In 1955 R S (Dick) Allcock OBE established Endeavour out of his work with the National Association of Boys Clubs. He wanted to shake up traditional youth work, using outdoor activity and new methods of personal challenge to motivate disadvantaged and deprived young people.

Dick believed passionately in the emotional, mental and spiritual benefits of living and working outdoors, developed through his early years in farming and later through his expeditions to different parts of the world. He also believed in supporting people to meet their potential.

We have grown and developed in response to the changing needs of young people and the challenges of modern society. Today, our focus is as much on literacy and academic development as it is on outdoor challenge, and we’re helping our young people negotiate the digital world as well as the physical.

But what remains constant are the values that run through the heart of the organization and that unique voluntary spirit and passion that Dick inspired more than 60 years ago