Navigator – VIC
Navigator Youth Development Program will give you personal motivation, boost your self-esteem and confidence, and provide you with the skills to map your journey of self-discovery. Through adventure, laughter and some one-on-one with the wilderness, you’ll find you’re capable of more than you thought possible.
10 Apr 2023 to 21 Apr 2023
|Region||Snowy River (Buchan), vic|
Through physical, emotional and social challenges, Navigator helps young adults to learn more about their own potential. By spending time outside their comfort zone, young people will learn that they are capable of more than they realise and will develop the confidence to seek out and overcome challenges in their lives at home.
Initiative & Motivation
Navigator teaches young people to take responsibility for their actions and mindsets. Outward Bound impels young people into challenging experiences that force them to reconsider how much responsibility they are taking for their motivation and direction back at home. Navigator participants commonly express a willingness to try new experiences and to find challenges for themselves after their programs.
Awareness of Self and Others
By taking adolescents away from their normal social environment, we allow them to explore their identity away from everyday peer pressures. This not only allows them to develop an understanding of themselves, it allows them to take on new roles in a social setting and to understand how they can affect those around them.
Navigator offers adolescents the opportunity to lead in a challenging yet supportive environment. By practicing their leadership in the outdoors, young people will experience immediate feedback and tangible results from their actions. Our expert Instructors offer one-to-one mentoring to suit the natural style of each participant.
Navigator is an 11-night personal development program for youth aged 15-17. The Navigator program is full of adventure, wilderness, new friends and fun, whilst discovering and developing your potential! You will learn things about yourself you never could in a classroom. The focus is on you, however, you will share your adventure with other young adults in as social group.
Get a head start by adding an Outward Bound certificate to your resume. Completing this program is a great achievement. It aims to provide a greater sense of self, and the ability to face the future with confidence, resourcefulness and a determination to succeed in whatever you decide to do.
Want to develop new skills and accept leadership challenges? Undertaking experiences scaffolded by risk and reward provides teens with a better understanding of themselves and their personal capabilities.
Physical activity, mental agility and the ability to work together as a team encourage teenagers to problem-solve in practical ways. Curiosity, courage and compassion are also areas of growth and development that are drawn on through these specific adventures.
The Navigator program qualifies for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential Project. Classification: Activity based – Outdoor adventure courses. Please contact email@example.com to arrange for your assessment before arriving on program.
Click on the image below to see an indicative program outline.
All our programs are tailored to meet the needs and capabilities of the group, as well as factoring weather and National Park access. As such, each Navigator’s itinerary is unique.
Start and End times:
Please meet us at Bairnsdale Train Station by 11:30am on Day 1.
You program concludes at Bairnsdale Train Station at 12:30pm on Day 12.
Getting to and from program:
Navigator VIC has been designed to allow access to the V-Line train timetable, and we encourage participants to use this service. You are required to book a seat in advance. For more information, please access the V-Line website.
Click on the images below to see your packing list for Navigator VIC. We expect all participants to come with all the items outlined. If there are items that you do not have, see if you can borrow from friends or family or look online and buy second hand. We also have a partnership with CampList, where you can hire and/or purchase many of the items. To see what is available, go to www.camplist.com.au and in the central search bar type “Outward Bound Australia”.
Outward Bound is the world leader in outdoor education. This global presence has enabled us to develop the most comprehensive Safety and Risk Management Policies and Procedures.
We balance risk, reward and responsibility as core tenets of our mission. Our programs are facilitated and supported by a network of qualified, highly trained and experienced instructors, with a clear understanding of this risk/reward balance.
Safety first, always.
We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have over the phone (1800 267 999). Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.
Where will I be sleeping?
Our programs are expedition-based. You will be hiking to a new expedition campsite every night where you will share a bivvy (A-frame tarp, with waterproof groundsheet and sleeping mat.)
What will I eat?
We value fresh food and endeavour to organise regular food drops for you to enjoy throughout your program. Participants will learn to cook a variety of group-based meals, including pasta, rice, burritos, and perhaps even a roast dinner. We are able to cater for most dietary requirements. We will request your specific dietary needs before the program.
Can I bring technology on program?
An Outward Bound program is your opportunity to ‘disconnect to reconnect’. We will not permit technology such as phones, tablets, music players, etc. on your program. If you need to bring these for your journey before and after your program, we can securely store these while you are out in the bush.
Do I have to wear hiking boots?
We recommend hiking boots for all our programs. If you are unable to source these, you will need to find a suitable pair of lace-up, fully enclosed footwear, that has a rigid sole and provides ankle stability.
Do I have to bring the wet weather clothing?
We use the rain jacket and waterproof overpants as a heat-trapping layer in the evenings, just as much as a waterproof cover in the case of rain. For the majority of situations, we continue with our program when it is raining, and so very strongly encourage participants to provide these items.
Do I have to bring the thermals?
For programs running May – September, yes you do need to bring the thermal top and bottom to program. For programs running at other times, you can choose if you want to bring these or not. Overall, we recommend bringing thermals for any time of year, as they can act as a lightweight jumper in the evenings, or as a pair of pyjamas (which are not a part of our packing list).
Do I have to be very fit to come on a program?
An Outward Bound program is an expedition in the natural environment, so you need to feel confident enough to manage walking on uneven ground for about 6 hours every day of your program, while carrying a hiking pack weighing a minimum of 6kg, or a maximum of up to one third of your total body weight. We do adjust our programs to meet the capabilities of each group.
Do participants come with friends, or as individuals?
Most participants arrive on their own, and depart with a set of new friends.
What are the toilet facilities?
Due to environmental reasons, we don’t regularly use pit toilets while camping out. As an alternative to this we have a hygienic, private toileting system that we assemble for use each day of each program.
I’m over/under the age limits in my preferred program, can I still enrol?
Our programs are carefully constructed to suit specific age levels. Because of this we rarely allow anyone into a program that they do not qualify for. If you would like to join a program outside of your age bracket, please contact us to discuss your situation.
Can I bring a camera?
You can bring a non-phone camera on program. However there are times when you will not be permitted to use it, such as roping activities, group debriefs etc. If you do bring a camera, please ensure it is well protected and waterproofed. Before you take photos that have other people, you must gain the consent of everyone visible.
I follow cultural routines; can I follow them during a program?
Yes, as long as the cultural routines are permissible within our Safe Operating Procedures and insurance policies. Our staff will do their best to provide time and space for your cultural practices, please disclose your needs to our staff as soon as possible so that we can do our best to accommodate them. Participants who are unable to wear a helmet will not be able to undertake activities where a helmet is required. Safety must come first at Outward Bound Australia.
What gear does Outward Bound Australia supply?
Unless you are advised otherwise, Outward Bound Australia supplies essential items such as backpack, sleeping mat, sleeping shelter, food, cooking and specialist activity equipment. You are required to bring your own sleeping bag, clothing, personal camping equipment (eg. head torch), personal hygiene items and any medication you may require on program.
We want as many people as possible to experience the advantage of a wilderness program in Australia. Through our charity arm, the Australian Outward Bound Development Fund, we can offer financial scholarship opportunities to those participants who would otherwise not be able to afford to come on a program.
We accept applications year-round. Notification of your success for any given program will be advised 12-weeks before program start date.
To apply for a scholarship please go to our Scholarship Application Form.