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WHO WE ARE

 

We are Singapore’s leading outdoor educational institution settling on a little island off the north eastern shores of Singapore at Pulau Ubin. Occupying an estimated 240 hectares of land, our unique location allows us to create the Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) experience capturing your heart, mind & imagination. Our focus is in strengthening youth resilience and ruggedness while also developing youth leaders and mentors. And we aim to achieve this through the growth of our Alumni and promoting excellance in outdoor education.

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Since 1967, we’ve inspired more than 500,000 individuals, filled them with enough memories and lessons learnt, to
reflect & act upon. Our OBS experience is packed with adventure and learning moments you won’t find in a four-walled classroom, guiding you to discover and conquer obstacles both in the outdoors and within yourself.

You’ll have the rare opportunity to connect with our natural world, and re-engage your senses in a multi-element adventure. It’ll broaden your perspective and give you greater clarity of your potential and of our larger shared world.

You may be out of your comfort zone, and you may find yourself challenged. But we guarantee that you'll also laugh, learn and make awesome friends. You’ll be amazed to discover strengths you never knew you had, and be empowered to rise above yourself and to care for others. More importantly, you’ll realize your own power to make things happen. By the time you emerge from your course, you’ll find that your own Outward Bound journey has really just begun!

 

“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less. 

- Kurt Hahn

 

OUR PEOPLE

 

"The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual"

– Vincent Lombardi

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An organization is as good as its people and we are privileged to have a diverse group of people running it. Our people from the various departments work together to ensure the success of OBS. From the administrative staff who keep the nuts and bolts of the organization in line to the programming unit who design exciting programmes and the supporting units (estates & services unit, operations support unit, corporate development unit, strategic communications unit) who sustain our organization. Our people are passionate about their work and are committed to the organization’s purpose.

Lastly, our team of full-time instructors who seek to inspire & educate youths to seek more, do more, step out of their comfort zone, serve others & exercise compassion during the course. These are the practitioners of outdoor experiential learning that bring our mission to life.


History of Outward Bound and Outward Bound Singapore

 

Outward Bound Singapore

Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) was first established in 1967 under the name Outward Bound School. It was Dr Goh Keng Swee, Minister for Defence & Interior and the Defence & Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association, who suggested setting up an Outward Bound School in Singapore to help build a “rugged society”. It was a period of uncertainty for Singapore, who just gained independence. An island with limited resources, Singapore needed a “rugged society” that was ready to meet challengers & help ensure its survival.
The school was set up by New Zealanders, Hamish Thomas & Al Cameron, who under the “Colombo Plan” were instrumental in developing Outward Bound. The first OBS course was organized on 17 February, 1968.

In 1971, for 20 years, OBS was placed under the care of Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) from the People’s Association. It was returned to the care of People’s Association in 1991, under the name Outward Bound Singapore. Despite changing management & name, the original purpose of the school "to provide education, leadership and character training; developing the physical, mental and spiritual faculties of boys, girls, young men and women of all races of Singapore" still hold true till today.

1967 - Outward Bound School c/o MINDEF
1971 - Outward Bound Singapore c/o People's Association
2015 - Outward Bound Singapore c/o National Youth Council

Outward Bound

Outward Bound (OB) was developed by a German educator Kurt Hahn together with his partner Lawrence Holt and administrator James Hogan. The first Outward Bound School was established in 1941 @ Aberdovey, Wales, United Kingdom. It was a school designed to toughen up, and train sea merchants from the Blue Funnel Line owned by Lawrence Holt. The first Outward Bound course, a 28-day programme began in 14th October, 1941.
The success of Outward Bound is seen through the establishment of other outward bound schools in the world. The Outward Bound Trust established in 1936, was responsible for expanding the OB influence and creating new schools. Subsequent OB schools were the Outward Bound School in Eskdale, in the English Lake district, which opened in 1950 and another mountain school, also in the Lake District, opened in Ullswater in 1955. Currently, there are approximately 34 countries that have an Outward Bound School.

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Developing Mentally & Physically Rugged Youths to be Active Citizens Inspired to Serve the Community

 

Inspired Individuals. Transformed Communities.

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To Serve, To Strive and Not to Yield

Outward Bound Philosophy

 

 

“I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these five qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all compassion.”

Kurt Hahn

 

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Outward Bound is an outdoor educational organization founded by German educator Kurt Hahn. It is a learning organization designed to develop resilience and character in young people. He observed that they suffered the 6 Declines and struggled with challenges. In 1941, he started the first Outward Bound course, a 28 day-programme. The programme used the outdoors and adventure to develop resilience and inculcate youth with values such as responsibility, empathy and compassion. The aim was to counter the Six Declines. Today, Outward Bound is an internationally recognized learning institution with more than 50 not-for-profit Outward Bound centres around the world providing outdoor experiential learning.

 

The Six Declines

 

The decline of fitness due to modern methods of locomotion

The decline of initiative and enterprise due to spectatoritis

The decline of memory and imagination due to the confused restlessness of modern life

The decline of skill and care due to the weakened tradition of craftsmanship

The decline of self-discipline due to the modern availability of stimulants and tranquilizers

The decline of compassion due to the haste of modern life

The name “Outward Bound” is a nautical term represented by the Blue Peter Flag. It signifies a ship leaving the safe harbour for the unknown.

Our Campuses & Facilities

Pulau Ubin Camp 1 and 2

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Occupying an approximate 9 hectares of land, we are fortunate to have our premises on Pulau Ubin, one of the few rugged terrains left in Singapore. With nature’s rugged terrains and the costal sea, it provides a close to perfect environment for an outdoor classroom.

Over time, we have developed the initial spartan set-up to include state-of-the-art facilities. With two campuses in Pulau Ubin, Camp 1 & 2, we have multiple climbing facilities such as the Peak Ascent Tower, Inverse & Tripod Towers, Vertical Challenge Activities, The Indiana & Rock Climbing Walls and non-height activities such as Tunnelling & Caving system & the Alpine Rescue. Others include a 25m training pool, dormitories, learning rooms, dining hall & a 24 hours Medical Centre.

 

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OBS@Coney

As part of the National Outdoor Adventure Education Masterplan, a new Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) campus will be developed on Coney Island. OBS@Coney will augment the existing OBS facilities at Pulau Ubin, towards an annual capacity of 45,000 participants.

 

OBS@Coney will feature new outdoor adventure education facilities, such as advanced challenge ropes courses, abseiling, rock-climbing and artificial caving systems.  The campus infrastructure and training facilities will be purpose-built to cater to a wider profile of participants as well as outdoor community engagement spaces for public access and enjoyment.

 

Safeguarding our natural environment

OBS works closely with NParks, environmental groups, and experts from the community, to mitigate our environmental footprints through the design of our building and facilities, and careful management of waste. As part of the OBS experience, our participants also learn and practise minimal impact camping, which includes responsible handling of food waste and trash management in the outdoors.

 

Safety is of utmost importance at OBS. Our facilities and equipment undergo regular maintenance and safety checks. We strive to maintain the highest safety standard in the industry.

These facilities position OBS as one of the largest Outward Bound centres in the world.

PUBLICATIONS LIST

 

 

 

Annual OBS Key Highlight

OBS 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

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Annual OBS Key Highlight

OBS Key Highlights 2015

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Annual OBS Key Highlight

OBS Key Highlights 2014

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Annual OBS Key Highlight

OBS Key Highlights 2013

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Annual OBS Key Highlight

OBS Key Highlights 2012

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