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School Camps

YMCA Camping Philosophy

The Y approach to working with young people on school camping programs is based on research in the developmental assets framework [ www.search-institute.org ], which identifies 40 factors (or assets) critical to the healthy development of young people.

YMCA camps focus on six of these assets:

  • Y camp instructors provide personal support and mentoring to students by modelling positive, responsible behaviour.
  • The Y provides an away-from-home environment that is safe, caring and encouraging.
  • The Y ensures students take responsibility for themselves and others by using their time constructively and participating in camp duties that benefits the whole school camp community.
  • The Y encourages students to explore and engage in stimulating activity in the outdoors that fosters an enjoyment of learning and an appreciation of the natural world.
  • The Y encourages students to demonstrate positive values by caring for and encouraging others in their school camp community.
  • The Y develops students self esteem by encouraging individuals to overcome personal and group challenges that have positive learning outcomes.

School Camping Programs

Y school camping programs are individually designed in consultation with the school camp coordinator to meet the specific needs of your group. Factors considered in the design of a program include:

  • Camp Outcomes

All YMCA programs are underpinned by our YMCA camping philosophy outlined above. While activities will vary according to individual activity selections the following core learning outcomes will be common to the experience of all children. Students will explore both interpersonal and personal development.

  • Positive Values (respect, responsibility, caring, honesty, equality, integrity)
  • Support
  • Technical Skill Development
  • Teamwork
  • Initiative
  • Decision Making
  • Challenge (Personal)
  • Challenge (Group)
  • Goal Setting
  • Tolerance
  • Confidence
  • Leadership
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Communication
  • Age appropriateness

Camp activities included in the program will reflect the capability of the students within the group.

  • Sequencing

YMCA camps offer sequenced camping programs, ensuring that students' learning is extended from their previous camp experience.

School Packages

YMCA programs are designed in consultation with schools to best meet the individual needs of each school. Schools may choose to select from two structured packages:

  • Package One: 100% of the camp program instructed by YMCA staff i.e. all activities
  • Package Two: 50% of the camp program instructed by YMCA staff i.e. 50% of adventure activities facilitated by YMCA instructors and 50% of passive activities are led by teaching staff.

Pre-camp preparation

To assist teachers with the sometimes daunting task of organizing a school camp, YMCA camp staff are available to provide support, advice and valuable resources/tools to make this phase more manageable. Support includes:

  • Camp Organisers Handbook - A complete guide to assist the school camping coordinator to organize the details of your camp. Information includes: program outcome selection information, administration procedures, camp program planning/wet weather contingency, meals/catering, transport, first aid, emergency procedures/telephone numbers, teacher roles and responsibilities, an organiser's checklist.

Teachers Resources

Contact Us

Newtown Stadium
25-33 Riversdale Road
Newtown VIC 3220
(03) 5223 2714

North Geelong
110 Victoria Street (Enter off Baxter Street)
North Geelong VIC 3218
(03) 5223 2714

Camp Wyuna
71 Flinders Street
Queenscliff VIC 3225
(03) 5258 1656

YMCA Bannockburn
132 Milton Street
Bannockburn VIC 3331
(03) 5281 2316

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