Outward Bound - Report written by Breanna Reed
On the 4th of July, I set off for my 21 day Outward Bound Mind, Body and Soul Course adventure in Anakiwa. Anakiwa is a short ferry ride from Picton in the Marlborough Sounds. I began my Outward Bound journey feeling nervous but excited about the adventure awaiting me. I was surrounded by people whom I had never met before but little did I know that 13 of them would become my life long friends in Scott Watch 619. Scott was the name of the cabin that I was assigned to stay in for the days we spent at the Outward Bound base. Within our watch were two instructors who lead us through our Mind, Body and Soul Course.
The Outward Bound Course consisted of early morning starts at 5:50 am beginning with P.T. this began with Anakiwa sets of 10 press ups, squats and crunches along with having to participate in a 3.2km run followed by a refreshing swim in the sea. During the Outward Bound Course, I participated in a variety of Outdoor activities including white water kayaking, a 4-day tramp, sailing, high ropes, climbing up a rock face blindfolded and spending two nights in the bush by myself with the opportunity to build my own bivvy and was supplied with the rations of two apples, two carrots, two flapjacks and scroggin.
The main highlight of this amazing journey was forming an unbreakable bond and life long friendships with my watch pairs. I came into the course expecting only to be participating in outdoor based activities but it was so much more than that. Through a lot of reflection time as a watch group, I discovered who I truly am as a person and come to realise that everyone had their own reasons for attending Outward Bound, which were far beyond gaining confidence. I was provided with a variety of leadership opportunities which meant that I had the chance to be in charge of my watch group for the day. I was faced with many challenging obstacles that pushed me outside my comfort zone and taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to.
I enjoyed every second of my Outward Bound journey and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a physical and mental challenge in the outdoors.
I would like to say a massive thank you to the Mataura Licencing Trust, Riversdale Lions and Lioness Club and the school who provided me with funding to be able to attend this adventure. I also owe a huge thank you to Mr Kotkamp for helping organise and provide guidance for this trip. It was much appreciated.