Camps & Outdoor

Experiences for Every Student

Exploring an arid zone with camels is an unforgettable learning experience, which for many students can be a challenging adventure fostering the development of independence and resilience.

Located in the visually stunning desert landscape and sand dunes of the Far North Flinders Ranges, contrasted between ranges and the starkness of Lake Torrens, the second largest salt lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Here students can develop personal skills and qualities beyond those possible on any other outdoor camp.

 

These camps are particularly unique for combining the outdoors with animal husbandry, and almost all students are eager to be involved. Many students with spectrum challenges blossom whilst caring for, and interacting with the camels.

Camel staff provide occasions for students to rotate camping overnight with the camels, along with many opportunities which expose students to intellectual, physical and emotional challenges under demanding arid zone environmental conditions.

 

We have witnessed students unearth personal strengths, develop confidence and learn the value of co-operation. It is our aim to awaken a belief in every student that they can overcome obstacles and hurdles encountered throughout the camp, and beyond as they journey through life.

Students are taught about resilience, gratitude and mindfulness. They are also involved in creating a community spirit of optimism and team work, recognising and analysing their own and others' strengths.

Educate Outside

One of our teams' annual highlights is welcoming and supporting visiting teachers and students on camp. We believe there are many positives for students spending time in an outdoor environment. Skills such as creative problem solving and negotiating risk are encountered and these milestones are important for adolescent development.

 

We have found maximum success through working cooperatively and closely with teachers on camp, sharing a commitment to regular open communication. We welcome daily revision of objectives, taking the student group as a whole into consideration, as well as individual students. Our role is to support teachers and facilitate unforgettable school group journeys.

 

Our team are expected to maintain a professional and positive approach during school camps. The unpredictability of the great outdoors has created a very flexible and resourceful mind set in many of them. They have specific training to ensure the camel related activities and objectives are fulfilled in a safe and constructive manner. Some of the team also assist at meals times and with camp pack up and set up.

 

Camps have a strong journey-based focus, traversing landscapes during the day with every night spent at a new campsite. Team work between our staff and teachers supporting students to be as actively involved as possible is ideal. In moments when all activities we have scheduled are completed we appreciate teachers using this time to complete personal journals and any other activity teachers would like completed during camp.

 

During the camp -

 

  • Facilitation of the overall camel and camping experience in collaboration with the school teacher staff

  • Prepare, brief, deliver, supervise and debrief all the practical camel related activities, daily transition between campsites

  • Support allocation of student participation groups - cooking, pack-up, lunches, navigation team, camel husbandry group etc.

  • Ensure all safety standards are met during the camel and camping experiences

  • Ensure smooth logistical operation of the experience including mapping from one campsite location to the next

  • Liaise with teachers to receive and provide feedback on how the camp is running and what we can do as a team to improve

  • Work in conjunction with teachers to ensure behavioural standards and camp safety guidelines are understood and respected

  • Ideally key camel staff meet with teachers every morning and evening to participate in short briefings and debriefings. This ensures we are all clear on the days progress of the camp, as well as keeping abreast of any issues or concerns, and are able to address, clarify, or make any changes deemed necessary to the proposed schedule

  • Camel staff provide supervision during the movement between camps and all camel related activities. It is our hope that students avoid, as much as possible periods of idol free time. We call upon teachers support before breakfast, during meal times, between meal times and activity times, free time in the afternoon, after dinner (e.g. night activities) and during the night. We welcome working collaboratively which allows all adults opportunities to enjoy camp

  • Operating in a remote location we place a lot of emphasis on students being supervised at all times, and encourage regular head counts of students throughout the day and night. Head counts frequently double as hydration breaks

  • Our team supports teachers providing discipline and behaviour management according to their schools guidelines. Additionally our team may seek teacher support in order to implement basic strategies for behaviour management and discipline that allow us to operate safely and optimally with the focus on students obtaining the most from their camp journey.

Camps Vary

AFGHAN STYLE CAMEL TREKS

  • Best suited to Years 9 - 11

  • High degree of hands on animal husbandry

  • Non riding - students load equipment on camel pack saddles

  • Walking more kilometers than other camp groups

  • Most popular with secondary boys groups

  • Focus on creating high degree of independence and team responsibility

  • Typical camp duration 5 - 11 days

 

TREKKING with Focused Activity Groups

  • Suited to Years 7 - 10

  • Encompassing animal husbandry, navigation, camp-site set-up, and cooking

  • Riding and overnight camping with camels in rotational groups

  • Walking an average of 8 - 10 - 15 kilometers depending on student ages & weather

  • Most popular style of camp

  • Focus on building team work and independent resilience

Typical camp duration 5 - 7 days

 

PHOTOGRAPHY & ASTRONOMY THEMED CAMEL TREK

  • Suited to Years 8 - 10

  • Encompassing focused study of photography and astronomy, camping and cooking

  • Riding and often staying at a dedicated base camp

  • Walking an average of 5 - 8 kilometers depending on student ages & weather

  • Most popular with secondary girls schools

  • Focus on studying the Art of Photography and evening Astronomy lessons

  • These camps require scheduling outside of the full moon

  • Typical camp duration 4 - 5 days

 

Early Morning

Example schedule - TREKKING with Focused Activity Groups - Most popular camp

We encourage teachers to prearrange 4 student groups with 2 rotating team leaders per group prior to arrival at camp. These working groups will cycle through days in one of the below activities. The aim of the camp is to have student groups facilitating their own journey as much as practically possible. With supportive supervision and a commitment to organization, students can be the leaders of many aspects of their camp, acting as time keepers, navigators, chefs and campsite creators. Wherever appropriate students are encouraged to take responsibility for the tasks in their daily activity brief.

 

  • On the first evening students are briefed to remain in their swags until informed to rise by a teacher at the specified time; other than to use a toilet tent or obtain drinking water no unsupervised exploration is permitted

  • Once advised to rise students will commence pack up. Staff and teachers will ask students to check their swags are not damp so as to avoid rolling them up and wetting bedding. If swags are wet/ damp students can zip up the external canvas layer and turn swags to face the sun in order to encourage drying

  • If swags are dry they can be immediately rolled, secured with straps & carried to the appropriate trailer prior to breakfast

 

Below and in following pages is a general, brief outline of student activity groups during camp -

 

A. 'The Breakfast - Navigation - Damper Makers - Overnight camping with Camels Group'

  • Rise 30 minutes earlier than other groups

  • Breakfast preparations, setting up breakfast selection table

  • Creation of large fruit salad bowl, scrambled eggs, and warming breakfast wrap breads

  • Preparing dishwashing tubs and waste bags

  • Packing away breakfast supplies

  • Washing any necessary dishes

 

B. 'The Cameleers -Evening Meal Group'

  • Rise early with staff Cameleers

  • This group will have slept overnight with the cameleers and will be either shepherding the camels or feeding them hay

  • They will pack their bags and swags and join breakfast when it is ready

  • The cameleers are ideally the first group to eat breakfast, prepare their lunch wrap and fill drink water bottles to capacity

  • Cameleers will return to the camels post breakfast & lunch preparations to commence / continue grooming and saddling

  • Cameleers group is the first group to ride camels; riding is not considered compulsory. Students can opt to lead certain camels under staff supervision or walk alongside the camels performing tasks as a junior cameleer under instruction

 

C. 'The Lunch - Evening Meal Group'

  • Following rolling of swag and carrying to appropriate trailer, this group will immediately commence lunch preparations of assorted wraps, dressings, filling/ toppings

  • If necessary this group will top up lunch options if they run low e.g. chopping more lettuce, cutting more tomatoes, grating carrots, cheese etc.

 

D. 'Outback Explorers - Camp Creators - Evening Dessert'

  • Outback Explorers are in charge of checking the toilet tents upon rising and stocking additional supplies if required

  • Following swag pack-up, breakfast and personal luggage pack- up, 'Outback Explorers' oversee pack up of campsite, swags and students luggage into trailers, and dismantling of toilet tents

  • Perform a clean sweep of the area making sure all rubbish is placed inside garbage bags

Morning

Following breakfast and making lunch wraps students check their day bags are prepared

 

A. 'The Breakfast - Navigation - Damper Makers - Overnight camping with Camels Group'

  • Select 2 student team leaders who will act as primary navigators using a GPS Handset as well as compasses

  • One team leader will carry a UHF handset in order to be in communications with staff

  • Collect navigation compasses, GPS, UHF and prepare for briefing with staff

  • Pack a small note pad to record any animal tracks, scats and anything of significance including flora and fauna

 

B. 'The Cameleers - Evening Meal Group'

  • Once this group has completed camel husbandry tasks we depart for the next campsite traversing landscapes, navigating the best path for the camels and riders. Camels need to walk in a manner which we refer to as contouring. We avoid walking straight up and down a sand dune. Instead we walk up the west side of the dune facing south and descend the east side of the dune facing north. We will explain to students why, along with a lot of early explorer ways of working with camels.

  • Pack a small note pad to record any animal tracks, scats and anything of significance including flora and fauna

 

C. 'The Lunch - Evening Meal Group'

  • Helmet fitting for riding after lunch - to be supervised by a teacher

  • Pack a small note pad to record any animal tracks, scats and anything of significance including flora and fauna

 

D. 'Outback Explorers - Camp Creators Group - Evening Dessert'

  • Select 2 student team leaders who will act as primary navigators using a GPS Handset as well as compasses

  • One team leader will carry a UHF handset in order to be in communications with staff

  • Collect navigation compasses, GPS, UHF and prepare for briefing with staff

  • Pack a small note pad to record any animal tracks, scats and anything of significance including flora and fauna

 

Once all of the above tasks have been completed we request teachers supervise students until we are ready for departure which is dependent on The Cameleers group completing camel husbandry tasks. Please check all students have packed their lunches, fruit, muesli bars and water bottles or bladders are filled to capacity inside their day backpacks.

Lunch - Afternoon - Evening

A. 'The Breakfast - Navigation - Damper Makers - Overnight camping with Camels Group'

  • Student team leaders set regular hydration breaks and calculate the halfway point in order to schedule a lunch stop

  • On arrival into camp students collect firewood

  • Check that sufficient wood has been collected as damper breads and cakes require coals in order to bake

  • Set aside a pile of firewood for evening campfire circle and breakfast cooking

  • Select site for cooking and light fires with staff and teacher observation

  • Select site for shared evening fire, set up chairs creating a camp fire circle for the entire class

  • Cake and or Damper preparation and cooking

  • The day concludes with a campfire circle gathering and teacher led activities

  • This group does not set up swags with other students - they will be camped overnight with the staff cameleers and camels

  • This group will rise with staff cameleers and becomes tomorrows 'Cameleers - Evening Meal Group'

 

 

B. 'The Cameleers - Evening Meal Group'

  • Following the lunch break, this group will remain walking with the camels, recording any animal tracks, scats and anything of significance on the way to the next campsite

  • During their walk they will be asked to think about presenting something about their experience of sleeping with the camels overnight, brushing, saddling and riding until lunch at the evening campfire.

  • Interested students may be able to lead certain camels under supervision, terrain dependent

  • On arrival into camp this group will wash hands and commence creating the evening meal

  • The day concludes with a campfire circle gathering and teacher led activities

  • Lights out and silence is at the discretion of teachers - as is the chosen time for advising students to rise

 

 

C. 'The Lunch - Evening Meal Group'

  • Following the lunch break, this group will ride the camels

  • On arrival into camp this group will wash hands and commence creating the evening meal

  • The day concludes with a campfire circle gathering and teacher led activities

  • Lights out and silence is at the discretion of teachers - as is the chosen time for advising students to rise

 

 

D. 'Outback Explorers - Camp Creators - Evening Dessert'

  • Student team leaders set regular hydration breaks and calculate the halfway point in order to schedule a lunch stop

  • Upon arrival into camp this group selects the best location for swags in relation to the allocation of a cooking area, campfires, group circle fire, toilet tents, camels and a vehicle exit and entry point

  • Select toilet tent area, dig deep hole per tent, erect toilet tents, securely pegged into ground, place toilet provisions inside

  • Once main meals and salads are prepared - this group can prepare the evening dessert

  • The day concludes with a campfire circle gathering and teacher led activities

  • Lights out and silence is at the discretion of teachers - as is the chosen time for advising students to rise

Return Charters

Affordable and comfortable return coach transfers directly from your school in S.A., Victoria or N.S.W. to our school camp starting location in the Far North Flinders Ranges of South Australia are easily arranged with Genesis Tour & Charter. Genesis offers a return pick-up service for interstate and intrastate schools. Many of the schools we currently host annually opt for return charters from Adelaide City airport.

 

Booking a return bus transfer is easy, call Alan and the driving team on (+61)8 8552 4000 or (+61)428552700 to book your seat, or email: genesis@genesistransport.com.au

web site: http://genesistransport.com.au/flinders-bus-service/

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