Secondary Outdoor Education

Let’s Go Bush – Years 7 & 8

Our year seven and eight students are at a pivotal point in their social development as they enter a new stage of their lives. Our Let’s Go Bush adventure program aims to foster a sense of self, give students self-confidence, and help to establish strong relationships through team building activities with their peers.

Outdoor Education is vital for this age group, as it allows each student to learn about themselves and how they respond to dynamic situations. This real world insight can be life changing for young teens. Especially for those who have been caught in the trap of seeing themselves predominantly through the lens of social media.

The Let’s Go Bush program is a three day, two night program where students camp in the bush, cook their meals on Trangia stoves, and develop a growing sense of competence in dealing with the natural environment with a strong emphasis on safety and FUN.

Activities focus on enhancing student self-reliance,cooperation, and teamwork skills through controlled experiences.This approach encourages the process of experiential learning by using the outdoors as a catalyst.

Let’s Go Bush activities can include:

  • Team Building activities and challenge initiatives
  • Canoeing or Sea kayaking
  • Trust and Awareness activities
  • High and Low ropes courses
  • Navigation orienteering and rogaining
  • Introduction to Mountain Bikes
  • Abseiling and Rockclimbing
  • Archery
  • Campcraft, Bushcraft, and bush cooking
  • Night activities and campfire
  • Swimming – beach or river
  • Indigenous Experience
  • Surf school and Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Snorkelling and Catamaran Cruise, Dolphin and Whale Watching
  • Plenty of wildlife to see!

Let’s Go Wild – Year 9 & 10

Our year nine and ten students participate in an expedition style program that is part of the Optimum Experiences sequential outdoor education program.This program promotes personal and social development in the students, as well as a deeper understanding of the natural world. The students will work together to complete the journey through teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership opportunities as they make a journey that’s physically and mentally demanding. They will use skills learned in previous outdoor experiences to build a sense of achievement, independence, and maturity.

Optimum provides professional experienced staff to guide students throughout the journey. Our staff has the flexibility of using various locations on the south coast and Southern Highlands of New South Wales. We provide a wide variety of camping and safety equipment including support vehicles, radios, and specialist activity instructors for students who do not have their own. This allows students to build on bush skills such as navigation in remote areas, minimal impact bush walking and camping, canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and abseiling skills. The expeditions are typically five days in duration, but can be modified to suit the needs of the particular group and usually involve canoe, hiking, and mountain bike legs of the journey.

Lead On – Years 11 & 12

“To lead others, you must first be a leader of yourself”

Our team building leadership camps are usually suited to year 11 and 12, prefects, SRC and University students.The Lead On program is great preparation for senior students as they encourage reflection in preparation for further study or vocational training. The students learn to take on leadership roles through team building, problem-solving, and challenging initiative activities. Students are placed in tribes and are lead through an exciting program of activities by a qualified Optimum staff member.

“The tribal elder ensured that we were able to reflect back on past activities and draw upon our previous experience to enhance our future performance as a team”. – Student comment

Optimum Experiences can support school staff to implement the compulsory 25 at our crossroads course by programming sessions that include relevant video presentations and group discussions. Optimum Experiences has created a partnership with New South Wales Health and can deliver drug, alcohol, and sexual health information sessions as part of the program. These leadership camps allow students to “have a go” at leading the tribe in a safe and supported environment while they are having fun with their peers.