Activities

Camping

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Open Fire Camp Cooking

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Camping under the stars

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Bushfood Education

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Sunrise / Sunset Adventures

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Camping

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Orienteering & Navigation

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Sea Kayak Voyaging

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Surfing

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Introduction

OutBeyond invites you to take part in our April School Holiday camp as we journey through the incredibly picturesque Ben Boyd National Park!

This South East NSW Holiday Camp is suited to participants undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh award.  As an Registered Award Provider, this camp meets both residential and adventurous journey criteria for Bronze, Silver and Gold participants.  

The Light to Light walk, located far south on the Sapphire Coast of the beautiful Ben Boyd National Park is a coastline journey between two historically significant landmarks - Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation.  One of the more picturesque hike destinations in the country, it offers stunning and always changing views of the local flora and fauna.  Being on the coastline, there is ample opportunity to spot seals, seabirds and whales (depending on time of year).  You may even get the chance to see lyrebirds performing their incredible dance and tail display!

Embarking on this multi-day, self-guided hike provides participants opportunities for a challenging, yet rewarding hike, filled with adventurous activities ranging from snorkeling, surfing kayaking and rock-climbing, as well as hands on learning opportunities of its significance in Aboriginal cultural heritage.

With OutBeyond’s tailored Leadership Development Program, participants will take on active roles throughout the camp and each get a chance to lead the group in different areas of the hike.


Frequently Asked Questions

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".

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 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 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.

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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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 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

Day 01 Drive to Eden, Overnight Accommodation Day 1

After meeting your OutBeyond team leaders and the rest of the group, we will begin our long day of travel to the starting point for our fantastic hiking camp, Eden. We’ll spend the day driving by mingling with our new friends on the bus and enjoying some nice breaks for lunch and a stretch along the way! We will spend the first night preparing for our journey!

Day 02 Boyd Tower loop and hike to Mowarry Point Walkin Campsite Day 2

Today’s journey involves a 7km hike to Mowarry Point Campsite. We will stop along the way at Leatherjacket Bay where we can enjoy a refreshing swim and lunch. Mowarry Point Campsite is a remote campsite with access via walking in only, so all relevant gear will need to be carried in and out - including water! Student’s are permitted to fish if they would like, as long as proper licenses are obtained prior to camp.

Day 03 hike to Saltwater Creek Campsite - Set up camp - Leadership & Team-building Day 3

Today we will commence a shorter hike to Saltwater Creek Campsite. Saltwater Creek Campsite is located on the ocean’s edge in a peaceful lagoon with wildlife aplenty. Here we will set up camp for the next 2 nights and have lunch. Following eating, we will enjoy some team building and leadership development activities. Participants will have the ability to swim at the beach should they chose. Participants are permitted to fish if they would like, as long as proper licenses are obtained prior to camp.

Day 04 Hike to Bittangabee Campground Day 4

Today involves a near 10km long hike to Bittangabee Campground. This section of the walk is truly magical, with stunning close-to-coastline tracks and overgrown tea-trees creating protected walking paths. Once we arrive at Bittangabee Campground we will set up camp and undertake some student-led initiatives. Participants are permitted to fish if they would like, as long as proper licenses are obtained prior to camp.

Day 05 Base Camp Adventurous Activity Rotations Day 5

Today we will base ourselves at Bittangabee Campground and undertake a range of adventurous activities on a rotation basis. Group will be broken into smaller groups to allow for participants to undertake each of the activities on offer today! Participants are permitted to fish if they would like, as long as proper licenses are obtained prior to camp.

Day 06 - Final Day of Hiking to Green Cape Lighthouse Day 6

The final day of hiking sees us make our way from Bittangabee Campground to Green Cape Lighthouse. Upon arrival at our destination we will be welcomed with some of the Sapphire Coast’s most stunning views! Participants will be treated to a delicious warm meal upon arrival to celebrate the journey they have made and reward their efforts! Participants will work in teams to create a presentation that will be performed to the entire group after dinner.

Day 07 - Return to Melbourne Day 7

Participants will again settle in for the long drive back to Melbourne. This time is usually used for catching up on some well-earned rest, as there will be many exhausted campers!

Location

What they say...

I loved the surfing activity the best. The instructors were good at making me feel confident and safe. The water was so nice!
Daniel
Student
Holiday Camp
My daughter applied as an individual participant, not knowing anyone else, the staff made sure of a fantastic experience
Diana
Hill
Parent
I've had outdoor experiences with other UK organisations myself, and its a great way for children to develop life skills
Gina
Filipeto
Parent
Ned came home happier than he left, he loved this camp more than any other Holiday Camp he had been on in the past
Genevieve
Kavenagh
Parent
My girls were much younger than the other students, but they had a great time and got along well with the other students thanks to the leaders
Min
Chen
Parent

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