Core Values

OBHK operates according to a set of clearly defined core values and principles.



  • Commitment and respect for self, others and the environment
  • Ability to own your decisions, choices, actions and consequences


  • To act with honesty
  • To be true to your values (say what you do, do what you say)


  • To dream to be and do your best
  • The initiative and courage to follow your dream
  • The perseverance to continually strive to be your best


  • To be humble
  • To respect different people, cultures, beliefs and opinions.

The 4 Pillars

  • Self Reliance
  • Physical Fitness
  • Compassion
  • Craftsmanship


Core Design Principles

Design Principles are the elements that are used to design programmes to meet the Core Objectives and to define instructor responsibilities and tasks.


Experiential Learning

  • A sequence of activities
  • Facilitated learning opportunities – action, reflection and transfer

Challenge and Adventure

  • Unfamiliar settings
  • Uncertain outcomes
  • Success as well as failure


  • Supportive approach
  • Managed risk
  • Clearly defined expectations

Outdoor Physical Activities

  • Environmental awareness
  • Peak experiences

Team Learning

  • Working together to achieve a common goal
  • Cooperation
  • Interdependence
  • Group independence


  • Community – belonging, interdependence
  • Assisting or helping others
Core Objectives

Core Objectives define the basic purpose of all Outward Bound courses.
The following objectives are included in programme design and delivery.

Personal Development
A participant will be given opportunities to explore and develop:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-confidence
  • Personal responsibility for their decisions, actions, choices and consequences
  • The potential to be excellent

Social Development
A participant will be given opportunities to explore and develop:

  • Social awareness
  • Positive relationships
  • Communications skills
  • Compassion for others
  • Respect for diversity and differences

A participant will be given opportunities to explore and develop:

  • A sense of community – belonging, interdependence
  • A willingness to help and serve others
  • Volunteerism
  • Learning about, caring for and acting for the environment

A participant will be given opportunities to explore and develop:

  • Value forming experiences
  • Their own, other peoples and Outward Bound values
  • The influence of values on their lives

Outward Bound® uses experiential learning, that is, "learning-by-participating", which is a powerful tool for developing and sustaining critical attitudes, skills and behaviours. Its success is based on creating a dynamic and engaging environment in which participants take ownership for their learning and growth. The experiential learning process of "Plan, Do, Review and Apply" is as follows:


  • The great outdoors resembles the changing and unpredictable world. Teams are presented with different challenging activities and problem-solving situations


  • Through planning, doing, co-operation, support and encourgement, the close-knit teams experience a series of physical, mental and social challenges under the watchful eye of experienced trainers. However, none of the activities are beyond their capacity.


  • Sharing and reflection on behaviours, attitudes, feelings and results.


  • Link and transfer those insights and discoveries to real-life situations for application.


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