CONCLUSION

What Do These Keys Unlock?

Outward Bound has come to mean many things in different places and for the great variety of people who are drawn to it. But at its heart, in every time and place, is Hahn’s own center, his conviction that it is possible, even in a relatively short time, to introduce greater balance and compassion into human lives by impelling people into experiences which show them they can rise above adversity and overcome their own defeatism. They can make more of their lives than they thought they could, and learn to serve others with their strength.

—Thomas James, Provost and Dean of the Teachers College, Columbia University

When an Outward Bound course is complete, the group gathers together for the final time. Typically ...

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