NEWTOWN B2B Bronze Hike

NEWTOWN B2B Bronze Hike

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  • Newtown Nov 11-13 B2B Prac & Qual Bronze Hike #1
    November 11, 2021 - November 13, 2021
    7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Newtown Nov 25-27 B2B Prac & Qual Bronze Hike #2
    November 25, 2021 - November 27, 2021
    7:30 am - 4:30 pm


This booking page is for Newtown students only



YouthAdvance pride itself on developing challenging and rewarding adventurous journeys (AJs) 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 AJ. They will teach you skills including 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 the trails carrying their pack and all their own 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 AJ stipulated in The Award Handbook by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. In addition, we strive to make our AJs lots of fun as well as imparting knowledge on the Australian bush to help our participants make lasting memories, 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 AJs.

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;
  • 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 – 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 teamwork, 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.


Bronze B2B Prac/Qual #1 – Thursday, November 11 – Saturday, November 13

Bronze B2B Prac/Qual #2 – Thursday, November 25 – Saturday, November 27

Each program is capped at 23 participants each.

All participants must be dropped off to school (as long as restrictions allow; an alternative pick up and drop location off may need to be determined based on Government restrictions)

DROP OFF: 7.30 am, Day 1, at school.

PICK UP: 4.30 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 drop off and pick up of participants.

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

Please be aware that the program rundown may alter slightly, particularly drop off and pickup times, and these will be confirmed prior to each program via email.

7.30 am – Participants arrive at school (TBC) 6.30 am – Participants wake 6.30 am – Participants wake
8.00 am – Bus departs for program location 6.45 am – Participants prepare breakfast 6.45 am – Participants prepare breakfast
10.00 am – Bus arrives at program location 7.00 am – Participants break camp 7.00 am – Participants break camp
10.00 am – Participants morning brief (P) 7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P) 7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P)
10.30 am – Participants start planned route (P) 8.00 am – Participants start planned route (P) 8.00 am – Participants start planned route (P)
1.00 pm – Lunch 1.00 pm – Lunch 1.00 pm – Lunch
1.30 pm – Participants continue planned route (P) 1.30 pm – Participants continue planned route (P) 1.30 pm – Participants continue planned route (P)
4.00 pm – Participants arrive at camp 4.00 pm – Participants arrive at camp 2.30 pm – Participants arrive at the finish point
4.15 pm – Group debrief session (P) 4.15 pm – Group debrief session (P) 2.40 pm – Group debrief session (P)
4.45 pm – Participants set up camp 4.45 pm – Participants set up camp 3.00 pm – Bus departs program location
6.00 pm – Participants prepare dinner 6.00 pm – Participants prepare dinner 4.30 pm – Participants arrive at school for collection (TBC)
7.00 pm – Night session – discussion on risk management and route planning 7.00 pm – Night session – discussion on risk management and route planning
8.00 pm – Participants in tents 8.00 pm – Participants in tents
(P) – Purposeful Activity 6.0 Hrs  (P) – Purposeful Activity 6.0 Hrs  (P) – Purposeful Activity 6.0 Hrs


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.

The full list of gear required can be found here – Equipment List

Please note the following items are mandatory and will be checked by guides on the morning of departure:

  • Sleeved shirt (for walking and paddling in) – no singlet tops
  • Waterproof (not water resistant) Rain Jacket (preferable Gortex – no ponchos or wind breakers);
  • Sleeping bag suitable to the season of the year:
    • Winter – minus 5
    • Shoulder Season & Summer – zero rating;
  • Sleeping mat;
  • Second set of clothes stored inside waterproof bag (thermal top and bottom)
  • First aid and blister kit
  • 3L of water (3 x 1L water bottles)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Hat and sunscreen

For additional equipment, please refer to the following page on equipment for AJs (Equipment Resources). If you are hiring equipment, your order MUST be completed 5 days in advance of your programs.


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 here: (Meal Purchases)

NOTE: Pots and stoves are available for hire – YouthAdvance Store.

All participants must start with at least three full 1Litre water bottles. In dry weather periods, water can be difficult to source so this is a minimum amount. You are required to bring water purification tablets for this program.


As this is a NSW Open program, registered participants who are completing their PRACTICE AJ, will be required to complete the Online Preliminary Training work. To access and complete your Online Preliminary Training (OLP) you need to use this link –

In order to access the OLP you will need to create a new registration profile. To help you do this, we’ve created a step-by-step tutorial to help you – (NOTE: Fast track the video to 1 minute)

The OLP is free and must be completed prior to your AJ, if not completed you will not be permitted to board the bus for this journey. This training program is a generic training system that will cover off the following competencies in the online preliminary training session.

  • Understanding of the AJ 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;
  • Teamwork, 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.

During your first morning on program, you will have further time to familiarise yourself with the maps and location of your AJ.


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. This is a requirement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and YouthAdvance will be strongly enforcing this moving into 2021.

Please use the following details as your supervisor for your practise and assessor for your qualifier:

Supervisor/Assessor: YouthAdvance Guide

Phone: 02 8957 5428

Email: [email protected]


Supervisor and assessor sign-off will be completed in the ORB following your hike.

REGISTER FOR AJ NOW – Please select the “Register” button at the top of this webpage and follow the prompts.

Please note that the minimum number of participants for this program is 10. We will advise you if there are concerns about the program being postponed. 


Please note that terms and onions apply to this booking page. By processing this registration you acknowledge that you accept the Terms & Conditions.

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.