From August to October, groups of participants travel to either The Outward Bound Trust’s Howtown Centre on Ullswater in the Lake District  , or Loch Eil near Fort William, to participate in their initial five day residential outdoor development course. Each group will consist of up to 14 participants, drawn from two to six schools located close to each other (a “cluster”). These groups are eventually split to form the community project groups, but initially begin their journey together on this intensive personal development programme.

Dynamic outdoor activities, which can include rock climbing, abseiling, raft building and an expedition, all give the participants an experience of team work and personal challenge. Classroom sessions (often using the “big classroom” outdoors) also teach transferable business skills such as presentations, finance, project management and planning.

During the five days there is an overnight expedition. All equipment is supplied and participants take a short journey with their instructor, often by foot or canoe, and camp overnight, cooking basic food and demonstrating to themselves their ability to thrive in a challenging environment. Sunrises are priceless on expedition, but so is the learning as participants work together and develop a new understanding of their abilities, and – importantly – of their fellow team members. Students look back on this element of the residential as the most challenging, but also as the part they have the greatest sense of pride and achievement in and this is often where the Outward Bound Instructors see the biggest development in confidence.

Other activities, both outdoors and, in some cases, classroom-based, seek to further develop understanding of self and others, and an appreciation of what the team is able to achieve together. All activities have a purpose and will be linked to further learning or achievement, both in the community project phase, but most importantly for 6th year and in preparation for their next destination.

2019 residential course dates

Please be aware that some schools will have students attending on more than one course date. Get in touch with us if you’re not sure which course you’ll be on. This information is subject to change but we will always email you with your correct course dates.

19th – 23rd August 2019, Howtown

  • Glasgow East
    • Eastbank
    • St Mungos
    • Smithycroft
    • Whitehill
    • Bannerman
    • Lochend
    • St Andrews Sec
  • Paisley
    • Paisley Grammar
    • St Andrews Acad
    • Gleniffer
  • Bearsden/Milngavie & Falkirk
    • Bearsden Acad
    • Boclair HS
    • Douglas Acad
    • Braes HS
    • Graeme HS
    • St Mungos

23rd – 27th September 2019, Loch Eil

  • Glasgow South West & Centrestage (Kilmarnock)
    • Govan High
    • St Paul’s High
    • Bellahouston
    • Lourdes
    • Rosshall
    • Centrestage
  • Cumbernauld & Kilsyth 
    • Cumbernauld Academy
    • Kilsyth Academy
    • Our Lady’s High
    • St Maurice’s
  • Edinburgh
    • Castlebrae
    • Portobello
    • Holy Rood
    • Liberton
    • Tynecastle
    • St Thomas of Aquins
    • James Gillespie’s
    • Boroughmuir
    • Gracemount
  • Glasgow South East
    • Castlemilk High
    • Kings Park
    • St Margaret Mary’s
    • Holyrood High

14th – 18th October 2019, Loch Eil

  • Glasgow West End
    • Hillhead
    • Glasgow Gaelic School
    • Notre Dame
    • John Paul Academy
  • Glasgow South Central and Bellshill
    • Bellshill Academy
    • Cardinal Newman
    • Shawlands
    • Hill Park
    • Holyrood
  • Dumbarton
    • Dumbarton Acad
    • Our Lady & St Patrick’s
    • Vale of Leven

21st – 25th October 2019, Loch Eil

  • Glasgow West & North
    • Cleveden
    • Hyndland
    • St Thomas Aquinas
    • Knightswood
    • All Saints
    • St Rochs
    • Bishopbriggs
    • Springburn
  • Glasgow North
    • All Saints
    • St Rochs
    • Bishopbriggs
    • Springburn
  • Clydebank & Drumchapel
    • Clydebank High
    • St Peter the Apostle
    • Drumchapel High
  • Wishaw
    • Clyde Valley High
    • St Aidan’s
    • Coltness

*The exact make-up of these groups will be dependent upon recruitment within the schools and clusters shown. We may reorganise some clusters if there are insufficient applicants.

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