The Edinburgh Outward bound activities programme:
Outward bound activities cover treks, river rafting, mountaineering and allied sports the artificial rock wall and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Treks are organized once a year by the school and we encourage the boys to explore the inner areas of the Himalayas. They have gone to Leh, Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, trekked up to Chandra Tal, the source of the Chenab, and have explored most of the western Himalayan region. The middle school boys usually go to game parks to learn about the incredible bio-diversity of our country.
For river rafting they go to camps along the Alaknanda and the Yamuna where, under trained and certified personnel, they camp out and learn how to enjoy themselves while paying full homage to nature with all its whims and fancies.
Mountain climbing is a serious activity at Bishop Cotton, which follows a national certification programme monitored by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. Our boys have climbed the following peaks:
- Mt. Leo Pargyal (22,290 ft)
- Stok Kangri (19,700 ft)
- Mt. Jaonli (21,760ft)
- Mt. Bidhan Parvat
- Frey peak
- Mt. Phawaranga
- Mt. Hanuman Tibba
- Mt. Menthosa
- Mt. Everest Base camp & Kala Pathar
Before undertaking these adventures the summit teams undergo training at the Western Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Manali, the National Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling for the basic and advanced training programmes. When given certification, they head for the hills and in the process pick up valuable skills that they learn from helping organize the expeditions. They are accompanied by certified teachers, mountain guides, and porters. The programme is directed by (on site) Brig. (Retd.) D. K. Khullar, Padma Shri, Arjuna Awardee, Everester.
The Duke of Edinburgh Activities programme or the Indian Youth Award scheme as it is now renamed, encourages students to compete against their own selves and increase their abilities by awarding points for community work, physical activity and adventure sports. Children can work towards acquiring Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. These awards are internationally recognized.