The name ‘Eddy Out’ refers to paddling a river. We often pull into the calm water on the side for a breather. Once there the idea of eddying out back into the flow can be very daunting. This analogy very easily relates to life. Eddy Out, take on a new challenge, lead a team, be part of a team, complete a journey you may not think possible. The program will provide many opportunities to step out within a supportive environment learning skills that can last a lifetime. Let’s not forget the incredible wild places that we will visit on that journey. This is designed to be an 8-day programme that gives young people time to step out of the fast-pace of life for a moment to recalibrate the way they see the world and themselves as part of it.
The programme aims to provide participants with once in a lifetime opportunity to engage with the wilderness. Through this process developing themselves and their ability to relate to, and work with others. The programme will push participants beyond their comfort zones and provide strong shared experiences to last a lifetime.
Ultimately, we hope to show participants they can achieve more than they perceived and believed, inspire them to push harder, lean on the team, hold each other up and value the wilderness. All while eating good food and enjoying good company.
This programme includes seven days and seven nights of adventure including a multi-day journey.
The Otago Masonic Trust has generously provided funding for the cost of running this programme as since its conception in 2022. This cost includes food, accommodation, transportation once on site, instruction, and use of all gear required.
Each year, 12 applicants may be accepted for this programme. Applicants must be Otago-based, have been referred by their school and have just finished Year 12 or 13 in school as the programme happens each year in December. Participants are required to pay only a very small portion towards their entrance – $100.
Spaces are limited.