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High School Outdoor Education and Camps Programs

Use the quick links below to go navigate to the year camps:

Year 7 – Horse Riding and Bushwalking
Year 8 – Hike, Row, Climb and Ride Camping Expedition
Year 9 – Sailing and Beach Hike
Year 10 – The Urban Experience: Melbourne
Year 11 – Outback Adventure Carnavon Gorge or Kakadu

Goals and Objectives

  • To introduce each student to a variety of outdoor activities
  • To provide instruction in the safe and proper means of participating in these activities
  • To help students develop a greater understanding of the natural world
  • To provide positive personal growth experiences that help students develop beneficial character traits

Education for Sustainability

Education about the natural environment and sustainability are fundamental components of the Cape Byron Outdoor Education and Camping Program. We believe that students understand how the natural environment has an impact on their daily lives, and in turn, what kind of impact their daily lives have on the environment. We provide students with opportunities to learn about the functioning of natural systems, identify their beliefs and opinions, consider a range of views, and ultimately make informed and responsible decisions.


Character Development

The underlying purpose of the Cape Byron Outdoor Education and Camping Program is to provide experiences that help students learn about themselves. To create a physical and social environment that supports the development of positive character traits such as:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Consideration
  • Independence
  • Self confidence
  • Openness to new experiences
  • Helpfulness
  • Self-discipline
  • Enthusiasm
  • Courage
  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Creativity
  • Concern for health safety and fitness

Camps Program

Year 7 – Horse Riding and Bushwalking

Students at this age become very focused on the outside world whilst at the same time going through physical and psychological changes which leave them with a certain inner insecurity. As such this camp gives them an opportunity to have their inner self meet the outer world. This age needs firmness and control but also freedom.

The activities on this camp allows for both elements, control and freedom. The riding of a horse requires a firmness and control and the students are given direction in this skill. They are encouraged and educated regarding the need for inner firmness and control and this to be then transposed through their being with the firm handling of their mount. There is a need for mutual respect and cooperation between horse and rider to achieve a common goal. The environment in which the riding takes place gives the students a sense of freedom. The 100’s of acres over which the students ride provide them the opportunity to reconcile control with freedom.


Year 8 – Hike, Row, Climb and Ride Camping Expedition

The year 8 child is now at the point where the physical and psychological changes which have caused them inner insecurity are starting to stabilise. There is often a see-sawing between seeking solitude and engaging in activities with great intensity. They may experience periods of being very ready to go out and meet the world whilst at other times being uncommunicative and uncertain. The students are in an expansive age, loud and gregarious but with strong group loyalties.

The physical challenges of this camp reflect the developmental stage of the students. The activities allow for solitude whilst others rely on team work. The physical experience is a testing one which is important for students of this developmental age and also include elements of environmental awareness and appreciation. Their fourteenth birthday will mark the threshold between the second and third 7 – year stage. They will leave childhood behind and this camp with its elements of risk, need for team planning and cooperation, and consequences of actions helps prepare them for the new stage and adulthood.


Year 9 – Sailing and Beach Hike

Students at this age have clearly left the second 7 year stage behind and want to be citizens of the modern world with strong feelings of being in the present. At the same time this age also are focused on the physical body and the physical world around them. They are trying to understand what things are all about. Students come into a measure of intellectual ‘power’ and start testing themselves against the world.

This camp is established as an expedition, travelling to new areas and experience different environments. There is increased levels of responsibility with “watches” on the ship as well as plenty of social time, just hanging out and thus opportunities to appreciate others company. This is all completed in the confines of a South Passage Sailing ship. The confined spaces set their own challenges and this fits well with their desire to test themselves against the world around them whilst also giving much opportunity for the working through their newly found need to oppose.


Year 10 – The Urban Experience: Melbourne

The students are now well established in the third phase of 7 years. Feeling fairly comfortable in themselves they become interested in process, in development, in metamorphosis. Where the Year 9 student needed stability, the year 10 student responds to that which is motion. They are now moving into a point of much greater equilibrium with a newly found desire for balance. They are now much more able to see other points of view.

The urban experience hands over much of the responsibility to the students with specific, real and obvious consequence for actions. A realisation of adulthood and a questioning of the future is woven through the activities of the experience. The tasks are set with desired outcomes however there is little guidance on how to achieve the goals. This allows for team cooperation and building experience through working together towards a common goal. The lack of direction often pushes the students out of their comfort zone and also allows opportunity to appreciate and respect others and their gifts and really notice the environment they find themselves in.


Year 11 – Outback Adventure Carnavon Gorge or Kakadu

The individual components of the “big picture” or the ‘whole’ are now the primary focus of the Year 11 student. They are much more self-aware than in previous years and often subject their own lives to quite rigorous ‘analysis’ which is facilitated by the Main Lesson – Parcival. We aim is to get the students to stand back from themselves for the purpose of objectively reflecting upon their direction in life. The overarching goals are to provide young people the basis on which to develop into free, morally responsible and integrated individuals with the aim of helping young people “go out into the world as free, independent and creative beings”.

This camp experience provides the students with the opportunity to explore the concepts that are pertinent to their developmental stage such as:

  • Appraising
  • Assessing
  • Classifying
  • Diagnosing
  • Investigating and
  • Ranking

They are exposed to a great variety of experiences which helps to develop their ability to look very closely at the ‘particulars’ in life and how these create a whole.

As a High School offering Rudolf Steiner education we aim to produce students who are creative thinkers, enthusiastic about life and motivated to contribute their gifts to the world, whatever they may be. This is accomplished by nurturing the overall health of students so that they are able to take up their life’s tasks out of their own free will. The Cape Byron Camps and Outdoor Education Program is designed to support this overall goal.

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