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- St Usrula's Bronze Qual Sept 17-18
September 17, 2021 - September 18, 2021
BRONZE QUALIFYING JOURNEY
This booking page is for St Ursula’s students only
REGISTRATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM CLOSE ON AUGUST 17, 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;
- On trip pre and post briefing;
- Participant maps, map cases and compasses (1 per participant)
PROGRAM OVERVIEW – Marramarra National Park, NSW
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 Marramarra 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.
On Day 2, the participant will continue where they left off the day before, designing their route to create their own adventure.
All participants must be dropped off to school
DROP OFF: 7.00 am, Day 1, at school.
PICK UP: 4.45 pm, Day 2, 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|
|7.00 am – Participants arrive at school||6.30 am – Participants wake|
|7.30 am – Bus departs for program location||6.45 am – Participants prepare breakfast|
|9.00 am – Bus arrives at program location||7.00 am – Participants break camp|
|9.00 am – Participants morning brief (P)||7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P)|
|10.00 am – Participants start planned route (P)||8.30 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)|
|4.00 pm – Participants arrive at camp||2.30 pm – Participants arrive at the finish point|
|4.15 pm – Group debrief session (P)||2.45 pm – Group debrief session (P)|
|4.45 pm – Participants set up camp||3.00 pm – Bus departs program location|
|6.00 pm – Participants prepare dinner||4.45 pm – Participants arrive at school for collection|
|7.00 pm – Night session – discussion on risk management and route planning|
|8.00 pm – Participants in tents|
|(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
- Stove & Gas Bottle (if you are planning to cook dinner on your AJ)
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.
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 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.
AWARD LEADER APPROVAL: POST-PROGRAM
To finalise the Journey Section a REPORT needs to be written. Please look at the report template before the journey so you know what to record when you are on the hike and keep the route plan so it can be included in the report. All sections of this template are required.
Supervisor and assessor sign-off will be completed in the ORB following your hike.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
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.