We are delighted to be continuing our support of The Outward Bound Trust for the sixth year running.
The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that develops young people aged 11 to 19 years through learning and adventure in the wild. It works in partnership with schools, supporting effective transition and raising aspirations through to developing effective leaders and employees. The Trust delivers courses between three and 19 days long for young people in secondary education from six centres across the UK in Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. It strives to make powerful outdoor learning experiences accessible to as many young people as possible through charitable subsidies and a bursary scheme.
Martin Davidson, Scottish Director at The Outward Bound Trust, said: “Thanks to the support from corporate supporters such as Scott Group, last year over 70% of the 25,000 participants from across the UK received financial support from The Trust. Scott Group’s support helps us to reach those young people that have most to gain from outdoor education.
He continued: “Today, society is a difficult environment for children and young people to grow up in; they face challenges associated with adolescence, the pressures of academic achievement and the transition out of compulsory education. The participants we support come from low income families, have low aspirations and expectations of life and lack self-confidence. For some, the Outward Bound®course is the first time they have left their local area, and the only opportunity they will have to experience genuine adventure, challenge and pride in their achievements outside of the classroom.”
Our internal company champion, David Lee, Scott Pallets’ Manufacturing Division Director, attended a recent programme. He said: “Our support helps to make opportunities available to young people, and I have seen with my own eyes the difference that participation in an Outward Bound residential makes to their confidence and self-awareness. We are immensely proud that we have been able to partner with The Trust for so many years and raise the aspirations of 1000s of young people.
“It’s great to be involved, and we hope to include more of our staff in initiatives later in the year.”