Cheltenham Girls Bronze Practice Hike - 2020 Program Dates

Cheltenham Girls Bronze Practice Hike - 2020 Program Dates
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  • Cheltenham Girls Bronze Practice 1
    March 6, 2020 - March 7, 2020
    7:15 am - 6:00 pm
  • Cheltenham Girls Bronze Practice 2
    October 30, 2020 - October 31, 2020
    7:15 am - 6:00 pm
  • Preliminary Session 1
    March 5, 2020
    3:15 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Preliminary Session 2
    June 10, 2020
    3:15 pm - 7:30 pm


In 2020, Cheltenham Girls’ High School is teaming up with YouthAdvance to deliver Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey programs for the Bronze participants. You can read more about us and what we do on our website. Please find important information below about your adventurous journey. 

This event covers all Bronze Practice Hike Dates planned in 2020 for Cheltenham Girls.

All participants who undertake the Award MUST also take part in comprehensive Preliminary Training as stipulated in the Award Handbook (further information below in regards to the Preliminary Training).

NOTE – This program is for those participants from Cheltenham Girls’ High School ONLY


YouthAdvance pride ourselves on developing challenging and rewarding adventurous journeys for all participants. Our qualified and highly experienced Program Coordinators and Guides will work with you through the required preparation and training prior to your first Adventurous Journey, then teach you skills like navigation and camp craft on your practice expedition, and finally assess your skills on your qualifying expedition.

Our staff do not lead from the front, they mentor and instruct from the back of the group to ensure that you and your group have the opportunity to work as a team and make sound judgements based on your training and our staff’s leadership. You’ll be required to take responsibility and make decisions for yourself while under supervision from experienced and qualified outdoor professionals.


YouthAdvance create physically and mentally challenging expeditions for our participants. Each day, participants will hike up to 8 km carrying their pack and all their equipment. Students are encouraged to start training and develop their fitness in preparation for these physical requirements, including weekly walks carrying their pack and wearing their hiking boots/shoes.

All of our programs satisfy the time requirements of the Adventurous Journey stipulated in The Award Handbook by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. In addition, we strive to make our AJ’s lots of fun as well as imparting knowledge on the Australian bush to help our participants make lasting memories as well as new friends and new experiences.


YouthAdvance’s partner company Remote Safety Solutions is a leading remote area risk and emergency management specialist. Safety is paramount for all of our Adventurous Journey’s. All of our risk management procedures, emergency planning and the routes will be provided to the school prior to the program.

Emergency communication and first aid equipment along with satellite tracking will be carried by each YouthAdvance staff member while on the program. .


  • Transport to and from the venue from the school;
  • All camping and national Park/State Forest fees;
  • Instruction and supervision from our experienced and qualified Outdoor Educators;
  • Group communication devices i.e. InReach, EPIRBs and satellite phones;
  • Group remote area first aid kit;
  • Preliminary Training;
  • On trip pre and post briefing;
  • Participant maps, map cases and compasses (1 per participant);
  • Stove and pot set (1 set per 2 participants).

PROGRAM OVERVIEW – Southern Highlands, NSW

The Southern Highlands of NSW includes several state forests and national parks that comprise a mixture of pine plantations and hardwood forests. It is a popular hiking, mountain biking and camping area. Forests in this area typically comprise stands of peppermint, manna gum and stringy barks as well as the pine plantations. The first Radiata Pines were planted in the Belanglo State Forest in 1919 and today there are approximately 3,500 hectares of commercial pine plantation across the southern highlands, which is also home to an abundance of wildlife.

The program has been designed as a Rogaine program. Rogaining is an orienteering sport of long distance navigation. It involves team work, careful route planning and navigation between checkpoints using a variety of map types. The participants will choose their own routes to visit as many checkpoints as required to maximise their score within the designated time limit. Teamwork, endurance, competition and of course and increased knowledge of navigation as well as an appreciation of natural environment features are all takeaway learnings from the sport. 


The below program rundown, particularly drop off and pick up times, will be confirmed prior to each program.

7.15 am – Participants arrive at school 6.15 am – Participants wake
7.30 am – Bus departs school for Program Location 6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast
9.30 am – Bus arrives at Program Location 7.00 am – Participants break camp
9.45 am – Participants morning brief (P) 7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P)
10.00 am – Participants start planned route (P) 8.00 am – Participants start planned route (P)
1.00 pm – Lunch 1.00 pm – Lunch
1.30 pm – Participants continue planned route (P) 1.30 pm – Participants continue planned route (P)
5.00 pm – Participants arrive at camp 2.45 pm – Participants arrive at finish point
5.00 pm – Group debrief session (P) 3.00 pm – Group debrief session (P)
5.30 pm – Participants setup camp 3.30 pm – Bus departs program location
6.00 pm – Participants prepare dinner 5.30 pm – Participants arrive at school for collection
7.00 pm – Free Time
7.30 pm – Night session – Discussion on Risk Management 
8.30 pm – Participants in tents
(P) – Purposeful Activity 7.0 Hrs (P) – Purposeful Activity 7.0 Hrs

YouthAdvance will collect all participants from school and return them to school. As such, please meet at Cheltenham Girls’ High School, The Promenade, Cheltenham, NSW 2119.

DROP OFF: 7.15 am, Day 1, at school.

PICK UP: 5.30 pm, Day 2, at school.

If you are going to be late, please let us know on +61 487 003 440 so we don’t depart without you. Please ensure you monitor traffic conditions and that arrangements are made for a prompt pickup of participants.

NOTE: The expedition WILL NOT be postponed because of forecast “unsettled” weather. However,  in the event of unseasonably very bad weather, or if a weather warning is issued in the program venue, the expedition may be postponed to ensure the safety of our participants. You will be notified of this via email. 


Preliminary Training has been set over two different afternoons. Those enrolling in the FIRST practice journey, can also book into the FIRST preliminary training. Those in the SECOND practice, please enrolling the SECOND preliminary training so that the information is fresh.

FIRST: 5th of March 2020 – 3.15pm-7.30pm at Cheltenham Girls’ High School

SECOND: 10th of June 2020 – 3.15pm-7.30pm at Cheltenham Girls’ High School.

An Adventurous Journey, by its nature, contains an element of risk and it is important that this risk is identified, assessed and managed to reduce the potential for an incident to occur. The key to this is proper preparation and training of the participants so that they can learns the skills necessary to safely undertake their Practice Journey and then work towards a more independent Qualifying Journey. 

Preliminary training is designed to teach our participants about what to pack, how to pack, how to waterproof, setting up tents, food options and menu ideas. In addition, there are modules on navigation, compass use and map reading. In addition, the participants will complete their route planning during this preliminary session in their groups. This means that when we get out in the bush, the participants can get their bearings and head straight off following the morning briefing.

YouthAdvance will provide qualified guides to come to the training day and once completed, they must be satisfied that each of the participants in the group is ablate competently carry out their Practice Journey in a safe and self-reliant manner. The following competencies will be signed off prior to the Practice Journey: 

  • Understanding of the Adventurous Journey planned to be undertaken;
  • First aid and emergency procedures (relevant to the type of environment for the Journey);
  • Safety and safe practice; 
  • Route planning and navigation (use of maps, compass/navigation aids or street/urban directories);
  • Camp craft/accommodation and hygiene;
  • Team work, problem solving and leadership training;
  • Meal planning, preparation of food and cooking (options will be provided in the even of a total fire ban where cooking is not possible);
  • Environmental awareness and care;
  • Necessary equipment and how to use it;
  • Technical skills in the mode of travel (i.e. knot tying, tent repairs etc);
  • Observation and recording skills. 


Your child using appropriate gear is instrumental in ensuring that they have an enjoyable and comfortable experience – we CANNOT stress this enough! If you are unsure whether your child’s equipment is suitable, please contact us for clarification.

More information on equipment will be provided in your confirmation email, including an equipment checklist. In addition, we will advise what equipment is supplied by YouthAdvance and how to hire or purchase gear from our Equipment Store.

Please refer to the following page for additional information on Equipment for Adventurous Journeys (Equipment Resources).


Each participant will be responsible for planning, supplying and preparing their own meals for the duration of the hike. At least one day’s emergency rations should be carried by participants.

Additional information on meals, including sample menus and meal planning will be sent to you following registration and is available here: (Meal Planning Resources).

All participants should start with at least three full 1 Litre water bottles. In dry weather periods, water can be difficult to source so this is a minimum amount. You will be advised in the registration email if you are required to bring water purification tablets. 


In order to partake in this Adventurous Journey, you are required to seek approval from your Award Leader on the Online Record Book BEFORE you get on the bus. 

Please us the following details as your assessor:

Assessor: Jack Petch or Jacqui Harvey

Phone: 02 8957 5428

Email: [email protected]

Assessor signoff will be completed in the ORB following your hike once your request assessor approval.

Award Leader signoff WILL NOT be completed until your AJ report has been submitted and uploaded into the Documents section of the ORB. Please ensure that you use the appropriate template.


Following registration for this hike, you will be sent a link to CareMonkey to setup a profile. If we do not have a profile that is up to date (within 2 months), your child will not be permitted to board the bus.

We use CareMonkey to collect medical information about each participant. Please take the time to fill in this form accurately and honestly in each of the data fields. Accurate medical data is important in the event of an unseen medical emergency occurring while on the program. 


Please select the “Register” button next to your preferred dates and follow the prompts. 


If you have any questions, please contact our team at [email protected]



Located 2.5 hours south-west of Sydney, the southern highlands is home to many thousands of acres of State Forest Pine Plantations and Open Woodland Forest. This venue is a great location for Rogaine or Geo-Caching type programs.