Following the success of Outward Bound in various locations around the world; the program was introduced to Bermuda in 1970. In October of that year, the first twelve students ventured to the United Kingdom for an experience of a lifetime. Such was the success of this first overseas course that the Bermuda Police Service was inspired to continue running and funding trips to Outward Bound annually. Play casino online today for the great deals!
Constable Diggins was the first coordinator, he selected students to attend the courses and it was his responsibility to raise funds to cover the cost of the annual trip. This role remains unchanged to this day as the current coordinator Constable Mark Norman continues to obtain donations from numerous local sponsors. The Programme remains reliant on these sponsors to survive, because of this type of assistance many young adults in Bermuda have gained from the experiences of Outward Bound overseas.
Such was the success of the first three years of the overseas Outward Bound Courses that it was decided that a locally run program could be of benefit to the community. In addition, the high cost of sending students overseas prompted the Police Service, with the assistance of some United Kingdom instructors, to create Outward Bound Bermuda.
In 1974 the first local courses were held on Paget Island in rather spartan conditions under the abandoned Victorian Fortress, Fort Cunningham. Five courses took place that year during the school’s summer vacations. The local program remained at this location until 1983 when it was moved to Coney Island for three years. Following the closing of the Junior Training School, the Outward Bound Centre was relocated on Paget Island where it remains today.
Since its inception, Outward Bound Bermuda has traditionally been staffed by serving Police Officers, in order to develop a rapport with the local youth. Over the past several years, however, civilian instructors have been sought and trained due to an increased demand for police manpower in the community.
Students on Paget Island take part in a number of activities, many similar to that of an overseas course. Until 1991, the St. David’s Head abseil was the most formidable aspect of the course, but the introduction of the high ropes challenge course saw this activity become the most challenging and most exciting for the students.…
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Outward Bound Bermuda
P.O. Box HM 530
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