One of our goals is to provide educational experiences – not only about the importance of preserving the natural habitat but also by creating hands-on training experiences using the natural environment: Panama Outward Bound.
Our Mission and Values
While Outward Bound programs have evolved from those conceived by Kurt Hahn over 60 years ago, there are five core values that are still central to our mission and to each of our programs.
Panama Outward Bound inspires and develops leadership, compassion, responsibility, respect for the environment and commitment to serve through adventure-based wilderness experiences led by a skilled, safety-conscious staff.
Challenge & Adventure: Challenge is an action that requires special effort. Adventure is an exciting and remarkable experience that involves uncertain outcomes and acceptable risks.
Compassion & Service
Compassion is a heartfelt caring connection to each other and the world around us. Compassionate behaviors and a service ethic encompass both giving and receiving. Outward Bound teaches compassion through active participation within a team structure and often through service projects. Service is an active expression of valuing our common humanity, our diversity, and the natural world.
Social & Environmental Responsibility
Social and environmental responsibility instills in students a sense of integrity that results in choices and actions that have a positive effect on society and the environment.
Character development means developing capacities of mind, body, and spirit to better understand one’s responsibilities to self, others, and community.
Outward Bound focuses on several key areas of development:
- Physical Fitness
- The ability to push beyond self-imposed limitations
Learning Through Experience
Learning through experience is an educational process based on action and reflection. Experiences are intentionally designed, presented, and reflected upon to instill values and promote skill mastery.