- St Ursula's Qualifying Pack & Paddle 2020
December 11, 2020 - December 16, 2020
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
ST URSULA’S COLLEGE QUALIFYING JOURNEY
Please find important information below about your Gold Qualifying AJ.
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 – Program is for St Ursula’s College students 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.
PROGRAM AIM AND CHALLENGE
YouthAdvance create physically and mentally challenging expeditions for our participants. Each day, participants will hike or paddle up to 15 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. 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;
- 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);
- Canoe/Kayak, paddle and lifejacket.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW – Kosciuszko National Park
This Gold Pack and Paddle Adventurous Journey will run out of Kosciuszko National Park, at either Talbingo or around Lake Eucumbene. We have fabulous journeys lined up for both locations that include a leisurely paddle along the water and hiking through the forestry surrounds. There are also plenty of wildlife to see including kangaroos, wombats, deer and a huge number of birds. Based on the discretion of the national park authorities, we will make a decision on which water body we will go to closer to the time as the parks have still not reopened following the bushfires through summer or COVID-19.
The below program rundown may alter slightly, however the rundown, particularly drop off and pick up times, will be confirmed prior to each program.
|Day 1||Drive to Program Location from school. Lunch stop available at students expense. Students provide own dinner.|
|Day 2||Hike/Paddle Day 1|
|Day 3||Hike/Paddle Day 2|
|Day 4||Hike/Paddle Day 3|
|Day 5||Hike/Paddle Day 4. Potentially stay at local Caravan Park, location pending. BBQ Dinner provided by YouthAdvance.|
|Day 6||Drive to school. Breakfast and lunch stop available at students expense.|
Average Purposeful Activity (P) = 8.5 hours
YouthAdvance will collect all participants from school and return them to school. As such, please meet at St Ursula’s College.
DROP OFF: 9.00 am, Day 1, at school.
PICK UP: 5.30 pm, Day 6, 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.
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 make the training, please contact us.
Route planning and a journey briefing will be undertaken at school prior to the trip and we will confirm timing closer to the time.
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.
Please us the following details as your assessor:
Assessor: YouthAdvance Guide name if known or use 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.
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]
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