Activities

Coastal Walking

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Point Nepean Education

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Flying Fox

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Tree Adventures Activity

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Rock Pool Rambling

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Maritime History

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Tree Surfing Adventures

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Activity Safety Briefings

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Introduction

The Mornington Peninsula Coastal Discovery program will see the group travel only a short distance from the city but arrive in a totally new and unique environment. With OutBeyond's Leadership and Development Program, campers will have the opportunity to take part in some amazing adventure activities, develop new camp skills, be part of team challenges, games & performances, make new friends and build on life skills in the outdoors! Snorkelling, surfing, hiking and sea kayaking are just some of the highlights on the itinerary and will give the team a chance to push themselves in a safe and accepting environment. Suitable for all Duke of Edinburgh levels, the camp is open to all keen campers and, as an introductory experience for people new to camp life, it is also a great program. Our coastal camps over the summer are the some of our favourite camps and we hope to have you or your camper along!


Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 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.).

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Welcome to OB - Depart for Mornington Peninsula Day 1

Participants will meet in Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, make introductions to the team and make their way by bus to Hastings with their OB leaders. Students will plan their food and equipment purchases required for the week at the Hastings supermarkets and shop for them with the TEAM BUDGET. Arriving at our Campsite, the team will set up camp and have the chance to join in some team challenges and games, building the team’s confidence before we settle into a camp dinner. Campfires and stargazing before bed as the team has a big week ahead.

Explore the Sea, Protect the Sea Day 2

Waking up in our Mornington Peninsula campsite, the team is only a stone’s throw from the beautiful Pt. Leo beach. The team will take part in a Sea-Kayak session along the Mornington coastline in double kayaks, exploring the unique environment and having some team challenges along the way. Arriving back, we will show our appreciation for the awesome coast by taking part in a coastal landcare project, being able to give back to the coastline we appreciate is important. Night 2 camping and the team will put together a great camp dinner using all the camp cooking equipment on hand.

Exploring National Parks and Indigenous History Day 3

Today we explore the network of National Parks on the Mornington Peninsula. Short hikes and walks are all over the peninsula and will lead the group to some amazing places. Through these hikes, we gain an appreciation of Mornington’s past as a natural environment, so our Indigenous Interpretation session with local community members will be even more meaningful. Learning about the Indigenous history and bush food/medicine will be a great experience. Night 3 camping in the National Park will see the group learning and telling stories by campfire, the way we have learnt from the day’s activities.

Lighthouse History and World-Class Surfing! Day 4

Cape Schanck is a very significant lighthouse in Australian Maritime History which our team will get to explore at the lighthouse precinct. Here they will walk along the cliffs and down to the rocky platforms where they can view the unique marine life of the intertidal zones. From there, we travel to one of Mornington’s famous Surf Beaches for a Surf lesson with local professional guides. Full safety briefings and equipment are provided for the activity and this is a great chance to challenge the group. Returning to our Accommodation in the Mornington hills, the team can rest up and enjoy the views.

Hiking and Snorkelling Pt. Nepean Day 5

The team will travel to Pt. Nepean National Park where they will explore by land and sea! The Pt. Nepean National Park is home to the old Fort Nepean which was Melbourne’s military fort from the 1st World War. Exploring the bunkers, grounds and coastline of the area is amazing. From there, the group will head to a nearby beach on the Port Phillip side of the peninsula for a Snorkelling Activity. The bay is home to all sorts of sea life and snorkelling in the summer is a great chance to see some of the most famous marine residents! Our final night will see an opportunity for the campers to present their experiences to the group and take part in the awards and celebration dinner.

Camp Activities and Reflection, Return to Melbourne Day 6

Campers will wake up on the last day of the program to a nice warm breakfast, take some time to pack their belongings and prepare to depart for Melbourne. The mornings activities at camp will be a good chance for the team to present their challenges and new skills they have developed over the week. A fun engaging session before they travel by bus back to Melbourne for pick up at Southern Cross Station. A great camp had by all and campers can connect with their new mates on the next one!

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What they say...

My experience with OutBeyond was great, the staff and students are all amazing and I would highly recommend this camp. My favourite activity was kayaking.
Alex
D
Student
Wellington College
My daughter has come a long way, attending 2 camps with you guys this year, I can see her confidence has improved and she wants to attend your camps in September
Bindi
Parent
My son enjoyed this camp much more than the YMCA camps he has been on
Genevieve
Kavenagh
Parent
The staff were very accommodating of our needs and our busy schedule. We picked our kids up from a more convenient location and they were so excited after a week long camp
Petrina
Hollins
Parent

Mornington Peninsula Coastal Discovery Camp

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