Overcoming fears and learning resilience through Outward Bound

Samuel Chadwick has conquered his biggest fear and realised the strength of his mind in tackling challenges – all as a result of a 21-day Outward Bound Mind, Body and Soul course.

In December 2019, at the end of his Year 12 at Otago Boys’ High School, Samuel attended Outward Bound with the assistance of Moore Markhams. Samuel now feels more ready to embark on his tertiary journey next year, with the goal of becoming a doctor.

He says he’s realised, and proven, that if he puts his mind to something he can keep going, even through pain and discomfort. “It’s changed my perspective in how I see challenges now,” he says.

Heights were a big fear for Samuel. But after completing a high ropes course and jumping off high cliffs into water, he has conquered that anxiety.

Never a keen runner, he says he had a lightbulb moment during the compulsory half-marathon.  “I had thought I’d run some and walk a lot but actually I never stopped running. I’ve realised that it’s about mastering your mind.”

In fact, Samuel says he enjoys running now and has kept up with the fitness regime since he’s been back from Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds, where Outward Bound is based. He’s also developed a love of sailing.
“I think I’ve developed more confidence in myself. Not in a cocky way but learning more about my abilities and what I’m capable of.”

He says he now looks at life’s experiences as three types of fun – those that are fun at the time, those that are fun when you look back at it (he says sleeping in a wet sleeping bag or getting infected toes were examples), and the third type is not fun at all but can still be coped with.

“It really was an amazing experience, really really good.” Samuel says.

Photo caption above: Samuel Chadwick from Otago Boys’ High School, with Moore Markhams Otago directors (from left) Denise Gow, Barry O'Donnell, Daniel Piebenga, and Charles Craw.

Photo caption below: Samuel Chadwick (right), on a gruelling tramp as part of his Outward Bound, Mind, Body and Soul programme in December 2019.