School Outdoor Education Camps
Outward Bound programs are a fully immersive, adventure-based, learning experience.
Excite your students with a learning experience away from the restraints of classrooms, books, laptops and homework. Students get to dive into challenges, face obstacles, and realise how truly capable they are.
Let’s put “education” into a real life perspective!
Our school camps currently cater for Years 4 through 12 with age-specific programs tailored to your school’s needs. The camps are the essence of outdoor education and build resilience, self-confidence and we hope, a lifelong love of the natural world.
Whether you have 1 day, 10 days or anything in between, a school camp with Outward Bound will deliver what you’re trying to achieve.
It can be centre-based, activity based or expedition based, or a blend of all three, and as “hard” or “easy” as you like. There is a perception that Outward Bound programs are long, arduous and break people. That’s incorrect. It will always be challenging, because that’s how people experience growth, but they’re designed to build people up, not break them down.
A 2-day centre-based school camp with Outward Bound will be more physically, socially and emotionally challenging than a similar shool camp with another provider. But that’s the point, Outward Bound helps people grow and develop their strength of character.
We will work with you to design the program you want us to deliver and customise the adventure level for your student cohort.
Want to build a memorable School Camp experience for your Students?
Outward Bound’s selection of exciting School Programs appeal to prospective leaders, aspiring athletes, environmental champions and everyone in between. Your students will be supported each step of the way. We will encourage each one to participate in unique outdoor opportunities, cooperate with their peers and, most importantly learn that fun does not need a device or a charger!
The range of activities across the adventures is customised to focus on experiential learning based on curriculum outcomes, as well as being challenging and rewarding.
Learning outcomes are also designed to support the development of lifelong skills. Each student is supported to feel that they are capable, courageous and independent. Watch as your students shine!
To discuss the opportunities for your school, contact our team on 1800 267 999 to learn more or ask any questions about the program in your state or territory.
Outward Bound Australia has been running expedition based outdoor education programs since 1956. Key objectives of our school programs are to promote and develop:
- community service
- environmental awareness
- social and cultural connectedness
- tenacity in pursuit of a goal, and
Your students will be supported to take on new challenges, consider risk and develop courage, compassion and resilience.
Outdoor Education, often called adventure or experiential learning. enables people to learn new concepts in a way they remember. People relate to:
- Concepts, in that order. It’s hard for people to grasp new concepts.
Experiential learning demonstrates concepts and the behaviours associated with them. It enables people to understand ideas better and allows people to make the connections at a neural level. In other words, their whole body feels it and their whole body learns it.
To transfer these learnings from short to longer term memory, the human brain requires:
- Urgency – participants are fully immersed in a challenge that requires them to think and act to achieve a specific outcome. “The Point of Maximum Learning”, what Outward Bounders call the “Stretch Zone”, is a facilitated point between the Learning Zone and the Panic Zone where magic happens.
- Repetition – repeating scenarios so participants can practice new skills and see how the results change based on those skills.
- Association is employed in the debrief when the knowledge gained during the training is recalled and connected to real life situations.
Outdoor education programs with Outward Bound may include bushwalking, ropes course (high and low), abseiling, rock-climbing, rafting and/or raft-building, canoeing, navigating, bush-cooking, solo, and team building games and initiatives. But it’s never about the activity. Outward Bound uses these activities to challenge participants and facilitate personal development.
Outward Bound is a character development School, using authentic adventure in the natural environment to teach human skills.
Our outdoor education programs represent the highest level of professional outdoor education available in Australia. Numerous schools have cemented an Outward Bound course into their curriculum as a rite of passage for their students.
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.
For all School Programs Outward Bound will provide all specialist equipment such as helmets, lifejackets, communication devices, etc.
Packing Lists are dependent on location, duration and the nature of the program – cabin-based, expedition-style, water activities etc.
We recommend bringing your own hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes, which you have broken in before arriving at Outward Bound.
Getting some walking/hiking practice in your boots will mean you’re less likely to get blisters or a sprained ankle. You’ll also be much more comfortable in your own shoes!
Mark all your gear and clothing with your name to avoid mix-ups with your group mates.
Woollen or thermal layers are essential in all seasons. Cotton clothing is not appropriate for all activities.
Bring your gear in a lightweight soft bag such as a duffle bag or sports bag.
Remember that it’s not a fashion parade. These items can be found in op shops or borrowed from friends and family.
Packing Lists are available for download:
Short Exped Packing List incl. water
Short Exped Packing List excl. water
Mid Exped Packing List incl. water
The recently released Outward Bound International Global Impact Report 2020 revealed the centralizing theme of CONNECTIONS across all regions and 5 CORE OUTCOMES of Outward Bound programs consistent across the worldwide network of Schools. Connections to:
- Social Competence
- The Natural World
- Environmental Responsibility