engraving of your paving brick with your name or inspirational words of your choice. The remainder is held by the Outward Bound Foundation as a legacy for student scholarships.

The annual closing date for donations is March 31, and bricks are laid around June each year. 

For more information on purchasing a brick please contact our Funds Development Manager on 04 282 1421 or email

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