NSW OPEN Bronze Qualifying Hikes, 2020 Program Dates CLICK REGISTER FOR MORE DATES

NSW OPEN Bronze Qualifying Hikes, 2020 Program Dates CLICK REGISTER FOR MORE DATES
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  • NSW OPEN - Bronze Hike 22nd of April 2020 - POSTPONED
    April 22, 2020 - April 23, 2020
    7:15 am - 6:00 pm
  • NSW OPEN - Bronze Hike 8th of October 2020
    October 8, 2020 - October 9, 2020
    6:15 am - 4:30 pm

BRONZE OPEN QUALIFYING JOURNEYS

Please find important information below about your adventurous journey. Note that these programs are primarily designed for our NSW Participants, however if ACT based participants wish to register, they can do so following discussion with YouthAdvance. 

This event covers all Bronze Qualifying Hike Dates in the NSW region for 2020.

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).

YOUTHADVANCE AJs

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 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.

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.

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

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 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);
  • Stove and pot set (1 set per 2 participants).

PROGRAM OVERVIEW – Marramarra National Park

This Bronze 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. Students will be divided into small groups (between 5 and 7) working as a team to successfully navigate the surrounding, often challenging, terrain. Using a number of ridge lines, creeks and other terrain features, our participants will navigate themselves across a challenging but rewarding route over the two days. To successfully complete the planned route, each participant will need to demonstrate determination, decision making, team work and a range of other skills to select and execute intelligent route planning through untracked natural terrain.

Due to the number of bushfires currently across NSW, our program venue may be altered slightly, or changed entirely once we have a better idea from the Parks and Forestry people regarding which parks and routes will be available for use and open to the public. Our aim is to ensure the safety of our participants, whilst not disturbing the recently burnt bushland requiring remediation. 

Details of any program venue updates will be released here on the booking page as well as via CareMonkey correspondence to those already registered on the program.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns at this stage.

PROGRAM RUNDOWN

The below program rundown may alter slightly once the program locations are finalised, however the rundown, particularly drop off and pick up times, will be confirmed prior to each program.

DAY 1 DAY 2
6.20 am – Participants arrive at YouthAdvance HQ 6.15 am – Participants wake
7.30 am – Bus departs school for Program Location 6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast
10.00 am – Bus arrives at Program Location 7.00 am – Participants break camp
10.00 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)
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 3.00 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 4.30 pm – Participants arrive at YouthAdvance HQ 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

Please meet at YouthAdvance HQ – Wattle Road, Brookvale NSW. 

DROP OFF: 6.20 am, Day 1, at YouthAdvance HQ.

PICK UP: 4.30pm, Day 2, at YouthAdvance HQ.

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

Moving into 2020 we are looking to release an online preliminary training module so that this can be done in your own time and in your own home. We are yet to release this as yet with details to be provided as soon as possible. Face to face preliminary training dates will be released for our early 2020 programs shortly. 

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. The idea is to prepare each of our participants so that when they arrive at the program location, we can do our route planning in the morning brief session based on the skills already learned and begin the hike.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

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. 

Note that we have a 50% off on hire of single tents at the moment…first come first served.

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

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 there will be no stoves or pots available due to COVID-19. Students may choose to bring their own cooking equipment OR they can plan a non-cooking meal instead. 

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. 

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 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 2020. 

Please us the following details as your assessor:

Assessor: YouthAdvance Award Leader or Guide name if known

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.

CAREMONKEY

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. 

HOW TO REGISTER

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

Please note that the minimum number to run a program is 7 Participants. You will be advised if we do not have sufficient numbers to run this program.

QUESTIONS

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

Venue:  

Venue Website:

Address:
45 Bloodwood Road, Fiddletown, New South Wales, 2159, Australia

Description:

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.