Staff Q&A: Merle
For this quarter’s Trail Tales we interviewed Merle Cosgrove, one of our most senior Outward Bound sea kayaking and Veterans Program course instructors.
Why did you choose to work with Outward Bound? I
believe wholeheartedly in the Outward Bound philosophy. I have seen it at work over and over again and I feel privileged and grateful to be an instructor. Community is also very important to me. I grew up in the 1960s, living in communal settings, and the communities I’ve found through Outward Bound have always made me feel welcomed and inspired. You see this creation of community in our crews as well, because the Outward Bound methodology of fostering positive and supportive community is part of what we help to do as instructors.
Do you have a favorite moment from instructing?In terms of a favorite moment, I love watching the
students leave shore for the first time, after all of the prep work is over and we begin our journey together. Also, seeing the Gulf of Mexico is magnificent; it always takes my breath away.
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