Outward Bound reunion

Outward Bound staff will squeeze in some early morning exercise and cold showers during their staff reunion this weekend.

More than 180 current and former staff members will spend the weekend reconnecting with the outdoor educational organisation at its base in Anakiwa as part of Outward Bound's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Outward Bound school director Rob MacLean said the weekend was tailored to give people a range of activities in typical Outward Bound style.

The agenda will include early morning starts with physical training, a run and swim plus a tour of the school.

"There will be a few cold showers . . . it's a great way to wake up in the morning and the training reinforces the school's philosophy that there's more in you.

"When people come back to Outward Bound it's one of those things they hold in high esteem.

"To get the most out of you, you need to keep your primary tool, your body, sharp."

The staff reunion is in honour of the school's 50th anniversary this year. More than 50,000 New Zealanders have been through its courses.

Mr MacLean said the goal of the reunion was to give former and current staff a chance to reconnect with the school and its community. "Our staff have played a crucial role in achieving this milestone and it's important that we celebrate the positive impact they had on so many New Zealanders."

The school maintained an ethos of "one generation standing on the shoulders of the generation before".

Keynote speakers will include Harry Scoltock, who took part in the first Outward Bound course in 1962, and paralympian Philipa Gray.

The Marlborough Express