Imagine with me, that you have an immense fear of heights and your Outward Bound South Africa (OBSA) Instructor is slowing and clearly giving you instructions on how to climb a very long and very narrow pole. And then once having ascended to the top, you are told to stand up straight, with the support of the belay ropes anchoring you from below, and then once again told to jump and catch the swinging bar in the distance in front of you all while in the air.
You freeze from fear. Your inner self telling you that you are not capable of making the jump and that the rope supporting you will fail. But there’s another voice too. Telling you that you CAN do it and that you are capable of the task if you just TRUST yourself and your team below. With shaking knees and a racing heart, you close your eyes and leap. Taking the leap of faith.
Once back on the ground, you get together with your OBSA Instructor and your Team and open up and chat about that activity and what it meant to you. This is the debrief.
One of the main reasons that an Outward Bound program is so different from that of other Adventure Companies, is our fundamental concept of Group Debriefings. This is an important educational tool to better gain an understanding from the Participants on their experience with the OBSA activities.
What is a Debrief?
Google describes a debriefing as a process of receiving information or reporting of measures of performance, and/or opportunities to further investigate the results of a study, investigation, or assessment of performance after participation in an immersive activity is complete.
Here are some ways to enhance a debrief with your Group:
Give some of these a try and please let us know how it works out for you.