School Camp Activities & Goals
Positive, Engaging, Confidence Building and Fun!
During the course of the camp activities, we seek to achieve the following outcomes:
To educate students about the plants and animals within different ecosystems
To understand the components and factors that affect how ecosystems function
To learn about the ways we affect the surrounding environment
To become informed and involved members of the community
To engage in positive learning and social experience beyond the classroom
And to have fun!
Water Based Activities
The Diving, Snorkelling, Sea Kayaking, Sailing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding experience empowers students with knowledge about the conditions and natural environment in which they are going to experience. Presentations of the unique flora and fauna are linked to the tours so that students can associate them with the environment they encounter when diving, snorkelling or kayaking.
Discover Scuba Diving
Learn the basic theory behind scuba diving in the comfort of a classroom environment. The Bayplay pool then allows students to put their lesson into action by blowing bubbles in shallow water allowing a comfortable transition to the underwater world. Here we introduce the skills necessary to maximise safety and comfort for the amazing dive ahead. It’s time to meet the marine life! Visit the Weedy Sea Dragon Colony or Octopus and Seahorse garden. Students will have the opportunity to spot rare and beautiful Sea Dragons, Stingrays, Porcupine Fish, swim through sponge gardens, and discover our gorgeous local marine ecosystem!
Our Sea Dragon snorkel tours are a great way to educate students on local marine ecosystems and the human impacts on these ecosystems. Explore the wonders of our Sea Dragon Colony and see some of the most amazing soft corals, sponge life and marine organisms in the world.
Sea Kayak/Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Tours begin with a briefing covering terminology, equipment use, skills and safety procedures. Our experienced guides also educate you on the marine life and points of interest likely to be encountered.
Your guide will lead you via the picturesque hilltop mansions, paddle past timeless sailing boats and marinas, serene bays and inlets, often spotting seals, and dolphins, as they play around the boats! This tour also provides students with insights on the local aboriginal history, native flora and fauna, and Port Phillip Bay’s early settlement!
Yarra River Tours
Sea Kayaks are the perfect way to see the city differently! Our Yarra River Tour runs downriver and begins at the front of the Rowing Boat Sheds to the east of Princes Bridge. Following our safety briefing, we will paddle past Southgate’s thriving restaurant and cafe precinct and discover the path of the early pioneers as we explore the Docklands precinct. The tour then takes us under the Westgate Bridge where you will understand the enormity of the construction before stopping off for refreshments at Docklands. We then return to our starting point. Students will enjoy paddling past skyscrapers and under all the bridges they normally drive on! Our Guide will chat with the students about local history, environmental issue, architecture, arts, flora and fauna.
Bayplay sailing on our 34 foot Seawind Catamaran, “Dolphin II” offers fun sailing adventures on Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay. The tour incorporates snorkelling in a variety of marine environments, swimming with Seals, interpretative learning about human impacts, colonial and wartime history, visits to several historic and natural sights in the Bay, such as: South Channel Fort; Pope’s Eye Marine Park, Mud Island; Chinaman’s Hat Seal Colony and enjoy incredible views of the coastline!
Land Based Education
Bike Ride Point Nepean National Park
Students will be taken along beautiful coastal tracks through Point Nepean National Park, learning about our local flora and fauna, discovering beautiful viewpoints and getting insights in the local aboriginal history!
With various locations to choose from including Greens Bush, Bushrangers Bay or Cape Schanck to name a few– Our guide will chat with the students about the local Flora and Fauna, changing landscapes and local history.
Rock Pool Ramble
We explore the local rock pools covering information on marine life, tides, tidal zones & human impacts. We can also incorporate a swim in the rock pools if (only when safe conditions permit).
Team Building Initiative Games
Team building games are set up to develop relationships within groups. The activities engage students in adventure activities focusing on the importance of working together and using skills such as planning, analysing, organising and communicating. The program will comprise of a series of challenging activities, including co-operative games, trust exercises, and group problem-solving activities. Students will spend time negotiating and discussing issues all whilst learning through experience and having fun.
Iluka Retreat Activities
Canoeing on the Lake
Canoeing is a fantastic activity that is undertaken on our onsite lake. Basic canoeing skills are taught in a practical manner, leading into games, teamwork, and a whole lot of fun for the session!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
A relatively new camp activity experience for most kids, this is a great way to test out the balance skills as well as give students an insight into Surfing. Skills are taught following by a range of paddle games.
Raft building is the ultimate in fun and teamwork. The rafts are built by the students under the supervision and guidance of our staff. The amount of guidance depends on the group, ranging from a large amount of assistance through to no assistance at all! Then they can test out their skills on the lake with a paddle to the island and back.
Our tree climbing is a fantastic entry point into rock climbing or just fun and enjoyment! Our trees have various levels to suit, enabling students of all abilities to achieve success and challenge themselves.
This 12-part initiative course is suitable for up to three groups of 8, rotating on the various camp activities and structures. It takes at least 1 hour to get through all the activities.
Team Building Activities
Team Building is important for children to learn to work together. It is also important that they learn to value each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We have a variety of team building activities, which help to develop good cooperation and teamwork.
Students work together in teams to use clues to search for letters that have been strategically placed around the property. By following the clues correctly different letters are acquired, if all letters are found and collected in the right order the missing word will be revealed!
Students can enjoy making all sorts of great food over the campfire, including damper, chocolate cake in oranges or choc chip bananas in foil on the open fire to name a few!
Don’t forget the billy tea. Yum!
Students enjoy foraging around outside to find natural resources to create a piece of artwork they can take home as a camp memento! This is a quiet reflection style activity to which works in well with the outdoor program!
Our orienteering courses established in a variety of locations ranging from immediately around the campsite to various locations nearby. The various levels cater for different age groups and camper experience. Orienteering teaches and hones skills such as map reading and navigation work, along with teamwork and problem solving as students engage in working their way through a designated course.