We also deliver outdoor education programs at a number of other locations such as Maleny, Kilcoy, Conondale, Noosa, Blackall Range, and Glasshouse Mountains to name a few. These may be centre-based programs or expedition programs or a combination of the two. For more information check out our Locations page or feel free to drop us a message.
We deliver School Camps. Primarily these are run over a 1, 3 or 5 day duration with either a Centre-based program or an Expedition Style journey. We have run a huge variety of programs since we started back in 2000 and can tailor any program to suit your desired outcomes.
We run group ratios of 15 to 18 students in each group with an instructor and a teacher from your school. This group ratio enables a safe, enjoyable and practical balance between the management of group condition, behaviour, readiness, goals and school budgets. If there is any fewer than 15, safety and burn-out are an issue with any more than 18, the social cohesion of the group starts to break down (the ‘Tipping Point’ has been reached) and again safety becomes more difficult to manage.
All our meals are fresh, wholesome foods that have been sourced from local providers and cooked onsite or cooked by the students under supervision. Breakfast consists of cereal and a hot meal such as eggs on toast. Morning Tea consists of a piece of fruit such as an apple/mandarin or orange and savoury crackers with spread. Lunch is cold meat and salad sandwiches or wraps. Afternoon tea is a piece of fruit and sweet biscults. While dinner consists of meals which are traditional home style cooking that students will see as comfort food while still supporting all their nutritional needs such as spaghetti bolognese with fruit salad and custard for dessert. If you are keen to see an example menu, please contact us for a copy. If your child has food allergies, please see our FAQ on allergies.
Todd Samorowski is the Founder and Managing Director of Adventure Alternatives, which was established in 2000. Todd has a Bachelor of Arts in Leisure Management from Griffith University and has over 16 years experience in the Outdoor Education Industry. He has been a board member of the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation for 5 years and the President for 3 years.
We have long activity timeframes of 4 hours that allow ample time to enable the group to brief the activity, experience it and debrief the activity to extract the important aspects of why students undertake an activity and what learnings they can take to school, home and life. The activities chosen for each program are used as a tool to get to the “why” and not just as an adventure activity in its own right.
Nuts: All of our camp menus are nut free – both tree nuts and ground nuts.
Gluten Intolerance: All breads, wraps, pasta, biscuits and cereals are replaced with gluten free options. We always have gluten-free ice-cream, bread, pasta, biscuits, crackers, mayo and sauces.
Celiac Disease: As well as the measures taken similar for gluten intolerance, we also take this a step further to ensure no cross contamination and ensure that all of the spreads, sauces, dressings and celiac specific food items are provided. As all of our meals are made on-site, with very little pre-packaged foods used we know exactly what goes into our meals.
Dairy or Lactose Intolerance: Milk is replaced with soy, rice, or Zymil options and ice-cream, custard, cream and cheese are left out of the meal. In some cases, a different dessert option is provided when a suitable alternative is not available e.g. cake (with milk solids) and custard is replaced with jelly.
Preservatives: As allergies to, preservatives are very specific. If you let us know which preservative you are allergic to, we will review each meal and ingredient to ensure it is not present or we will provide you with an alternative.
If your child has multiple food allergies or an unusual allergy, please let us know on your Medical/Dietary Form so that we can find the right solution for you. In the worst case scenario, we may ask you to supply some meals.
If your child cannot swim or is a poor swimmer, please let us know on your Medical/Dietary Form. We will review your specific camp timetable and see if this poses any risk in the type of activities your child will be doing on camp. For activities such as raft building all students wear a PFD. On rare occasions, where swimming, or participating on a waterslide, or a deep water crossings are part of the program, your child can wear a PFD or participate in the activity to a depth they are comfortable with. The instructor and the teacher present with your child’s group will be aware of your child’s swimming ability and will monitor and assist your child as needed. Your child’s swimming ability will not prevent him or her attending camp and having an awesome time.
If you know that your child’s camp does involve bike riding and you want them to be involved, we highly recommend that you take the time to teach your child to learn how to ride before coming on camp as it will make their camp experience much more rewarding. As a guide, your child should be able to ride unaided for approximately 5km.
We have children of all different abilities attending camp. Please let us know any existing injuries or disabilities that may influence your child’s ability to undertake certain activities on your Medical/Dietary Form. We will review the information you have supplied and may seek further clarification if needed with either the Teacher at the School who is organising camp or by emailing or phoning you. Most activities can be run for any ability or, if required, altered to suit the individual. We have had children attending camp who are blind, deaf, have cerebral palsy, autistic, spinal issues, broken body parts and the list goes on. There are numerous ways these children can still attend camp and have an awesome time with their friends.
1 in 4 girls will have their menstrual period on camp. It is very common and can easily be managed by the child and if required, with assistance from their instructor or teacher with their group. Access to toilets is provided everyday and, whilst on a centre-based camp, showers are also available everyday. If your child runs out, forgets or suddenly has her period, feminine hygiene items are carried at all times by the instructor in the group’s toileting kit, together with brown paper bags and plastic snap-lock bags for easy and discrete disposal. If your child is on an expedition camp and showers are not supplied everyday, she may choose to bring baby wipes (or similar) to maintain hygiene. If pain or cramping is an issue, nurofen and panadol are available from the school’s teachers, given you have authorised the school to allow them to be given in your Medical/Dietary Form. There is no need for your child to miss out on an awesome experience of attending camp just because she has her period. She wouldn’t stop going to school, playing sport or going out with friends or family, so why miss out on camp? It will build her resilience and she can feel comfort in knowing that 25% of her other girlfriends on camp are also in the same position.
Should your child get sick during camp they will be assessed by the instructor and teacher of the group as to whether or not they will remain with the group or whether they will be taken to the base camp. Their condition will be monitored and if, after appropriate first aid, medication and/or rest, a decision will be made whether or not they can continue on camp or if they will need to go home. You will be contacted to advise of the situation and what decision has been made.
If your child is injured during camp, we will implement our Incident and Emergency Response Procedure. Firstly, the instructor will administer first aid and decide whether or not the child needs any further medical attention. If so, depending on the urgency, the camp teacher will take them to see a local doctor or they will be taken by the teacher or ambulance to the local hospital. As per the school’s reporting procedures, you will be notified of the incident and kept informed of any outcomes as they arise. Depending on the incident and the severity of the injury, the teacher, instructor and Operations Manager will decide if the child is able to return to camp. If not, arrangements will be made to reunite you with your child.
Quality programs and safety procedures are paramount to the operations of Adventure Alternatives. There are a range of risk identification, assessment and reduction measures implemented on our programs together with safety procedures, staff training and equipment selection, inspection and maintenance that make up our sound and effective Risk Management Plan. If you would like to discuss any specific concerns, please contact us.
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