The Foundation for Outdoor Adventure
is a national body committed
to research education and promotion of the values of outdoor and
adventurous experiences for young people. The Foundation was
established following the publication in 1989 of the Hunt Report
'In Search of Adventure: a study of the opportunities for
adventure and challenge for young people'.
MANIFESTO FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
THE IMPORTANCE OF OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
In 2004 the Foundation for Outdoor Adventure ceased to exist, but the work goes on, and much of the work that was achieved is well recorded. Any enquiries about publications should me made to the Institute for Outdoor Learning or the Brathay Academy. The campaigning work of the Foundation is continued by many organisations including the Campaign for Adventure and the Institute for Outdoor Learning. For continuing research activity, get in touch with the Research Forum of the Institute for Outdoor Learning, join the 'outres' (outdoor research) discussion list, and subscribe to the Insitute's Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.
When the Foundation for Outdoor Adventure was established in 1989 there was much less researching, publishing and campaigning. And there is still much progress to be made in all these areas. Yes we are making progress, but social and legislative changes make it ever more important to keep this cause alive. The Manifesto remains on this website because it has yet to be achieved.
Roger Greenaway, June 2004
(Formerly a researcher and research adviser for the FOA)
This report and the research which on which it was based stemmed from an initiative taken by Lord Hunt of Llanfair Waterdine, best known for his leadership of the successful Mount Everest expedition in 1953, who died in 1998. Lord Hunt was a lifelong supporter of young people and their endeavours, and the report was produced as a major contribution to the discussions about the future of the education and youth work curriculum.
The Hunt report presented the strategic challenge:
"that every young person in the United Kingdom should have the
opportunity to take part in adventurous outdoor activities."
The Foundation for Outdoor Adventure promotes:
- recognition and awareness of the value of outdoor activities
for all young people
- a better understanding of the role of outdoor adventure in
young people's development
- equality of access to and involvement in outdoor adventure at
- good practice by all those who organise and lead adventurous