Amy Saxton, our own National Director of Open Enrollment Programs spoke with Raising Boys World Radio last weekend. Amy and Renee focused in on the “boys” this chat, since that’s what Raising Boys World is all about. Amy made some great points about Outward Bound’s teen programs and at risk youth programs. She explained how, with teens, freedom and responsibility are directly connected. Teens want freedoms but their parents are usually not willing to give those freedoms until they feel their child can handle the responsibilities that go along with them. Amy further explained how an Outward Bound course is an excellent environment in which teens are given freedoms and can take risks without the potentially serious consequences of the real world. I think the point that really brought the concept home is when Amy had this to say:
“In an Outward Bound course, [teens] can push on that freedom in a way that has real consequences, but that isn’t life or death. You don’t have to give your kid the leeway to go chose to rob the 7-11 or get bad grades and not get into college. On an Outward Bound course they have the freedom to take the wrong trail or to burn the mac and cheese. They are small freedoms, but in an Outward Bound environment, in a wilderness setting, a ruined dinner is really… BAD”
And isn’t that the truth!
In the end, whether it is perfectly prepared mac and cheese or making it to the top of a 14,000 foot peak in Colorado, teen students gain confidence in their decisions and abilities and embrace responsibilities as a means to gaining the freedoms they desire.
It’s a great interview. Please take a few minutes to listen to the entire discussion by clicking on the “Listen to Raising Boys” link below. If you have taken an Outward Bound course, let us know how your course changed your relationship with friends and family.
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