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As part of the National Outdoor Adventure Education Masterplan, the MOE-OBS Challenge Programme seeks to develop ruggedness, resilience, and build cohesion amongst youths. The programme comprises a series of school-based Physical Education and Character and Citizenship Education lessons facilitated by teachers as well as a five-day expeditionary course at Outward Bound Singapore (OBS).
Using the landscapes all across Singapore as the classroom for learning and development, the programme incorporates innovative programming elements, such as novel team-based challenges and expeditions through the outdoor spaces via park connectors and waterways. Students have a unique opportunity to work together with peers from other schools and to overcome various outdoor challenges. This multifaceted pedagogical approach allows students to gain a deeper appreciation of the environment and sharpens their attitude towards civic issues; building cohesion among themselves while developing ruggedness and resilience.
Through the OBS experience, students learn to help one another, strive together, and not yield to obstacles.
Through the MOE-OBS Challenge Programme, participants will learn to:
"Picking out a single thing that happened during the camp wouldn’t do justice to everything else that happened. From kayaking for really long periods of time to just cooking and eating with my watch mates, everything we did in those five days was really memorable for me. The most important lesson I learnt from my time in OBS was that in order for me to lead well, I had to set an example for others to follow. I find that I can also empathise with others better now and I have learned to see things through the perspective of others.” – Aiman Jianhao, student of MOE-OBS Challenge Programme
"OBS is the best camp I have experienced! I got to enjoy outdoor experiences and expand my comfort zone, and even dared to try the height activities. The best part was making new friends and getting closer to them day by day. From the camp, I learnt values and skills which I am able to apply in my daily life, such as friendliness, care and respect for one another, and the willingness to learn new things and explore more adventures. The camp was also an eye-opener for me as I realised being a leader is not just about leading the team but also helping out one another. I hope to attend another OBS camp!” - Kean Yong, student of MOE-OBS Challenge Programme
In Outward Bound Singapore, there is a variety of safe and exciting outdoor activities involving a mix of land-based, water-based and climbing activities such as trekking, cycling, kick-biking, kayaking, and challenge rope courses. In 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.
During Outward Bound Singapore (OBS), you are strongly encouraged to participate in all activities, at a level which you are comfortable with. This is to maximise the opportunities for learning and self-discovery. Our Instructors will provide a safe and supportive environment for you at all times.
At Outward Bound Singapore (OBS), activities are mainly outdoors and conducted in all weather. You can expect certain levels of sun and rain exposure in our tropical weather. Depending on your programme, you may be required to set-up tent, prepare your own meals and sleep in tents in the outdoors. The experience is expected to be physically and mentally demanding but you will find yourself in a supportive environment.
To pack for Outward Bound Singapore (OBS), please refer to the Packing List provided in your course notes. For overseas OBS programmes, there will be additional specific requirements for the packing list. All participants will be informed prior to the trip. OBS staff will also conduct a physical check prior to the programme to ensure that all essential items have been prepared by participants.
Click on the image above to watch the video of how parents going through the MOE-OBS Open House
“By being out of their comfort zone, they can learn that independence that can’t be learnt in school or at home.” – Jenny Leow, Parent of MOE-OBS Challenge Programme Participant
“I especially like the fact that it’s going to be a few schools together and the child will interact with students from different schools and they will have an opportunity to be broken away from their peer group. So I think they'll be pushed to their limits.” – Lach Day, Parent of MOE-OBS Challenge Programme Participant
As part of OBS’ efforts to provide parents and teachers with an experience of what their children and students will be going through at OBS, OBS conducts regular MOE-OBS Open House for selected parents and teachers. Check out what went down here.
OBS is a crucial opportunity to develop confidence, resilience and teamwork in youths.
OBS programmes are designed to facilitate self-discovery, social awareness, confidence, team communication skills and responsible decision-making. Your child can also learn to take responsibility for the environment and play a role in the community after an OBS programme.
In OBS, your child will participate in a variety of safe and exciting outdoor activities involving a mix of land-based, water-based and climbing activities such as trekking, cycling, kick-biking, kayaking, and challenge rope courses.
In OBS expeditions, your child will plan and travel with their group (called a watch) and take on different roles to overcome obstacles along the way. These activities are designed for your child to gain life skills and develop values such as compassion, teamwork and a positive “can-do” spirit to achieve more in their daily lives.
As a parent, you can prepare your child for Outward Bound Singapore (OBS), by providing opportunities for your child to share with you any concerns prior to the programme and be supportive of his/ her participation. Conveying how the programme will be a safe and enriching experience would also encourage your child in his/ her journey of learning and self-discovery.
At Outward Bound Singapore (OBS), safety is our top priority. Activities are carefully planned, tested and constantly supervised by qualified instructors who have undergone an extended period of rigorous training, skills and safety certification including Wilderness First Aid. The equipment we use is subjected to regular, thorough on-site safety inspections by external certifying bodies. With an excellent safety record built on stringent requirements from its international network of Outward Bound centres around the world, you can be assured that safety remains our top priority in the delivery of all OBS programmes.
Should you need to contact your child during the Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) programme, please contact the school programme coordinator who will get in-touch with the OBS programme manager. Please note that your child's valuables, including mobile phones are safe-kept to ensure the security of personal items and minimise disruption to the programme. Special request be arranged with the OBS programme manager through the school for participants with special circumstances to call home.
Click on the image above to watch how teachers go through the MOE-OBS Open House to get a taste of what the programme is like
“All these things from OBS can’t be learnt from textbooks, the classroom or by drill and practice. By coming out to OBS and enjoying the nature, and going through all the activities would really help our students to grow to be a more well-rounded person in the future." - Mabel Chia, Head of Department, Character & Citizenship Education, Compassvale Secondary School
OBS works hand-in-hand with schools to develop students and realise their full potential.
Prior to students attending OBS, teachers play a critical role in preparing students physically, mentally and emotionally (by setting goals and expectations and conversing with them on outdoor living skills). After the OBS programme, teachers are encouraged to facilitate and reinforce students’ learning after the programme.
Schools should take ownership of the Programme where teachers facilitate the students’ learning, particularly in the pre- and post-programme segments.
As an OBS Alumnus, you can be involved leadership and volunteer opportunities, workshops, hard skill certifications, and social gatherings.
“The number of things you can do is interesting when you have limited resources available. There’s a certain joy you can get being able to do these things that you never knew you could do before. Outward Bound Singapore has allowed me to truly discover all these things about myself.” – OBS Alumnus, Farouk Aqil Bin Rosli
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If you have any other enquiries, please email us at OBS_Alumni@nyc.gov.sg