Event Phone: 02 9170 4655
- Pittwater Silver Prac Sept 2-4
September 2, 2021 - September 4, 2021
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
SILVER PRACTICE JOURNEY
This booking page is for Pittwater students only
REGISTRATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM CLOSE ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2021
YOUTHADVANCE ADVENTUROUS JOURNEYS
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.
PROGRAM AIM AND CHALLENGE
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.
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 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.
All participants must be dropped off to school.
DROP OFF: 7.00 am, Day 1, at school.
PICK UP: 5.00 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.
|DAY 1||Day 2||Day 3|
|7.00 am – Participants arrive at Pittwater||6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast, break camp||6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast, break camp|
|7.30 am – Bus departs for program location||7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P)||7.00 am – Participants morning brief (P)|
|10.30 am – Bus arrives at program location||8.00 am – Participants start Leg 2 hike route (P)||7.30 am – Participants start Leg 3 hike route (P)|
|10.30 am – Participants morning brief (P)||1.00 pm – Lunch||12.00pm – Lunch|
|11.00 am – Participants start Leg 1 hike route (P)||4.00 pm – Participants arrive at camp||1.30pm –Participants arrive end|
|1.00 pm – Lunch||4.30 pm – Group debrief session (P)||1.45 pm – Group debrief session (P)|
|4.30 pm – Participants arrive at camp||5.00 pm – Participants setup camp, prepare dinner and night session on risk management||2.00 pm – Bus departs program location|
|4.30 pm – Group debrief session (P)||8.00 pm – Participants in tents||5.00 pm – Participants arrive at Pittwater|
|5.00 pm – Participants setup camp, prepare dinner and night session on risk management|
|8.00 pm – Participants in tents|
|(P) – Purposeful Activity 7.0 Hrs||(P) – Purposeful Activity 7.0 Hrs||(P) – Purposeful Activity 7.0 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.
In addition to the equipment resources below, the following items are mandatory:
- Sleeved shirt (for walking and paddling in) – no singlet tops
- Waterproof 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
- Stove & gas bottle (if you plan to cook dinner at night)
Please refer to the following page for additional information on equipment for AJs (Equipment Resources). If you are hiring equipment, your order MUST be completed 5 days in advance of your programs.
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)
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.
- Tuesday, August 17 14, 2021 from 3pm to 6pm at Pittwater school
THIS SESSION IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL STUDENTS
AWARD LEADER APPROVAL: POST-PROGRAM
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.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
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]
Venue: Southern Highlands, NSW
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.