Then the day finally came… I was going to put my training to the test and start the Outward Bound course. I was so excited. I was also a bit nervous but I knew I had to do this.
We went rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, running, camping solo and camping with others, swimming in a cold, cold lake, and had cold showers. We did the high obstacles course where you had to move under and over barriers. This was my biggest challenge. I was really scared and shaky. But I knew I would regret it if I didn’t give it a go. I ignored the shaky nervousness in my body and told myself not to give up. I knew that I would not regret achieving this big challenge and overcoming this fear. When I was finished, I was over the moon that I completed it!
And I had the support of my entire watch crew, we came together during Outward Bound and felt like a family.
I learned about working together and good communication during difficult activities, and also about being able to speak up when needing some help. We learned respect for each other and to be patient when it was our turn. It was very important for everyone to treat each other equally. This helped me a lot with friendships after Outward Bound. I feel stronger, more confident with people and have even more friends now than before!
Outward Bound taught me to have more confidence and realise there are so many possibilities. I guess you could say that I learnt anything is possible.