Teaching Determination



Welcome to the Escape the Desert interactive adventure signup page. This challenge is a chance for children to learn determination, British Values, explore SMSC issues, and understand the Growth Mindset – but more importantly, to experience them first-hand for themselves. On this page you can find out all about the adventure, the core values we are teaching, and the inspirational people who are leading by example. Please note, this adventure is presented as live to the children, but has already been filmed. The core messages and learning are still just as real. If you would like to take part in one of our current adventures, please check out our active adventure projects here



What is Escape the Desert

This interactive adventure is all about challenging children not to give up so easily. Escape the Desert is the epic story of one man running 250km across the Sahara Desert. We call this an interactive adventure because the children get to meet the adventurer, get video updates every day of the adventure week, and get to correspond with the the adventurer via email. As we learn about determination, British Values, SMSC issues, and the growth mindset, so do the children. To make it fully interactive, the adventurer challenges the children to have their own (age appropriate) daily missions, and report back to them on what they learned – with prizes for the best. Please note, this adventure is presented as live to the children, but has already been filmed. The core messages and learning are still just as real. If you would like to take part in one of our current adventures, please check out our active adventure projects here


Meet Nick Carter

Chances are you already know Nick pretty well. He does a huge amount of work with young people and schools. Nick has scaled the highest mountains, lived with some of the most remote tribes, and visited some of the coldest places on Earth. Nick’s passion is helping young people learn through experience, and motivating them to be more.


Meet Mat Hale

Film-maker and adventurer, Mat has accompanied Nick on many of his challenges, and is the driving force behind the films for Committed Project. In Escape the Desert his task is to get under the skin of Nick and his new friends, showing their vulnerabilities as well as strengths, and framing the scale of the challenge. Mat will showcase the value of determination and how to get more of it into your life.


Before the Adventure (date to suit you)

We generate a huge buzz when we run an adventure, because the way we do it is unique. We always offer in-person visits from the adventure team. The first visit would be a 30 minute assembly (which can be repeated for different KS groups). In this assembly Nick will explain what the adventure is all about, what makes it difficult, and how determination will overcome these problems. Crucially, he then sets the children their own determination missions. These personal missions are to be done during the adventure week, while Nick is demonstrating determination on a grand scale. You have full control over the dates for this visit, as the adventure has already been completed.


The Adventure Week (dates to suit you)

Each morning of the adventure week, a high quality video, lasting around five minutes, shows what Nick learned that day. These videos are packed full of educational and inspirational content, designed to get the children thinking about determination and SMSC issues. The children also have the chance to interact with the story as it unfolds, and can ask Nick questions about what they have just seen, via email. Throughout this week the children are constantly reminded to focus on their own determination missions. So far around 10,000 children have completed their own determination missions. You have full control over the dates for the adventure week, as the adventure has already been completed.


After the Adventure (date to suit)

The energy when Nick returns to school is palpable. The children are engaged, enthusiastic and can’t wait to tell him all about their own determination missions, and what they learned. In this assembly Nick will talk about what he learned from the whole epic journey. Much more importantly, though, this is the time for us all to celebrate the determination missions the children undertook. Prizes, recognition and glory await any child who took the challenge to heart, and changed themselves in the process. You have full control over the dates for this visit, as the adventure has already been completed.


Charity Fundraising

The Committed Project helps children all across the UK, but especially in London. We make sure that children who are disenfranchised get a chance to be the best they can be, and take part in amazing, and often life changing activities. The Escape the Desert adventure is a way for us to raise money to continue our important work. By taking part in this adventure, you not only get a fantastic adventure and a chance for your children to learn and improve through experience, but also the knowledge that all money raised is going to a worthy cause that benefits other young people. You can donate directly from your school, organise a fundraising event (e.g. non-uniform day), or do a combination of the two – but we ask for a minimum donation to take part, and this must be with us before you can take part in the adventure.




The best way to get real impact from this adventure is to take part fully. This means an in-person visit before the adventure to frame the challenge, then high-quality video resources, downloadable learning resources, the chance to talk to Nick during the adventure week, determination missions for the children to complete, and then another in-person visit after the adventure is over to cement the learning and celebrate the children’s successes. This option requires a minimum donation of £600. No money will be taken at this point. You are just pledging to raise the funds before the adventure.


Please tick this box to confirm that your school agrees to make the minimum donation to the Committed Project Charity to take part in this adventure, and that you have the authority to make this pledge.




If you’d like to be part of Escape the Desert, but can’t spare the time for the full adventure, how about having just one in-person visit, rather than two? This would mean one in-person visit either before or after your chosen adventure week, and then all the high quality video resources, downloadable learning resources, conversations with Nick via email, and determination missions. This option requires a minimum donation of £400. No money will be taken at this point. You are just pledging to raise the funds before the adventure.


Please tick this box to confirm that your school agrees to make the minimum donation to the Committed Project Charity to take part in this adventure, and that you have the authority to make this pledge




Want to be part of the adventure, but have more freedom about how you present it to your children? We can provide the high-quality videos, educational resources and PowerPoint presentations (with presenter notes) so that you can take your children through the whole experience, but without a visit from our team or the chance to ask questions via email during the adventure week. The presentations will guide you and your children through the core values and SMSC issues embedded in the films, and offer a chance for further reflection and discussion. If you’d like this option we would ask for a minimum donation of £200. No money will be taken at this point. You are just pledging to raise the funds before the adventure.


Please tick this box to confirm that your school agrees to make the minimum donation to the Committed Project Charity to take part in this adventure, and that you have the authority to make this pledge