Please note that CAC 76 & YAC 30 (Nov 20th to Nov 29th) are already FULL.
There are only a FEW places left for CAC 77 & YAC 31 (Dec 2nd to Dec 11th).
There are still places for CAC 78 & YAC 32 (Dec 13th to Dec 22nd).
“I joined the Classic program 23 years ago. Till today it still has a great impression in my life when I start sharing my experience with friends, colleagues and staff on how OBS has played a very useful part in my life. All the experiences on land and sea activities are a simulation of life. One can learn one’s strengths through this activities. With these learning one can have a reference point whenever one faces with challenges of life. The ‘One Minutes Silence’ in the morning and during meals is useful for us to reflect our thoughts and feelings. It trains us to control our desire when in hunger. It is simple and powerful self-control training to be instill in all leaders to be.
The Sharing of Feeling and Thoughts with the team after the Solo Camping, and Rappellin and Abseililng brings out the fear that we have to manage it more effectively whenever it reappears in our contributing life.
There is no amount of class room training , books or lab work can replace this learning process. Mother Nature is the greatest teacher, and with the environment provided by OBS, Lumut, you learn more about life, teamwork, individualism, wisdom power, humility, care for our fellow human kind and the enviroment alike. These make us a total person and be a role model for our family and the youngs.
The motto: To Strive And Note To Yield is built on the strong foundation of OB Spirit. The spirit is built on the simple song we learned and the war cry we adopted. We apply them in all the activities. They are still crystal clear in my heart. We sang the song entitled ” We Got The OB Spirit All Over Me”. We shouted “Ho Choo Hoi” to keep the team spirit up whenever we need the boost. We also sang “Rasa Sayang” .
Chiam, I hope you don’t mind when I put your message on the main page because you put everything that need to be said regarding the “magic” of Outward Bound….Executive Director
We would like to wish all our Chinese supporters, friends, clients & alumni all the Luck, Happiness, Wealth & Health for the Year of the Rabbit!
Kong Hee Fatt Choy, Gong Xi Fa Cai or Keong Hee Huat Chye (if you are Hokkien)….
Currently there is a course ongoing where a friendly lawyer friend very kindly sponsored a group of Myanmar Refugees children to attend a 5-day Outward Bound Course of kayaking, camping and rapelling. It is quite obvious that never in their wildest dream, they would ever attend this type of course.
We observed that they never waste any food and very appreciative of everything even the basic accommodation at Outward Bound….I think we got a lot to learn there.
Thank you my friend, Kamil, for making us to sit back and think a little bit.
1st January 2011
On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
Well, good excuse wishing everybody a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2011!
It has been quite a tough year for Outward Bound Malaysia where a few of our clients reviewed their contract with us therefore affecting our financial position. In addition, the adverse publicity of the leptospirosis (rat urine contamination) cases, ongoing Dragon Boat Accident Inquiry in Penang and the continuous presence of H1N1 flu exposure influenced the decision of parents not to send their children for any outdoor adventure course.
As in our motto “To Serve, To Strive and Not to Yield”, we never give up and managed to convince new clients to enjoy the “magic” of an Outward Bound course. Thank you very much!
We completed the Youth and Children courses in November and December 2010 where a total of 250 participants completed their 10-day session with us. As usual, it was an enjoyable & meaningful experience for US where we can see the smiling faces (albeit a bit darkened!) of children and the rather relieved faces of parents and guardians. We keep hearing the “normal” statement of “Never thought we can do it!”Great job, kids!
Overall, it was a good year and would like to thank everybody for supporting us and please carry on supporting us in the coming years.
Just to highlight that the first course is starting on 3rd January 2011 where executives from Frasers & Neave going for a Whaler session sailing/rowing to Pulau Sembilan, camping overnight and sail back to Pantai Shawal for another overnight camping…..very tough but quite sure they will have a great time!
Leptospirosis or Bakteria Kencing Tikus
Recently, we understand there was some uneasiness among parents and of course participants who have called up the School requesting explanation on the impact of the disease Leptospirosis, if any, on our activities in the outdoor.
Let us try to alleviate some of the worries, which are understandable, by giving the facts below.
Background – Leptospirosis or locally known as “bakteria kencing tikus” (bacteria in rat’s urine) is the hot topic nowadays since there have been ever increasing reports from 263 cases in 2004 to 1,418 cases in 2009.
Actually this disease was first identified in this country as early as 1925 and it mainly affected military personnel and farmers. It became newsworthy when in early July 2010, there was a case of six (6) deaths as a result of these people being exposed to this infectious disease during a search party of a drowning incident at Lubuk Yu recreational forest, near Maran in the state of Pahang. There were similar fatalities in Sarawak (two cases in July 2010) and one case in Kedah (after he was believed to have gone for a dip at Puncak Janing recreation area in Kuala Nerang).
Definition – Leptospirosis is caused by exposure to several types of Leptospiro bacteria, which can be found in fresh water that has been contaminated by animal urine, normally in warmer climate.
- A person can only be affected by direct exposure to the bacteria physically entering the bloodstream either through drinking or through broken skin such as lesion or through the eyes.
- It is NOT contagious that is, it will not be passed from human to human.
- It is transmitted by urine of an infected animal and is contagious as long as it is still moist. Although rats and mice are primary hosts (incidentally, they are also carrier of many other diseases), a wide range of other mammals including dogs, deer, rabbits, cows, sheep and certain marine mammals are able to carry and transmit the disease as secondary hosts.
- The risk is mainly in stagnant freshwater pools and soil contaminated by urine of the infected animals. Note that the risk in saltwater is virtually zero.
For more information, please refer to www.leptospirosis.org
How does this affect activities conducted at Outward Bound Malaysia in Lumut?
- Our water activity is ONLY sea-based (note that the bacteria cannot survive in seawater) such as kayaking, rafting and sailing on the Whaler. We do not carry out any activities in land-based pools/ponds,rivers or lakes.
- The participants and Instructors carry their own water supply to the camping sites involved in the expedition.
- We are very strict about personal hygiene procedures to be carried out by everybody when going camping.
- We have requested the Medical authorities to carry out water and soil tests of all of our camping sites and so far the results are negative. In addition, there is no official report of any cases of Leptospirosis in the Lumut and Manjung area.
Notwithstanding the above actions, we are reviewing some of the land activities to eliminate the risk of any exposure to this disease.
Rest assured that Outward Bound Malaysia always placed the safety of our participants and Instructors as the highest priority and we will take immediate action as and when necessary.