Young Men, OId Mountains (senior)
The Outdoor Education Foundation
Young Men, OId Mountains is a 7-day bushwalking journey for boys in the beautiful and rugged Victorian High Country. During the journey, the boys will practice traditional bushcraft, cook over a fire and sleep in tents. The program helps the boys explore positive risk taking and develop skills such as leadership and resilience that will be needed as they step into adulthood.
On the last evening of the program, boys invite a significant male elder in their life to join them at their campsite to share a meal and show them some of the skills they’ve learnt.
Year 9 boys
BushwalkingBe it a day's hike or a short walk to camp, bushwalking engages all our senses allowing us to explore nature and our place within it. And we always find something exciting along the way!
InitiativesOur many initiatives can be large or small group activities on the land or water, encouraging social connection, negotiation, problem-solving and adaptability, all while having fun!
BushcraftBushcraft teaches students the art of using natural resources to allow them to thrive in the outdoors. During bushcraft, we like to get our hands dirty by building shelters, setting up campfires or identifying plants.
CampingCamping out in tents is our speciality! We love telling stories around the campfire, looking up at the night sky and creating memories that will last a lifetime!
CookingFor many, this is the first time they will be cooking and preparing their own meals. Some discover a new passion while developing healthy habits and self-belief.
28/11/2022 – 4/12/2022
Students will depart on Monday morning (28/11) at 8:30 am from Mansfield Secondary College.
Students will return on Sunday afternoon (4/12) at 1:30 pm to Mansfield Secondary College.
On Saturday 3rd December from 3:30 – 6:30pm a significant male elder in the boys life is invited to the campsite to share an early dinner with their young person.
The elders will be met at King Saddle Day Shelter, Mount Buller and then walk approximately 1km into the campsite.
Elders will need to bring a plate, bowl, cup, cutlery and torch. Please also bring something warm to wear and a raincoat.
CONTACT DURING THE PROGRAM
If in the case of emergency, parents need to contact to a student, please contact the Field Duty Manager on 0428 576 281.
If students are unwell at departure, they won’t be able to attend the program. If they become unwell on camp, parents/guardians will be contacted to provide transport home.
Students actions and behaviours contribute to the camp experience and the safety of everyone. It is the student’s responsibility to be safe, be learning, show respect and to enjoy the experience. Following the safety instructions of staff is essential. If a student’s behaviour repeatedly or significantly impacts the safety of themselves or others they may be required to leave the program transported by a parent/guardian.
- Packed lunch for the first day
- Full water bottles
- No nuts
- No mobile phones
- All items in your personal bag – loose items can get misplaced easily
- Personal medications to be given to group leaders
Clothing and equipment checklist
The Outdoor Education Foundation
“This program has helped me step up to the plate and come out of my shell and made me appreciate the outdoors much more.”
Previous Young Men, Old Mountains participant
“As a parent to see their child come home from a program with this much enthusiasm and to be able to talk to you about their incredible stories and what they achieved was mind blowing.
The resilience he gained within this period of time the realisation that he could do it, even we things got tough.
He enjoyed having the chance to improve his navigation skills, walking through the incredible high country and appreciating its beauty with his friends.
I think this program is and incredible opportunity for the young men in our local communities and I would like to say big thank you to outdoor educational group for giving this to our sons in the Mansfield community.
Only a parent can really see what it has done and what it means to their son but also the benefits towards their family and local community. It is incredible the growth from such a program.”
Parent of previous Young Men, Old Mountains participant
Funded by the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants.