Youth Activate

For Ages 16-18 Duration 8 days

During this 8 day course, participants will build the confidence to challenge themselves, a philosophy they can then transfer into everyday life. Return home with the courage and determination to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves.

Bookings & Fees

20-27 April 2023

FUNDING IS AVAILABLE, Please contact Leonie King for more information - see below for contact details.


About the course


  • Outdoor and physical activities such as high ropes, camping and journeys at sea. The exact programme is a surprise but there will early starts, late nights and lots of fun
  • Active reflection and workshops exploring what was learnt from each activity
  • Three qualified instructors and three support workers
  • Living, sleeping and working with 10 others from all around New Zealand
  • Some nights will be spent staying in a bunkroom at the school in Anakiwa and others exploring the Marlborough Sounds.



  • Specialist activity and safety equipment
  • Food and accommodation for the duration of the course
  • The option to borrow clothing. A gear list will be provided.

Participants will need to pay for their own medical and travel costs.


  • Resilience: Solution focused skills to manage challenge, uncertainty and change
  • Mindset: Understanding how your thoughts, feelings and actions impact your wellbeing
  • Empowerment: A deepened sense of personal identity, belonging and an acceptance of who you are. Understanding your values and how to use them to guide your goals, decisions and actions
  • Teamwork: Develop your ability to work in a team and build connections with people in your community.

Participant requirements

All participants must be:

  • 16-18 years of age
  • Independent in personal care and taking medication
  • Able to communicate clearly and have no intellectual disability
  • Able to attend without a carer and travel to and from the course independently
  • Experienced spending time away from home overnight
  • Able to participate in a full day of physical activity with rest breaks
  • Comfortable in and around the water, including having head under – lifejackets available
  • Able to meet general Outward Bound screening guidelines
  • Willing to give things a go
  • Have had at least a 1-year adaptation period since becoming a disabled person.

Participants in a wheelchair must be:

  • In a manual wheelchair (electric wheelchairs are not suitable for a course)
  • Able to transfer from the ground to their wheelchair
  • Be under 85kg.

NB: Due to technical equipment requirements, the course can take a maximum of two wheelchair users, two participants using crutches/frames and one participant who is blind or visually impaired.
Participants could include those with both congenital and acquired physical disabilities e.g. muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, amputations, arthritis.


What you'll need

When you come to Outward Bound, there are items that you will need to bring with you and items that we will supply. As for the things that you need to bring - we encourage you to borrow as many items as you can, or buy second hand!

Check out our course gear list for a full run down and some hot tips on what to bring and what not to.

Gear List


Meet Leonie, OB's Adapted Course Partner

Kia ora, I have spent my adult life providing opportunities for people to discover their potential through sharing experiences in the outdoors. After study in New Zealand, some overseas adventures and raising three children, I was lucky enough to step into the Adapted Course Partner role at Outward Bound New Zealand. 

To me Outward Bound is all about empowering people, allowing individuals to find their own voice, connect with our beautiful environment and connect with others. I love that I can be the starting point for someone’s Outward Bound journey.

You can get in touch with Leonie on email: or phone: (04) 282 1090.

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