April 16, 2017 1:38PM
 
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Australian Alps Young Explorer April 2017

Australian Alps Young Explorer April 2017 | Youth Adventure Program

Welcome to the Blog for our Australian Alps Young Explorer program.  Follow along as these young folk undertake their adventure at our National campus and in the nearby spectacular Namadgi National Park.  Here you will find updates from the program including a written account of each day’s events as well as photos.  Sometimes the kookaburras take some time to fly the news back to civilization so apologies in advance if a days adventures come in a bit late  Please join in and leave your comments – we’d love to hear from you!  Stay tuned for the first post!

Day 1

A sunny day was a great way to start the course and all seven of the boys were excited to be taking part in the first Australian Alps Young Explorer.  Our two Instructors Kayla and Bekk are excited to have an adventurous week ahead. The morning was spent getting to know each other and the team quickly bonded. They were given their first problem solving challenge which is called Marble Run. Working together they successfully transported the marble along the highway that they had to form using their piping to get the marble to the destination. They showed some good communication and planning to finally accomplish this. After lunch they headed down to the Murrumbidgee River to build and trial their rafts. Some were better at knot tying than others but they all pitched in to build a super raft….unfortunately the maiden voyage didn’t quite work out as planned and the knots started to come apart. Quick thinking and action allowed them to reach the island on the other side to win their prize – nerf guns!

Tired from the swim they headed back to camp to change. Today, as they sat around the fire at camp, the Young Explorers highlighted that they learnt how to tie the square lashings and the truckies hitch. They were tired but happy with the success that they achieved throughout the day. 

 

Day 2

A beautiful sunny day has greeted our Young Explorers. They’ve had a great morning on the climbing tower. The red holds are the most challenging and they’ve all given it a go climbing as well as belaying each other. They have even had mini races up the easier sections.

In the afternoon the Wolf Pack as they became know as had some lessons on using compasses and maps and navigating which they put to practice with their first hike of 3 km to their campsite.  They had a big day and felt very accomplished looking up to a starry night sky as they headed to bed reasonably early.

 

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