Our Purpose

‘Youth Learning Through Adventure’

Hillary Outdoors Education Centres

We believe learning is more likely to have a lifelong impact if participants are part of it; if they experience it, connect to it and help create and shape it. This philosophy underlies all Hillary Outdoors Programmes and is the basis of Our Purpose: ‘Youth Learning Through Adventure’

To us an “adventure” is any action a person takes where they are not 100% sure what the outcome will be. This could be an activity such as rock climbing or kayaking, or something smaller but equally as intimidating, such as expressing an opinion or asking a question.

These steps into the unknown enable participants to develop confidence, resilience, and empathy while discovering new passions and unearthing new skills.

Each Hillary Outdoors programme includes hundreds of these adventures, big and small – they are carefully selected to provide meaningful and tangible learning experiences for each participant.  The benefits of these adventures can then be transferred back by students into their everyday lives, environment and communities.