At Mitcham Primary School we believe outdoor education is an integral part of the child’s physical, personal and social learning. Camps challenge children in a fun, structured and supportive environment, teaching them many values such as responsibility, co-operation, teamwork and respect. They also learn specific outdoor skills and gain an appreciation of nature.
Children in Level 4 have the opportunity to attend 2 excellent camps. Camp Rumbug in the Foster North hills in South Gippsland, an adventure and orienteering style camp and in 2011 the children travelled to Canberra for a week long experience which is likely to continue every second year.
Level 3 children have the opportunity to attend two camps. In 2013 Level 3 students will attend the eco-friendly Narmbool Lodge camp near Ballarat. Here they will participate in environment discovery programs, such as, animal and plant identification, bushwalking, orienteering and navigation, Indigenous cultural discovery, as well as visiting Sovereign Hill. For more information go to www.sovereignhill.com.au/narmbool
In 2012 the Level 3 students attended Arrabri Lodge camp in Warburton. They participated in a number of outdoor activities, such as, the flying fox, giant swing, ropes course, archery and damper cooking, as well as a bushwalk up Mount Donna Buang. For more information go to www.arrabri.com.au