Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze or Silver Award Practice or Qualifying Journey package
This package of the Practice or Qualifying Journey will take place during the October school holidays in the Mt Lofty Ranges, with a pre-requisite planning session to occur on the Monday 29th of SEPTEMBER, between 5:30-8:00pm, in Glynde.
The journey includes a 2 hour pre-trip planning session, all instruction, maps and compasses, a backpack, stove, fuel, tent, sleeping mat, raincoat, transport and highly experienced and accredited bushwalking supervisors for the journey.
During the planning and preparation session, our experienced and accredited instructors will help you develop the skills necessary to complete your Practice or Qualifying Journey. The session will provide you with an introduction to minimal impact camping, basic navigation training, menu, equipment and route planning, as well as an introduction to risk management throughout your Adventurous Journey. The planning session is required by all Duke of Edinburgh participants wishing to achieve their Bronze or Silver Award. Differentiation and expectations will vary relative to bronze or silver awards.
The Adventurous Journey is scheduled for Wednesday the 7th to Friday the 9th of OCTOBER. This three day journey will occur in the Mt Lofty Ranges area with the route being established during the planning session. There will be a minimum of one experienced and accredited instructor with each group of up to seven participants as well as an assessor for the Qualifying Journey. There will also be a debrief session upon completion of the Qualifying Journey.
We are pleased to be an accredited Adventurous Journey provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program.
*PLEASE NOTE: Minimum/Maximum numbers apply. If minimum numbers are not reached, you will be offered another program on a different date. If maximum numbers are reached please join the wait list to be notified if a position becomes available.
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Dear valued client,
The health and wellbeing of our employees and clients are a top priority for Wilderness Escape and we are continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation in South Australia. In light of this we have modified our Infection Control Policy by implementing a number of changes to minimise the potential spread of infectious illnesses during our programs and camps.
The following policies are being enforced, effective immediately for anyone attending a Wilderness Escape program and camp including participants, school staff and Wilderness Escape employees.1. Anyone who has travelled internationally in the two weeks leading up to a scheduled Wilderness Escape program cannot attend.2. Anyone who has had contact with people who have travelled internationally, in the two weeks leading up to a scheduled Wilderness Escape program cannot attend.3. Anyone with any flu-like symptoms and/or fever cannot attend.4.Wilderness Escape staff will work in partnership with attending school staff to ensure cleaning / disinfection of contact surfaces by following the updated cleaning / disinfection routines that are now in place for the complete duration of the program, including any transport to and from the program.5.Wilderness Escape will provide adequate amounts of cleaning / disinfection supplies and ensure all staff on program are up-to-date with infection control procedures via in-house training and staff briefings prior to start of any program or camp.
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WEOA acknowledge that your child might not initially know anyone attending the program, however we design our experiences to make everyone feel comfortable from the moment we meet, potentially building new friendships to last a lifetime.
After you book you will receive an email covering the all the information relevant to your program.
The programs we conduct have been designed to provide a level of mental and physical challenge to participants. With all activities come specific hazards as well as general hazards which need to be noted.
Wilderness Escape programs are held outdoors throughout many different areas of South Australia’s wilderness. While our staff minimise each activity's risk there are some variables which are out of our control such as the environment and weather. Participants need to be aware the planned activities will still run during weather which may not be ideal e.g. heat, cold, wind, or rain although activities do have contingencies for extreme weather. While the weather or conditions may not be ideal during the program, this is a part of the overall experience and will help participants build resilience through stretching comfort zones.
For more information regarding risk management strategies visit our website: http://www.wildernessescape.com.au
If you require any further information about the camp program please feel free to make contact with the staff at WEOA during office hours on 8165 2022
All Wilderness Escape staff members have a minimum of Senior First Aid training, whilst support staff hold an upgraded skillset which includes Remote Area First Aid. All staff will carry a comprehensive Group First Aid kit during the activities during the program. If you feel that additional information should be supplied regarding your child's medical or psychological history then please upload/return it as a medical action/care plan.
Before the program, ensure your child’s medical information form is completed online so that staff are aware of any medication they may be taking. Please make sure any medication required is noted on the medical form indicating the condition under which it is to be taken, and participants bring it with them. For example, Epipens or Ventolin must accompany them at all times. This includes medication that may be taken infrequently and over the counter medication (such as Panadol for headaches or Nurofen for migraines). WEOA staff are not able to supply medications to a participant unless it is noted on the medical form.
*PLEASE NOTE: In the case of medical conditions, such as asthma, allergies, anaphylaxis, diabetes or epilepsy, any existing management plan and emergency plan signed by a GP or specialist must be attached/uploaded at the time of registration (please make sure it is legible). This also applies to any medication your child may be taking for any or these conditions. If you are unsure about your child’s ability to participate in the activities based on their medical conditions then please consult your family physician.
1. CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
a) Parents/Guardians will ensure WEOA and/or contractors will be reimbursed for any damages to equipment or facilities caused through wilful actions of participants attending the program.b) All students and adults must follow rules and instructions given by WEOA staff in addition to rules given by external providers.c) Parents/Guardians must inform WEOA of any participants which it considers to have special needs or has identified as having behavioural issues.d) Parents/Guardians support WEOA in implementing recommended behaviour management actions listed in our management plan, to the extent that a participant will be removed from the program if that person is deemed to be a safety risk to any aspect of the program.e) Parents/Guardians must assist WEOA in ensuring additional support and/or supervision can be provided where necessary.f) All personal and medical information provided to WEOA is kept for a period of at least 7 years. Information will be stored in accordance with Australian Privacy Legislation.g) Program participant registrations will close 3 weeks prior to program commencement to allow sufficient time for review by the Program Manager and WEOA Risk Manager. Additional registrations after this date are at the discretion of WEOA management.
2. CANCELLATION POLICY
a) If cancellation occurs within one week of the program being conducted Parents/Guardians will be charged in full and will not be eligible for reimbursementb) If a program is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions during the program a refund will not be provided. A program will be rescheduled if it is a single day activity or if it is cancelled (due to poor weather or other unforeseen events) prior to the program commencing.c) If minimum numbers are not reached, Parent/Guardians will be offered another program on a different date.
3. DROP OFF / PICK UP
a) Parents/Guardians are required to meet the bus. If unable to do so, they must notify WEOA with permission on the name and relationship of person/s collecting their child.
b) WEOA will inform Parents/Guardians if bus is running late
c) If Parents/Guardians exceed 15 minutes of the arranged meeting times and have not notified WEOA of late arrival, they will not be eligible for a refund
d) If Parents/Guardians are not at the meeting point after 15 minutes, the bus will transport child/children to the Glynde drop off point. WEOA will notify Parents/Guardians before doing so
To achieve the program outcomes, this activity has been designed to provide a level of challenge suitable for the age group and ability level of young people on average based on the age range indicated.
The program descriptors and levels for the program are listed under (Please click on Key Program Indicators for explanation of the levels)
Summary of WEOA standard risk management procedures
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Accommodation - if a multi day program
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