Event Phone: 02 8957 5428
- DHS BRONZE BacktoBack P1 - BUS 1
November 14, 2020 - November 16, 2020
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
- DHS BRONZE BacktoBack P2 - BUS 2
November 14, 2020 - November 16, 2020
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
DAVIDSON HIGH SCHOOL QUALIFYING JOURNEY
Please find important information below about your Bronze QUALIFYING adventurous journey.
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 Davidson High School ONLY
REGISTRATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE 3Rd OF NOVEMBER 2020
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.
PROGRAM AIM AND CHALLENGE
YouthAdvance creates a physically and mentally challenging expeditions for our participants. Each day, participants will hike up to 6 hrs per day 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.
SAFETY AND RISK
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).
PROGRAM OVERVIEW – Marramarra National Park
This Adventurous Journey will run out of Marramarra National Park, just north of Berowra NSW. Marramarra covers rugged bushland, with dramatic sandstone cliffs and a variety of natural habitats. Marramarra is a fantastic hiking spot to get in touch with the elements and out in the Aussie bush navigating a number of ridgelines, creeks and other terrain features.
With the program starting at the entrance to Marramarra National Park, the first leg is on foot and will take us out into the untracked ridgelines. With some challenging navigation and sections that will require teamwork, participants will be rewarded with stunning views across Marraurra Creek. The route will then go through the “Jurassic Park” region, so-called due to the old-growth sub-tropic flora and then up and around several Indigenous sites.
Day 2 and 3, the participant will continue where they left of the day before, desgning their route to create their own advanture.
The below program rundown may alter slightly, however, the rundown, particularly drop off and pick up times, will be confirmed again prior to each program.
|7.00 am – Program 1 Participants arrive at Davidson High||6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast, break camp||6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast, break camp|
|7.30 am – Program 1 Bus departs Davidson High for Program Location||7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P)||7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P)|
|7.30 am – Program 2 Participants arrive at Davidson High||8.00 am – Participants start Leg 2||8.00 am – Participants start Leg 3|
|8.00 am – Program 1 Bus departs Davidson High for Program Location||4.30 pm – Participants arrive at camp (Program 1 – Camp A) (Program 2 – Camp B)||3.30 pm – Participants arrive at the designated finish point|
|9.30 am – Participants start Leg 1 Hike – planned route (P)||4.30 pm – Group debrief session (P)||3.30 pm – Group debrief session (P)|
|4.30 pm – Participants arrive at camp (Program 1 – Camp B) (Program 2 – Camp A)||5.00 pm – Participants set up camp, prepare dinner and Night Session on risk management|
|4.30 pm – Group debrief session (P) / recap of paddling and safety procedures session (P)||8.30 pm – Participants in tents||4.00 pm – Bus departs program location|
|5.00 pm – Participants set up camp, prepare dinner and Night Session on risk management||5.00 pm – Program 1 Participants arrive at Davidson|
|5.30 pm – Program 2 Participants arrive at Davidson|
YouthAdvance will collect all participants from school and return them to school. As such, please meet at the main entry (Bus Bay) at Davidson High School.
- Program 1 – 7.00 am, Day 1, at school
- Program 2 – 7.30 am, Day 1 at school
- Program 1 – 5.00 pm, Day 3, at school
- Program 1 – 5.30 pm, Day 3, 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 a forecast of “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.
Students will not be permitted to join a YouthAdvance Qualifying Journey if they did not complete the online preliminary training. If you were unable to attend the training, please contact us.
- Session 1 – 3rd of November 2020, 2.30 pm to 5.30pm
- Session 2 – 10th of November 2020, 2.30 pm to 5.30pm
BOTH OF THESE SESSIONS ARE COMPULSORY FOR ALL STUDENTS
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 NOTE that at the moment with COVID-19, in order to mitigate the potential for spread of the virus, YouthAdvance will be providing single tents only and packs for hire per program and will maintain vigorous cleaning procedures between programs. Tents and packs are available on the hire equipment page so please either book in to hire one of ours or source your own. Further, unless participants reside in the same household or special provisions are given by parents and/or the school, there will be NO tent SHARING between participants.
Please refer to the following page for additional information on Equipment for Adventurous Journeys (Equipment Store).
MEALS AND WATER
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). Pre-packaged meals are available for purchase at discounted prices for all YouthAdvance participants here: (Meal Purchases)
**Please be aware that YouthAdvance is currently NOT surplying stoves or pots as part of the event booking due to COVID-19. Students may choose to hire from us, purchase and bring their own cooking equipment OR they can plan a non-cooking meal instead.
All participants should start with at least three litres of water – we recommend 2 x full 1.5 Litre water bottles to evenly weight your pack. 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.
AWARD LEADER APPROVAL
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 book this program.
Approximatle two weeks prior to the program date you will be send a link to register with Operoo. We use Operoo 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 prgram.
If you already have an Operoo profile for your child, please follow the instructions and share your childs Operoo profile with us. 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.
HOW TO REGISTER
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]
Marramarra National Park is a one of the Hawkesbury’s best-kept secrets. It’s great for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, cycling, camping, bushwalking, picnicking and birdwatching.