The Edinburgh Outward-Bound Programme
Bishop Cotton School is well known for the outward-bound activities such as mountaineering, rock climbing, obstacle course, NCC, tours and treks. The school is also part of the International Awards for Young People awarded by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The school organizes one mountaineering expedition every year which includes staff and student mountaineers. Students are sent for basic and advanced mountaineering courses to prepare them for the expeditions. Six successful expeditions have been organised so far to the most technical, adventurous and difficult peaks in the Himalayan range with heights of over 20,000 feet.
The school has an artificial rock climbing wall and an obstacle course designed by specialists from the Army Training Corps. The school also organizes tours and treks for all students to various parts of the country. The treks, which are under the direct supervision of the school staff, are planned to be age appropriate, and are guided by accredited tour guides. The treks include activities like hiking, survival training, nature appreciation, wild life conservation, adventure sports etc.
This programme is directly under the supervision of Brigadier D.K. Khullar (PVSM) who has years of experience with such activities and is himself an Everester. Accomplished staff members who are trained for the purpose assist him.
Minor and Major Colours are awarded in the various activities in this programme. And of course, the mountaineers who reach the summit of the peak become heroes and join the other legends of the school.