Activities

There will be a variety of safe and exciting outdoor activities involving a mix of land-based, water-based and climbing activities. During expeditions, you will plan and travel with your group (called a watch) and take on different roles to overcome obstacles and achieve various goals along the way. These activities are designed for you to gain life skills and values such as compassion, teamwork and a positive “can-do” spirit to achieve more in your daily lives.

Water activities are a component of the programme. Our instructors strictly supervise all water activities and take a progressive approach to ensure that you are confident before you engage in the activities. It would be advantageous if you are able to swim, but do not worry if you are unable to. It is made compulsory for all participants to wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) for all water activities. All instructors are certified in water-safety and lifesaving skills. You will also receive thorough briefing and instructions on the safety procedures before the start of the activities.

Our instructors will seek to provide a safe and supportive environment for you at all times. You will not be forced, but you are strongly encouraged to participate in all the activities during the programme and at a level which you are comfortable with. This is to maximise the opportunities for learning and self-discovery.
Living Conditions

You will live and work with a watch of up to 16 people and stay in non-air-conditioned dormitories and/or tents, depending on the programme. There will be no internet access and limited power points in the dormitories. This is because the set-up of our dormitories reflects the “back-to-basics” concept.

Activities are mainly outdoors and conducted in all weather conditions, and do expect certain levels of sun and rain exposure in our tropical climate. Depending on your programme, you may be required to set-up tents, prepare your own meals and sleep outdoors in tents. The experience is expected to be physically and mentally challenging but you will find yourself in a supportive environment.

Personal hygiene is important for your health and well-being. However, due to the expedition nature of some programmes, you may have limited access to toilet facilities. OBS will provide a standard First Aid and Hygiene briefing during the course to help you manage field hygiene.
Participants can still take part in the activities as per normal. During the standard First Aid and Hygiene briefing, girls will be advised on how to do proper cleaning and disposal when out in the field. Participants who are expecting their menstruation during the programme should bring extra supply of sanitary pads, dark coloured shorts/pants, and extra plastic bags for the disposal of soiled sanitary pads.
You will be able to continue to practise your faith unless there are safety concerns (e.g. Sikh will be required to wear helmet while attempting a climbing activity). OBS is also able to cater for participants with allergies and dietary requirements (e.g. Halal and vegetarian meals). Please remember to state these information in your registration form before submission.
No. You and your watch-mates are encouraged to be fully engaged during the programme, with minimum distractions from your electronic devices due to the “back-to-basics” concept.
Meals
All meals provided are Halal certified by MUIS, and reviewed and approved by a nutritionist. Special dietary requirements due to medical and religious reasons would be provided, where possible, upon request. However, this is subjected to the appointed caterer’s ability to support such requests. You will also have an outdoor-cooking experience, subjected to programme duration. All food and rations have undergone strict quality and hygiene control.
Packing List
Please refer to the Packing List provided in your course notes. For overseas programmes, there are additional specific requirements for the packing list and participants will be informed prior to the trip. OBS staff will also conduct a physical bag check prior to the programme to ensure that all essential items have been packed by participants.
1. Valuables such as expensive watches or jewellery
2. Expensive clothes or footwear – they may be damaged or soiled during the course
3. Snacks/sweets, books/magazines/newspapers, personal music devices, electronic games, tablets (i.e. iPad / Galaxy Tab etc), laptops
4. Mobile phones (they can be a barrier to communication with your Watch mates!)
5. Excessive cash – training equipment, food and lodging are provided. Money is not required during the course. We will safe-keep your money, NRIC/passport and valuables during the programme
Smoking & Drinking
OBS is a strictly no-smoking facility. We ask you to challenge yourself to abstain from smoking throughout the course. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results at the end of the programme! There is also a no alcohol policy in all Outward Bound® courses.
Fitness & Medical

You do not need to be “athletically-gifted” for the programme. Although Outward Bound® programmes are meant to be physically and mentally challenging, you do not have to be athletic or have any prior outdoor experience to participate. For a better OBS experience, prior physical conditioning will be recommended to help you get used to physically challenging activities.

Our programmes are designed for everyone who are able-bodied and certified fit by a physician. What is more important would be to have a positive attitude, a willingness to try, and a commitment to work together during the programme.
Generally all applicants of OBS programmes are required to submit a Medical Declaration Form. For selected programmes, there would be a need to obtain medical recommendation from a physician and be certified ‘medically fit’ prior to the programme. If you have an existing medical condition, you should consult your attending physician. You may wish to visit your family doctor for the medical examination. Please note that we only accept recommendations from Registered Medical Practitioners. We do not accept certifications by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners and chiropractors. Please also note that Polyclinics no longer conduct the medical examination and certification for OBS applicants.

You will be considered for admission to our programmes when you have been certified fit by a physician. All medical conditions are subjected to an evaluation by our Medical Services and Training team.

There could be certain medical conditions which may affect safe participation. You will be advised on your level of participation, depending on the nature and severity of your medical condition. The instructors will be informed to take special note on the management during the programme, if necessary.
The OBS programme is designed to be physically and mentally challenging. It is important to disclose full medical history and/or condition so that the instructor can take special note and manage the programme accordingly, if necessary. If an applicant contracts any illness or sustains an injury between the submission of the Medical Declaration Form and the commencement of the programme, he/she must consult a doctor and keep OBS informed.
We have a 24-hour medical centre with full-time registered nurses on duty during the programme. If you fall sick during the programme, you will be kept under observation in our medical centre. If there is a need to consult a doctor, you will be referred to Punggol Polyclinic or to Sengkang Hospital, which is the nearest hospital.
Safe Management Measures

The safety measures put in place would include providing appropriate instructor to student ratio (1 instructor to 12-14 students) and having a robust safety monitoring system and evacuation plan for emergencies.

Activities are carefully designed and constantly supervised by our qualified and experienced instructors who have undergone rigorous training, and skills & safety certification.

MOE-OBS adopts strict adherence to safe distancing and safe management measures for conduct and participation of outdoor activities in accordance to prevailing COVID-19 situation and guidelines from national governing and advisory bodies. Some examples are:

i. Students will undergo temperature screening at designated reporting points in OBS, with visual markers for safe distancing;
ii. Staggered movement will be implemented for large groups e.g. during in/out-processing;
iii.Twice a day temperature taking in the morning and at lunch time;
iv. Face masks are to be worn at all times and must maintain a safe distance of 1 metre from each other at all times;
v. Maintain a safe distance of 2 metres from each other when face masks cannot be worn during strenuous activities
MOE-OBS Challenge Programme

No, students will be kept strictly within their school cohorts. A set of Safe Management Measures are in place for the non-residential 2021 MOE-OBS Challenge Programme to ensure separation of schools and classes across OBS campuses, one example of which is the implementation of staggered in-processing/out-processing.

As part of the SG United message of ‘Let’s Brave the New’, Singaporeans are encouraged to stay strong together. Outdoor Adventure Learning (OAL) experiences provide opportunities where students learn to navigate and “brave the new” together. During this period, some of the key objectives of the MOE-OBS Challenge Programme remain relevant.

Through the 2021 MOE-OBS Challenge Programme, students build camaraderie through OAL experiences where they work together in unfamiliar yet authentic situations. This sense of togetherness is even more important during these times, to alleviate the isolation that some students may be feeling and to enhance students’ overall health and well-being.

The 2021 MOE-OBS Challenge Programme has two learning outcomes:
1. Resilience; and

2. Concerned Citizen

Through the Programme, Secondary 3 students will learn to:
• Manage challenges positively through self-directed learning and making the right choices to influence their circumstances.
• Appreciate the natural heritage of Singapore and recognise that everyone plays a part.
The programme will be held across OBS campuses in Pulau Ubin and on mainland Singapore, and will adhere strictly to the Safe Management Measures requirements. Likewise, students will embark on the expeditions in different parts of Singapore (both mainland and Pulau Ubin), using green and blue spaces such as park connectors and reservoirs.
Although shorter in duration, students will still experience outdoor activities involving a mix of land-based, water-based and climbing activities to achieve the prescribed learning outcomes. The combination and duration of activities will vary depending on factors such as the expedition route and location.
Alumni

All participants who have completed an OBS programme are automatically part of the OBS Alumni. There is no annual membership fee. You may opt whether to receive news and updates by joining either/all of the following:

You will get to participate in exclusive activities such as leadership and volunteering opportunities, complimentary educational workshops and skill training courses, sharing sessions, mentorship programmes and Alumni gatherings. You may check out our website to find out more about our events. Alternatively, you may like our Facebook Page to stay updated on events and opportunities, and also join the OBS Alumni – Official Facebook Group and/or OBS Alumni Telegram Channel for first-hand information on event sign-ups. You may also email us at OBS_Alumni@nyc.gov.sg for any enquiries.
No. All OBS participants are automatically part of the OBS Alumni, and enjoy lifetime alumni status.
There is no age limit unless otherwise stated. Please refer to the respective event details for information and any pre-requisites stated.
You are welcome to bring their friends along! However, events such as leadership workshops and skill certification courses are exclusive to Alumni members only.
We will be able to provide an official letter of participation upon request. You may then present the letter to your school/organisation as a testimony of your participation. Please verify with your school/organisation that the specific projects are endorsed for CIP hours.
Participation is fully voluntary and you will not be paid.
Transportation will not be provided unless otherwise stated.
No, there is no discount benefits for OBS Alumni.
Please send an email to OBS_Alumni@nyc.gov.sg. We will take your suggestion into consideration and follow up if deemed suitable.