“After weeks of rafting, climbing, camping, mountaineering, soloing in the desert, and interacting in a survival setting we returned to Salt Lake City and back to society. I will never forget entering the city and walking by a store front window. When I turned and looked into the reflection of the window, it was a new person looking back at me. From that point on, my life took a new direction – one that has led me down a course of happiness, fulfillment, accomplishment, confidence, and passion for life’s adventures.”
– Titus Mott, 1990 Outward Bound Alum and Scholarship Student
When Titus was 15, like many youth, he was struggling with direction and getting into trouble as a result. Despite his mom’s efforts to help, the atmosphere at home wasn’t changing anything for Titus. She then suggested the idea of Outward Bound. Taking his mother’s advice he picked a course and applied for a scholarship. Fortunately, Titus received enough scholarship support to enable him to attend a 15 day outdoor leadership course. In 1992, he traveled to Utah where he joined other members of his course to raft in Desolation Canyon, and backpack through majestic desert mesas. The result: Titus found himself and never looked back. In his words, “For me the takeaway from my course was total positive transformation and I came out of that experience a different youth.”
Titus always remembered how important this event was for him and that it would not have been possible without the help of the scholarship fund. In 2009, he was looking for a way to raise money to help Outward Bound serve more students and he came up with the idea of “The Peak Tour”! This adventure race would start and end at the Washington Monument and would circumnavigate the southern portion of the Chesapeake Bay. The race involved four disciplines: bike (216 miles), sail (100 miles), kayak (43 miles), and run (27 miles). People could donate to help Titus meet his personal goal, or they could join him by entering the race and having their own fund raising goal. He encouraged other to join, even “if only for 1 mile”.
The event was a great success in raising awareness and scholarship funds for Outward Bound. Recently Titus received a thank you letter from a scholarship student who was able to attend course because of his efforts. This letter really hit home for Titus since he was once that student. When he and his wife read the letter, he said “we cried, it was amazing and we are so happy we did it”.
Outward Bound now provides a free online tool that empowers people like Titus to create their own personal or team fund raising page. This online page will help get the word out, and also allows people to give online and follow each person’s progress in achieving their goal. The tool is called Connecting Leaders.
Join Titus today by givingonline or by creating your own personal Connecting Leaders page. You don’t have to run 100 miles; just one mile can help put students on course!
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