More than any other course, Outward Bound Canada’s Leadership courses offer intensive leadership training for older teens. Our goal is for you to return home ready to take an up-front role in your school, amongst your peers or within your neighbourhood and surrounding community. This course teaches advanced leadership practices, giving you a new perspective on your ability to take on a global mission and leave your mark on the world at large.
Leadership courses offer greater physical challenges so you can reap the ultimate rewards. Your mental and physical endurance will be tested, helping you accept your limits and recognize how your attitude affects your performance. Furthermore, you will be expected to share leadership of the group, taking ownership of your group’s consequences and outcomes and learning how to appropriately delegate roles and accept support so that, as you grow and excel, so does your team, ensuring the entire group achieves outstanding success.
Your journey begins when you meet your group at the airport in Saint John, New Brunswick before heading toward the coast to begin your adventure. As a mixed sea-kayaking and hiking adventure, you will have the opportunity to experience this world-renowned location from land and sea. As you embark on your journey, you will make your way through the famous Bay of Fundy where you will live by the tides. The last portion of your trip will be spent hiking throughout the Kenebecasis watershed area.
No prior camping, hiking or kayaking experience is needed. You will become competent sea kayakers and backpackers, learning many valuable wilderness skills along the way, including minimal impact camping, map and compass navigation, knots, emergency procedures for ocean travel and how to cook over a campfire. Course work for your high school credit will be done through these activities, group discussions and analysis, and daily journal reflections. This journey also includes a 48-hour solo experience where you will prove your skills while being supervised (from a distance!) by our experienced instructional team. Often described as the most transformative part of the experience, your solo will give you the chance to reflect on earlier conversations from the expedition, absorb important realizations about yourself, and leave behind anything that will no longer serve you going forward.
Funding for the Indigenous Youth and Adult Program is offered thanks to the generous support of individual donors, corporations and a number of dedicated foundations, providing sustainable, long term funding for the growth of Indigenous programming at Outward Bound Canada. Please see the Indigenous Programs page for more information.