Skills for Life Award
On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, thirty-one students from the Riviera area who participated in Outward Bound (OB) programs in the English lake district of Ullswater and Aberdovey in North Wales, gathered at the Yacht Club of Monaco for the prestigious Outward Bound Monaco annual awards ceremony, surrounded by family, friends, patrons and members of Outward Bound Monaco. The proud students received their diplomas from H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Patron of Outward Bound Monaco (OBM), who praised their courage and resourcefulness in completing the life-shaping adventure with youngsters from all over the world.
(Photo: Prince Albert II of Monaco with students who received the diplomas for participating in outward bound courses in the summer of 2018 @OBMonaco)
The OB course instills resilience and determination, teaches problem solving, and promotes self-confidence and self-worth, while increasing communication skills and teamwork. Below are a few photos from a previous Outward Bound course.
Michael Peagram, President of Outward Bound Monaco commented enthusiastically: “The testimonies we hear at our Awards evening confirm the huge positive contribution that partaking in Outward Bound courses makes to the development of young people’s lives. I thank all our supporters and helpers who make this possible, and also our patron H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco for yet again finding the time to meet them and present their certificates”.
The event this year was kindly sponsored by Galeforce Computing of Monaco, represented by Tanya Nalbantis. The evening was full of gratification, fullfillment and excitement for the students, aged 11 to 17 years old, who gave time, energy and passion this summer to try something which pushed back their personal barriers and rewarded them with the sense of achievement at overcoming new challenges, while experiencing lots of fun!
Fifteen year old Becky Curtis from Briancon in the Hautes-Alpes said of her Outward Bound fortnight in the Lake District and North Wales: “An adventurous and fun experience with skills learning as part of a group, and as an individual. I loved it!”
“Now I know the secret of making the best persons; it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” Walt Whitman