Young Explorer – ACT

Young Explorer School Holiday Program
Young Explorer offers 12-14 year-olds five full days of fun, challenge and personal development. Enrol your young person today and give them a gift that will last them for years to come.
Dates
17 Jan 2022 to 21 Jan 2022
10 Apr 2022 to 14 Apr 2022
26 Sep 2022 to 30 Sep 2022
Price $1020 p/p
Ages 12 - 14
Region Tharwa, act
Essentials
Detailed Information

Young Explorer is more than just a school holiday program for teenagers. By providing a fun and challenging environment, we encourage young adolescents to explore their potential through adventure, all the while supported by our expert instructors. Outward Bound instructors facilitate each activity to ensure a positive and educational experience is had by all.

The 5 day program for youth aged 12-14 offers activities such as a High Ropes Course, Orienteering, and Hiking. Emerging teenagers on Young Explorer are stimulated in a positive and constructive environment. By providing “a place apart” Outward Bound programs help young people re-connect with what is real and important in their lives and to get away from the distractions of mobile phones and social media.

Young Explorer offers five full days of fun, challenge and personal development. Enrol your child today and give them a gift that will last them for years to come.

Ready to reach your potential? Know someone who could benefit from the Young Explorer experience? Enrol or enquire online and a friendly staff member will be in touch with more information on the course, or call us on 1800 267 999.

Itinerary

Please click on the image to see an indicative program outline for Young Explorer. The exact program schedule may change, depending on factors including weather, group ability, and available access within National Parks.

Getting to and from program:

Meet us at our National Base in Tharwa ACT from 10:00am, for a 10:30am start on Day 1. We offer a pick-up option from Kingston Train Station at 9:30am, and Canberra Airport at 10am for those who cannot arrange car transport to our location.

Your program will end at 2:00pm on Day 5. If you require public transport to get home, we offer a drop-off option from Canberra Airport at 2:30pm, and Kingston Train Station at 3:00pm.

What to bring
Come prepared and leave inspired!

Please click on the images below to access your packing list for the Young Explorer program. Participants are expected to come on program with all items, as indicated.

If you do not have any of the items below, try borrowing from friends or family or buying second hand. We have also partnered with Camp List, who provide many of the items listed for hire and/or purchase. To see what is available, go to www.camplist.com.au and in the central search bar type “Outward Bound Australia”.

Safety

At Outward Bound we take safety seriously.

We endeavour to provide a safe but challenging environment for our participants. We believe that people grow and learn by taking a controlled level of risk in the outdoor learning environment.

As leaders in the Outdoor Education field, we have developed, over 60 years, a comprehensive risk management system. This includes:

  • policies and procedures for the safe running and management of programs in line with the Australian Adventure Activity standards.
  • conducting annual internal audits, bi annual external audits, staff appraisals, staff training and bi monthly safety reviews.
  • a comprehensive incident and near miss database (one of the best in the business) which allows us to track trends and work towards reducing the likelihood of accidents. This is greatly assisted by each participant completing a thorough medical & dietary form, before they arrive.
  • a coordinated risk management plan that includes hiring procedures, written field operational standards and guidelines, operational training, program structure, reflection, evaluation and organisational culture.
  • a dedicated manager responsible for Health, Safety and Risk.

Our safety record is extremely good, and we expect this will remain so due to robust policies,  responsible management and continuous improvement.

We encourage parents and participants to familiarise themselves with the Risk-Management-Policy available to view via the link below.

Risk Management Policy

FAQs

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 am I 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 encourage adult participants to not use technology such as phones, tablets, music players, etc. during your program. If you need to bring these items, 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).

What activities will I be doing?

All Outward Bound programs include a hiking expedition and team initiatives. The program length and location may include abseiling, rock-climbing and high ropes. Programs in Western Australia and Grampians VIC usually include a water-based activity.

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 at least 6km every day of your program length, carrying a minimum of 6kg in an expedition-style backpack.

Where are the programs held?

All-year-round programs operate from our national base in Tharwa, ACT. We operate seasonally from our Base in Walpole WA, and our remote set-up along the Snowy River, VIC.

Scholarship

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.

To apply for a scholarship please go to our Scholarship Application Form.

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