>Outward Bound

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My son is getting ready to go on an Outward Bound adventure in less than a month. Outward Bound is a structured wilderness adventure. Here’s their mission statement:

Our mission is to inspire character development and self-discovery in people of all ages and walks of life through challenge and adventure, and to impel them to achieve more than they ever thought possible, to show compassion for others and to actively engage in creating a better world.

If you’d like more information, you can check them out at http://www.outwardbound.com/.

Years and years ago, even before we were married, my husband and I knew many people who went on these adventures and the other day it was brought back to our remembrance as something that might benefit our son as he moves from childhood to adulthood.

During an adventure, participants are taught various outdoor survival skills depending on destination and length of the trip. The program specifically includes difficult, sometimes extremely difficult, physical ordeals that test the mettle of participants and culminates in a “solo” expedition lasting anywhere from 1-3 days.

Sometime in mid-July my husband and I are going to drop our son off at a baggage claim in a tiny airport in the middle of nowhere and from there he will get on a van with 20 or so other 16-18yos and spend the next month with “no phone, no lights, no motor cars, not a single luxury, like Robinson Crusoe, as primative as can be.”

Many cultures in the past, and even today, sent young men on quests. Other perhaps wiser cultures realize that many young men need challenge, excitment and adventure and to have their strength, will and resiliency tested.

Our son is very excited about his upcoming adventure and so are we. I expect we’ll be praying and fasting as he prepares for this adventure. If you feel so led, please join us.

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3 thoughts on “>Outward Bound

  1. >I’ll be doing the same thing, Chloe. In just a week and a half my oldest son will be getting on an airplane for the very first time and going to boot camp, in the middle-of-nowhere-Tennessee, for 14 days.I’ll be praying for you (and Wolfie) every time I pray for me (and Cadet).Leslie/MLS

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