Australian Alps Young Explorer | October 2018 | Outward Bound Australia
October 01, 2018 11:34AM

Australian Alps Young Explorer | October 2018

Hello, and welcome to the blog for Outward Bound Australia’s Young Explorer program! This blog will follow the adventure of the October 2018 program. Throughout the program, check back each day for updates on what is happening. Like what you see? Proud of your young person? Leave a message in the comment section below. 


Day 1

“Ships are safe in the harbor

But that is not what ships are built for”

There was quite the group of family along for the ride as participants gathered at Tharwa to start their Outward Bound adventure. We began with raising the Blue Peter flag, recognising our nautical history and announcing to everyone that the course has started; that the ship has left port.

The participants stretched from super excited to pretty nervous. They said their farewells to family then got into name games, energisers and mentally starting to grasp just what they are up for this week.  The group went down to the Ops shed and got all the gear they need, including backpacks, sleeping bags and more. Then it was lunch.

Outward Bound blends activities with reflection, and the first real reflection came with doing the Comfort Zones activity.  Through this participants are given some language and ideas to help understand how they’re thoughts, feelings and actions combine, and how to support and encourage each other.

The Giant Ladder activity was next and we could hear their fun even in the office.  Everyone had a great go at reaching their goal, and the team work was getting stronger.

The instructors had some one to one chats to help acknowledge and relieve some participant concerns and started group chats as well. This led to participants realising that others were feeling a little home sick as well.  Last we saw were multiple torches in the dark along with lots of chatter. Great first day.


Day 2

Written by AF and KH

The instructors are talking up the blog as an opportunity for budding photo journalists. Here’s what we got from the group today:

Today we went raft building on the Murrumbidgee River. The water was absolutely freezing. We split into 2 teams, the engineers and the riders. The riders were down for the cold and wet ride, and the engineers built the raft. We discussed different types of leaders and what leaders did.

From Instructor Lucas: The raft didn’t actually last that long but everyone had a lot fun trying to build it. The riders first tried the full raft and then, as it fell apart, were trying to sit on the barrels. So many ways to enjoy this activity!

Finally we got warm and dry, filled out stomachs with food, and got ready to conquer a 15 metre rock wall (climbing wall). We scaled the walls as fast as lightning. Some conquered fears while others showed their skills.

We then began our first hike (across the road to a neighbouring farm). We learnt to adjust packs and found that thorns hurt when you walk into them. Then we learnt how to set up the tents (tarps) using sticks that we found.


Day 3

Another early morning at camp but the group had a fantastic red sunrise.  The group has been getting into the adventure of this week and have opted to carry pretty much everything on their 2 day expedition which starts today. They walked down the hill to catch the bus and talked about the leaders of the day and navigation.

The buses dropped them off at the Baroomba Rocks car park and then it was up to them to hike all the way back to Base.  Their hike began with a 5 km section to Bushfolds Flats. It took them through a valley with a small Creek at the bottom.

They learnt a new game called camouflage while on the trail; a perfect game for playing in lots of bush. One person is ‘in’ and the others run off to hide. The person in the centre cannot move from the spot and they have to find people just by looking  around. After a while the person who is ‘in’ closes their eyes and everyone else has to run in and touch them before hiding again. Each round the amount of time for hiding gets less, and that’s where the fun starts.

They continued the hike to camp. Once there it didn’t take long to set up camp and then the frisbee came out. After eating dinner the group was chatting when the Instructors decided to go hide, making the participants work together together to find them.

It was hot chocolate night and it was delicious. This was followed by the Outward Bound story, and the participants thought about why we were here today.  Shortly after, the group lay down under the stars, talked about astrology and sang songs into the night.


Day 4

In the morning everyone was extremely tired but we managed to pack up all of our belongings. After breakfast we started to walk up into the bush, where we had to “bush bash”. It was difficult to climb as it was getting steeper and spikier the further we went.

We had morning tea at a flat area, which was relaxing. Then we walked up another hill and it was lunch time. After that it was all down hill to the Namadgi National Park Visitors Centre. Afternoon tea was at the Cyprus Pine Lookout. We finally reached camp where we spoke about our fears and how to overcome them.

Overall we had a good, hard day. We worked hard and got through, and the energy in the group is high, despite our tiredness. 


Day 5

Final Day.

Yesterday the group was bush bashing up to the Mt. Tennant saddle and found all the spikey plants possible. Today they were planting those very same plants along the river corridor near Outward Bound as part of an ongoing conservation project.  

When they complained to Tim, who was running the session, he told them that these plants are actually a haven for small birds as the bigger birds don’t like to enter the canopy. This didn’t seem to impress this group but maybe later it might seem pretty cool, that is, those plants were helping to create space for everyone. This nicely reflected this group who seemed to have a natural talent for helping create space for each other, and to notice when someone needed a little attention and connection.

It was the last day and the group might finally have worn down their instructors.  There was a constant hum around the place as they cleaned and hung up their equipment to dry, tucked into lunch and maintained their bond with a shared secret joke about a rock melon called Cheryl. Great name for a movie.

Thanks for coming to play, and learn, and share at Outward Bound Australia. 

34 comments for "Australian Alps Young Explorer | October 2018"

Asha Franklin
October 12, 2018 5:35PM

Hi Lucas,
Asha here. Thank you so much for such a great time at the course you were a really great instructor. I just wanted to say I worked out the answer to the riddle you gave us. What is red when halved is blue when halved is pink. I think it’s money. Because red $20 halved is blue $10 and halved in pink $5.

Caroline Bowman
October 15, 2018 4:44PM

Hi Asha,
Sounds like you’ve been giving this riddle some serious thought! I’ve passed your insight on to Lucas who will hopefully get back to you soon. He is currently in the field at the moment, so it might be a week before he can provide a response.
Regards, Caroline

Lucas slater
October 16, 2018 9:46PM

Asha I gald to hear you have been thinking about this answer for quite some time and hopefully you worked it out for yourself as you are correct.

Unc Greg
October 11, 2018 5:43PM

Well done Noah. Sounds like an awesome camp… the camouflage game actually sounds pretty awesome. Take care.
Greg Aneta and Zac

Granny and Grandpa Scavone
October 09, 2018 8:39PM

We are very proud of you Olivia! We are both looking forward to hearing the stories of your adventures. We have been a little worried! See you soon!

Granny and Grandpa.

Tim Levy
October 09, 2018 1:39PM


It looks amazing! Hope you’re having a good time and not breaking your face any more than you have (!).

Love from all of us –

Mum, Dad, Bella and Finn

Paul Bethell
October 09, 2018 11:21AM

Hey Brooke, we hope you are having a wonderful time. It looks like it from the photos!

Looking forward hearing all about your adventure and seeing you on Wednesday night, when you get home.

It has been very quite without you.

Love Mum, Dad and Finn

Jan Sorrenson
October 09, 2018 8:54AM

Hi Liv,
Hope the snow flakes are doing their job. With all of the skills you are learning you will be able to show Dad how a real camper does things.
Nannie and Dadol. ⛺️ 🧗🏻‍♀️

Rebecca Fitzpatrick
October 08, 2018 10:34PM

Hey Tim.
Looks and sounds like you are having an amazing time. I’m secretly jealous! Can’t wait to see you in a few days and hear all about it.
Love Mum xx

Joanne Sorrenson
October 08, 2018 9:08PM

Hi Liv

Gorgeous photo of you and Jaz 💓 image all the things you can say when you get asked “what did you do in the school holidays” 😉

Dad said there is no way he’d sleep under a bivi!! And he thinks he’s the camper in the family 😂 pretty proud of you kiddo!

Love mum x

October 08, 2018 7:59PM

Hey Noah
This stuff looks pretty hard but really fun, we reckon you are up for the challenge though. We can’t wait to hear all about it. Enjoy. Love Borny and Sel xx

Marie McLindon
October 08, 2018 7:42PM

Hi Noah, having a great and fun time by the look of it, love Nanna xxxx

Alex Fitch
October 08, 2018 7:18PM

Dearest Lochs, we all loved seeing piccies of you and all your new mates up the climbing wall – excellent it was one of your first activities as you love climbing!! Thinking of you camping out again tonight and looking forward to you telling us all about everything you have learned and experienced. Have a wonderful day 4 tomorrow – we are thinking of you but know you are having such an adventure. Love Mum, Dad, Issy, Murdo and all the animals xxx

Joe Bonington
October 08, 2018 4:36PM

Hi Edie and Honor

We love you guys very much.
Hope you guys have settled in and are learning things about yourselves and how much you can do.
Also how other people all have the same worries and fears that you do.
I’m very very proud of you two and what you are doing.
remember the motto from the first day
“A ship is safe in harbor but its not meant for that”

Lots of love

Dad & Mum
ps Milo would send his love as well but he is to busy scratching his ears, licking his bits and farting and snoring

Joanne Sorrenson
October 08, 2018 9:10PM

Hey Joe.

The last part of your comment gave me a great Chuckle…. sounds like our pup..

Hilary Wardhaugh
October 08, 2018 2:54PM

Wow! I love the sound of the first two days! Great work Henry! Get stuck in! Do your best!
Love you heaps!! Mum xxx

Michelle Langshaw
October 08, 2018 2:53PM

Hiya Noah
WOW !! It’s so great to see the photos and read everything you’ve been getting up to. What incredible experiences your having, I’m sure challenging and lots of fun. We a super proud of you as you should be within yourself. Miss you of course, make the most of the next few days.
Lots of love mum and dad Owen, Loc and Shae say hi xx

Simon Cook
October 08, 2018 2:08PM

Hi Aaron
Gosh it sounds like you are doing SO MUCH!
We are super proud of you and the way you are pushing out of your comfort zones!
Look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about these awesome experiences
Love Dad and Jonathan

October 08, 2018 12:52PM

So great to see what you have been doing. Keep having lots of fun, challenge yourself. Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. Love you & miss you lots,
Mum, Dad & baby brother xxoo

Nicole Morath
October 07, 2018 9:55PM

Hi Kaia and Asha
Hope you’re having a fantastic adventure with lots of challenges and cool things to explore. Can’t wait to see pics. Ps. Your bro is missing you. Nic xx

Alex Fitch
October 07, 2018 1:48PM

Hi Lochy, hope you are having an awesome time – can’t wait to hear all about it. Love Mum & Dad, Issy and Murdo xx

Sharon Franklin
October 07, 2018 1:22PM

Do we need to log in to see the blog, or is this the only link we need? All I can see are parents comments . If we do need to log in, where do we find the log in details?
Asha and Kaia : hope you’re having an awesome time and the rain is holding off. Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get home. Asha: you’re MetNorth kit is white again!!!

Caroline Bowman
October 07, 2018 5:00PM

Hi Sharon, you are in the right place. We will have the photos and stories up first thing Monday morning. We apologise for the delay; it has been a fantastically busy weekend here.
Kindly, Caroline from Outward Bound Australia

October 07, 2018 8:04PM

Thanks Caroline, that’s awesome 👍

Hilary Wardhaugh
October 07, 2018 12:09PM

Hi Henry,
Don’t forget to seize this opportunity to do the best you can and to be the best young man that you are. It’s always hard making new friends but I know that you will have a wonderful time and in the years to come you will remember this is an amazing thing.
Lots of luv

Jan Sorrenson
October 07, 2018 5:44AM

Hi Liv,
Hope you had a great first night and are looking forward to lots of fun and adventure today. Enjoy yourself brave grandaughter.
Nannie and Dadol

Daniel Scavone
October 06, 2018 7:09PM

Hello Liv! So proud if you going to outward bound! I can’t believe you’re happy to sleep under a tarp! Well done!

Tiffany Shackleton
October 06, 2018 7:02PM

I can’t wait to see all Annabelle’s adventures with all her new friends!
Tiffany (Annabelle’s Mum)

Alex Fitch
October 06, 2018 6:38PM

Hi Lochy,
we are so looking forward to seeing all your adventures over the next few days and are super proud of you – love you, Mum and Dad

Jo Sorrenson
October 06, 2018 5:31PM

Super proud of you Liv…. you continue to amaze us each and every day… can’t believe you’re doing this!

Lots of love
Dad and Mum xx

Jo Sorrenson
October 06, 2018 4:34PM

Hey Liv.

Hope you’ve settled in. We’re Proud beyond words for your determination to tackle this adventure… hope you have heaps of fun with your new crew, and that you all develop a special bond.
I’ll look after Hugo 🐰💓

Love mum and dadxx

Christie Bishop
October 06, 2018 11:02AM

Hey Jas,
Miss you already. Super proud of you for going on this amazing adventure. Im sure you have made lots of friends by now and your nerves have subsided.
Have an awesome time Jas and all of the Outward Bound Adventures 💖
Love Mum xx

Michelle Langshaw
October 06, 2018 9:01AM

Hey Noah looking forward to watching your adventures. Super proud of you mum and dad x

Michael Gilmour
October 03, 2018 10:29AM

I am Henry Gilmours very proud Dad.


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