Have you ever attended a school camp and you left tired with a smile, but that’s as far as it went?
At Adventure Alternatives, each of our camp programs have been mapped to the National Curriculum. From the General Capabilities to the Subjects, Strands & our specific Elaborations of how we apply the curriculum to our camps. By taking part in our outdoor education programs you and your students will have fun while maximising learning opportunities to provide long-term classroom results.
As you’d know, the most successful learning is based on a sound foundation and then a scaffolding approach. We do the same thing by providing programming that is sequential and strategic to ensure each school camp meets the needs of the each participant’s stage of development, age appropriateness of activities and group readiness. We then prescribe the most appropriate activities, challenges and adventures. Participants don’t get bored, they don’t burn out or have a mis-adventure from undertaking adventurous activities that are beyond their mental or physical ability. Students will be surrounded by a safe uplifting environment and one that’s sure to stretch their thinking and fast track their learning.
Ever wondered how to manage 25 to 30 students outdoors and everyone still gets a turn in the activity? It doesn’t work! That is why we run group ratios of 15 to 18 students in each camp 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 and school budgets. We also ensure the group has the same instructor for the entire camp. Small group ratios and having a consistent instructor ensures students are actively participating, engaged and have maximum potential to succeed. It also ensures that we meet the Australian Activity Standards and the safety of your students is not compromised.
Ever felt that camp was centred around eating and activities were just there to fill in time to the next meal. Ever felt like you just needed a little bit more time to enable introverted students to step up or enough time for the group to truly bond. At Adventure Alternatives we ensure we have long activity timeframes of 4 hours that allows 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 the 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. Past experience shows long activity times creates space for going deeper into an activity to extract all positive outcomes individually and collectively as a team.
We understand that schools don’t want to share facilities with other schools. Mixing genders, different age levels and school values/beliefs are not in the best interest of a positive camp experience. It can be disruptive and breaks down the cohesion and sense of community. That is why when you are with us you have exclusive use of our centre 24 hours a day for only your school because we care about you achieving the outcomes you have set for your camp.
“Thanks to my instructor for a wonderful camp. Her final session with the girls led to some insightful comments from the girls which were a tribute to the trust and space that she developed with the group. I was really encouraged that the girls reflected deeply on the Solo today and with much more appreciation of that experience. It was good to have an opportunity to say more and a space to do this more deeply. I also really appreciated how my instructor and I were able to work together with the girls and that our goals for the rite journey aligned so well with the camp goals. Make sure that Director sees the card that the girls wrote you!!
Our instructor was a very easy person to work with. She was professional at all times. Thank You! It’s always a pleasure to have a week away with Adventure Alternatives. ”
Kirsten Zweck, Teacher, Year 9 Camp
Immanuel Lutheran College
“Tailored the camp very well to suit the needs of staff and students. Activities were engaging and educational. Provided excellent facilities. Delivered a quality program that students enjoyed as well as meeting curriculum needs.”
Allison Robertson, Year 7 Coordinator
Moreton Bay College
“Thanks for another great camp experience for our girls. I look forward to having Year 7, 8 and 9’s flow through and watch them grow.”
Annette Butterworth, Deputy Principal
Mount Alvernia College
“A fabulous camp that exceeded my expectations. I found it personally rewarding and I know the girls did too.”
Teacher, Year 9 Camp
“Our Instructor built great rapport with his group and had learned how each of them worked in part of a group. The activities were matched well to the ages of the boys and the meals were enjoyable- some of the best camp food I have ever had. ”
Arran Montgomery, Teacher, Year 10 Camp
Moreton Bay Boys College