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The 2019 Awards Presented by HSH Prince Albert II
2019 Presentation in the Yacht Club de Monaco
Course Participants During A Long Hike!!


HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was Chairman and then Patron of Outward Bound UK for over 50 years. To find out just how much he contributed to Outward Bound, read the article below:



Many Patrons just lend their name to a charity. In our case, without the leadership and management of Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh we're in no doubt, The Outward Bound Trust would have collapsed in the 1990s and not exist today.

In the mid 1990’s after a series of internal problems the auditors advised that The Outward Bound Trust was on the verge of bankruptcy and was no longer financially viable. When the situation was brought to the Duke of Edinburgh’s attention, he attended the next board meeting in person. The Duke of Edinburgh had been Patron since 1953 and whilst he had a keen interest in the work of the charity, he wasn’t involved in the day to day management.

At the board meeting, a trustee recommended the charity was wound up and all assets disposed of. The Duke thanked the trustee for his input and then turned to the rest of the board: “Now we shall proceed with rescuing Outward Bound.”


What happened next is the stuff of legend.

The Duke of Edinburgh sacked the chair and took the role himself. He then dismissed the chief executive and most of the trustees. 

Sir Chris Bonington, now Deputy Patron, who was newly on our board at the time, recounts the story: 

“I had just been appointed as a trustee and saw him in action. He was the best chair I have ever come across. 

He let people have their say but once they wandered off the point, he firmly brought them back, driving actions and keeping meetings short.”

The Duke became heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the organisation, personally appointing new staff and trustees to join the Outward Bound team. He also used his considerable powers of persuasion to enlist the help of supporters to ‘lend’ money to the charity and to underwrite its debts. Peter Neumark, founder of the parcel company, Target Express, remembers this very well, he says: “I was invited for lunch with the Duke of Edinburgh and was naturally honoured and excited to go. It easily became the most expensive lunch I have ever been to!”

The Duke chaired meetings, oversaw the accounts, hosted lunches and dinners for prospective donors and did anything he could to rebuild the charity. He remained in post as chair until 1999, when he resumed his role of patron until his formal retirement in 2019.

Nick Barrett, the current Chief Executive of Outward Bound says: “What people don't know is that every year, the Duke of Edinburgh made time in his diary to visit an Outward Bound centre. Without media, just some staff and the young people at the centre. He spent hours talking to everyone even in his 90s. Without his intervention, Outward Bound would not be here today, and for that alone we owe him a huge debt of gratitude."



A Letter from our President

March 2021
Dear students, parents, sponsors and members,
I am writing to let you know that Outward Bound UK has reluctantly decided that it cannot accept students from outside the UK on its summer courses in 2021. A copy of their message to non-UK students is below.
Clearly this is not the news I was hoping to send to you. Despite the fact that we have been unable to hold any events during the last year, we have been both amazed and delighted by the number of enquiries and provisional bookings we have already received for 2021. We are all disappointed that students from Monaco will not have the opportunity to challenge themselves on an Outward Bound course this year. Rest assured that we will do everything we can to make sure that students from this area are able to take part in Outward Bound courses next year. 
In the meantime, we hope to be able to organise an event in Monaco later this year for past and prospective students. Of course, all plans are subject to COVID restrictions, but we feel it is important to get the students together if we possibly can.
And finally, a gentle reminder. We appreciate that these are difficult times for everyone and we are grateful for all your support. We have been unable to organise any fundraising events during the past year and are more dependent than ever on the generosity of our members. Please consider donating 50 euros to Outward Bound Monaco by renewing your membership on this website or by contacting Vanessa.
Thank you and stay safe and healthy.
Yours sincerely
Sarah O’Connor
Message from Outward Bound UK:
With the continued uncertainty surrounding the lifting of international travel restrictions to and from the UK, we have taken the extremely difficult decision to not accept any bookings from young people travelling into the UK for an Outward Bound Summer Adventure.
We understand this will be disappointing to you, but hope you will understand this decision is not taken lightly. Our intention is that in taking the decision now it will allow you plenty of notice to make alternative plans.
As a UK charity we will continue to focus on how we can best support as many young people as possible from within the UK to take part in adventures, should restrictions enable.
We greatly value your support which for many of you will have been over many years and generations.
Outward Bound is 80 years old this year and we are doing everything we can to ensure we continue to support young people in the future.



This is a chance for participants to have a life-shaping adventure with people from all over the world, to know what they are truly capable of achieving and to stand out in a crowded market place. Watch the video to now learn more!

Course outcomes

Resilience and determination - The ability to bounce back from setbacks and sustain effort in working towards and achieving goals
Problem solving - Analysing facts and finding creative solutions
Self confidence and self belief
Self management -
Accepting responsibility, flexibility, time management, improving own performance
Communication - Listening, questioning and articulating
Team working - Respect, cooperating, negotiating and persuading
Making the most of new opportunities - The importance of a positive attitude, openness to new ideas and the desire to achieve.

Highly adventurous, featuring climbing, canoeing, gorge walking etc PLUS: A 4 day expedition, A 24 hour solo, A further 4 day, unsupported, multi disciplined expedition and High level Action Planning and Goal Setting. It is an international course, designed for the benefit of UK students.








"We are all better than we know. If only we can be brought to realise this,

we may never be prepared to settle for anything less."

KURT HAHN, Co-founder of The Outward Bound Trust
The Outward Bound Trust exists to turn these words into reality for an ever-increasing number of young people.

Help us to give this life changing opportunity to more candidates by becoming a member or sponsor of our association.
Click here to learn more & download a membership form

We are lucky to have a very experienced group of people that runs Outward Bound Monaco, Click Here to Meet The Committee & Advisors

Outward Bound Monaco is totally supported by the parent organisation in the United Kingdom and we work very closely together,  Click Here to learn more about The Outward Bound Trust UK

® Outward Bound and the Compass Rose are each registered trademarks of The Outward Bound Trust. Registered charity no: 1128090 in England and Wales; no: SC040341 in Scotland. Company reg no: 6748835.

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MC 98000 Monaco

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