Activities

Weather Education

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Food Shopping

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Cycling

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Outdoor Leadership Activities

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Cycling

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Teamwork

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Financial Management

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Introduction

The Melbourne City Urban experience leadership program gives student participants the opportunity to learn whilst having fun in the most liveable city in the world.

Through exploration of the Urban setting and city environment, students are introduced to Melbourne’s major infrastructure design and the environmental impact, our cultural and linguistically diverse community (CALD), public transport network and the vibrant culture of this spectacular city.

This program provides students with safe and simulated leadership experiences that are student-led, outcomes focused and teacher-guided. From the very beginning of the program, students will take on key roles and responsibilities that carry through the entire duration of the program, on a role-rotation sequence, facilitated and guided by our highly trained and qualified staff.

OutBeyond’s Melbourne City Urban experience gives student participants the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, all whilst having fun in the most liveable city in the world!

Come and explore the urban setting and city environment of Melbourne CBD! The OutBeyond Melbourne Urban Experience is a journey into the indigenous history, environmental discovery, adventure activity and exploration of the great City. So many different experiences to be had and so many amazing adventure activities right in the heart of the city.

This camp provides participants with safe and simulated leadership experiences that are student-led, outcome focused and great fun. From the very beginning of the program, participants will take on key roles and responsibilities that carry through the entire program, on a role-rotation sequence, facilitated and guided by our highly trained and qualified staff. Students have a chance to grow, meet new friends and have a great time in OutBeyond's "Home town".




Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the be staying overnight?

Just like our School Camps, we only use accredited group accommodation facilities that have undergone additional in-house risk assessment by our schools program operational planning team. These centres have dormitory style rooms.

For International Programs (CHINA) we also utilise 4* hotel accommodation where appropriate.

Our accommodation policy is to allocate rooms by gender, manage the proximity between rooms and group students into appropriate age levels.

How will I be able to contact my Child?

Want to get in touch? No problems, just give the assigned program coordinator a call and they will happily pass on any message or put your child/student on the phone. As said above in section 5, campers will have set times in which they can contact you. We do try and limit communication as a way of having our campers build on their independence but we of course are happy to have a plan in place on your advice if needed.

How do I know my child will be safe?

Camper safety and wellbeing is our number one priority. As mentioned above, we work with thousands of Australian school students every year. OutBeyond is an accredited outdoor education and travel provider endorsed by the Australian Federal Government’s Austrade Future Unlimited License to deliver international education experiences to students. Our program locations, venues and activities undergo regular safety and risk assessment prior, during and after the successful delivery of camp. We have taken all reasonable measures to ensure that we adhere to the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic.).

Can my child/student bring their mobile phone?

Yes. We want you to be able to stay in touch with your child/student and enjoy their journey too which is available through our staff on the ground who you will have direct access to via phone. At the end of each day, campers will have 'allocated phone time' which is usually in the evening for no more than half an hour. Phones will be kept safe and stored by OB staff during the day. Students that want to take photos can use the team cameras.

OutBeyond reserves the right to remove phones from campers when it is interfering with camp activities and quality group engagement.

Please note: Parents and Carers will be given the direct contact details of the program coordination staff to contact our friendly team members at any time.

What does my child need to bring?

A full camper equipment list will be provided upon receiving your booking confirmation. The items on the camper equipment list are similar to most other camps that your child/student has attended.

OutBeyond will provide all camping, outdoor and activity equipment such as; Tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, safety equipment, etc. Campers are welcome to bring their own personal outdoor/camp/travel equipment, we just ask that is of suitable standard for our outdoor adventures.

Click here to see a "sample camper equipment list".

What kinds of qualifications do your staff have?

We work with thousands of students every year, running school camps for Australian schools. With that responsibility we must adhere to strict guidelines and regulations set by the relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Education, Department of Education, IATA and the Adventure Activity Standards. Minimum staff qualifications are listed below:

  • Teaching Degree (Bachelor of Education)
  • Outdoor Education (Cert 3 in Outdoor Recreation)
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Working with Children Check and National Police Clearance
  • Minimum 2 years experience in educating children
  • OutBeyond student wellbeing and outdoor leadership certification
  • For a full list of staff qualifications please contact us directly.

What is your refund policy?

Our refund policy is detailed in our terms and conditions of booking. Please refer to our Holiday Camp Terms & Conditions for more information.

What are your staff ratios and supervision policies?

As set by the Department of Education and in conjunction with the AAS guidelines, OutBeyond assumes duty of care for the entirety of the program.

Our staff ratios are maintained at a minimum of 1:7 students to adults.

Students are under constant supervision by our program staff and never left unaccompanied during program activities.

How much personal spending money will my child need?

Unless you want them to bring an expensive souvenir home, not much. Ultimately it’s your choice how much you’d like to give your camper - OutBeyond recommends around $5 - $10 per day.

Can I hear from other parents who have sent their children on your camps?

Yes, of course, search our website for parents feedback, or give us a call and we will gladly put you in touch.

What are the general ages of other students that attend?

The program allows for students aged between 11 years old and 17 years old to attend. The most common age range is between 13 - 15 years old.

Students that are slightly older, aged 16 - 17 are normally attending our program to complete their Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - which means they have to meet a few set criteria and make the most out of their program to complete their award component.

Parents are encouraged to discuss their child's age and needs with our staff. In some circumstances, students aged 10 years old* may attend, pending their experience with travel, school camps and parent permission and advice.

Are you equipped to handle my child’s medical requirements?

OutBeyond has an inclusive model for all camper medical requirements, however we are limited in some instances in the service we can provide for some high-dependency medical and physical requirements. We do our very best to tailor experiences if needed, a conversation with our Operations staff will be required in these instances. For all medical requirements, you must fully disclose your camper’s medical requirements and provide our team with your medical management plan, medication and any other items we may need in order for our staff to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience.

Can I hear from other parents who have sent their children on your camps?

Head over to our volunteer page or book a family adventure with us!

Can you cater to my child’s dietary needs?

Great question. We are glad you asked. Yes, of course we deal with varied dietary requirements / restrictions and enjoy supporting and providing parents and students with peace of mind. Food is one of the most important factors of camp enjoyment.

Just notify us of the dietary requirements and we will ensure that they are met.

What kind of food will they eat?

We are passionate about healthy eating and positive nutrition for children. We have adopted the principles of the Healthy Eating Association. We believe in food provenance and educating children on where their food comes from. Local produce and eating local has many broader community benefits.

Students will eat 3 meals per day, with plenty of fresh snacks for morning and afternoon tea.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Program Planning. Pre-departure workshop Day 0

Students are invited to complete a 10 minute “pre-camp planning form” on their own to allow them to transport their thinking to their camp program. Questions are asked that promote student-led investigation into a number of areas, including the season, destination, modes of transportation, natural terrain, environmental impact, itinerary management, teamwork and much more. Upon arrival at camp, students will bring their ideas together in group discussions with their new team members, where they will come up with a BHAG (team goal) for the week to aim for positive change, in whatever area in which they choose.

Team Challenge and Introduction to Melbourne Day 1

Joining the camp at Southern Cross station, the team will depart for the team accommodation and begin their experience. Utilisiing the public transport system and navigating through the city are part of the team challenge that together will make the program successful. The exploration begins with an Amazing Race style program through the CBD!

Rock climbing Adventures and Melbourne Water community service program Day 2

Waking up in the City, the team will be giving back to the community through OutBeyonds community service program. After a team cooked breakfast at the camp, students will be spending the morning building their confidence and team work through our Rock Climbing Activity. In the afternoon students will take part in one of our community service programs, in partnership with Melbourne Water students will learn hands-on about the 242 km long Yarra river (Birrarung), and this major waterway and how it contributes to the sustainability of Melbourne city. Students will contribute to the community through the revegetation and preservation of this incredible natural asset. In the evening students will spend their first night in tents!

Indigenous culture and Yarra river kayaking journey Day 3

Students will wake up in their tents, before preparing breakfast for the team around a warm campfire. Today, they will have the special opportunity of taking part in a two-stage workshop with local Wurundjeri representatives, where students will be welcomed onto the land and learn about indigenous culture through song, art, performance activities and dance. Keeping in line with the oral tradition, activities will involve underlying elements of deep thinking, sharing, reflection and story-telling whilst structured activities such as boomerang painting, bush tucker walks, nature appreciation and conservation of the land aim to achieve educational outcomes– following the laws of Bunjil. After a BBQ lunch on the Yarra River, students will take to the upper sections of the Yarra river and participate in a kayaking journey and adventure activity. Students will paddle down river and arrive at their campsite, before cooking an outdoor camp meal using the ingredients they purchased. Evening reflection on the day around the campfire, brush teeth, lights out and bed.

City Sporting Centre day with a fun cycling journey along the Yarra River, Ice Skating fun Day 4

After breakfast, students will prepare for their day of structured adventurous activities and tours of Melbourne major sporting precincts. Students will cycle along the Yarra river and arrive at Melbourne’s Sporting Precinct, where they will get the opportunity to visit the MCG, sporting museum and the Rod Laver Arena. Learning about Melbourne’s major sporting infrastructure, students will continue to cycle along the Yarra river to Federation Square for lunch. Using the team budget, students will choose what they have for lunch. After lunch students will use public transport to travel to Docklands where they will visit Etihad stadium and the Southern Cross train station. In the afternoon, students will explore Harbour Town, Docklands and go ice-skating in Icehouse. Students will travel back to camp, before settling in for some night activities.

Bounce Trampoline Park and Melbourne City Cultural experience Day 5

Waking up at camp, students will travel to the city to enjoy a morning fitness session at the Bounce trampoline park. Continuing on to Melbourne Central Station, students will be preparing their group presentations of Melbourne City and what they most love about this city, and how we should share it with the world. In the late afternoon, before our final nights presentation dinner, students will be given the opportunity to go Ten Pin Bowling. At dinner students will pitch their ideas to the Melbourne City entrepreneur council members, on how we could improve the city, and make it more desirable to international travelers. After the award ceremony, the student leaders will recap on the week and reflect on the program.

Queen Victoria Market for morning tea, and going home day Day 6

After breakfast, students will walk to Queen Victoria Market and have the opportunity to experience local food and produce for morning tea. Students will depart the market and return to Southern Cross Train Station arriving in the afternoon. Parents and students will be reunited, and OB staff will provide a farewell to our students at the Southern Cross Train Station in Melbourne CBD.

Location

What they say...

We had to navigate our way around Melbourne using the public transport available to us. The instructors let us make the decisions which was really fun!
Matt
Year 9 Student
Duke of Ed
I learnt about the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Remberence Shrine as part of our ANZAC class
Lucy
Year 7 student
The OB staff helped us create the program for our students, and made it easy for the teachers to enjoy seeing their children experience Melbourne and learn new things
Lisa
Year Level Coordinator

Melbourne City Urban Experience

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