Junior School Camps

 Year 2 
Environment: Adelaide Zoo
School Value: Adventurous Learners – introduction to outdoor education
Duration: Over night
Themes and Activities:

Night walk

Animal close-up

Behind the scenes feeding

 Year 3 
Environment: Aldinga
School Value: Respectful Relationships
Duration: 2 days
Themes and Activities:

Nature art

Adventure course

Scavenger hunt

School values integration


Environmental Exploration

 Year 4 
Environment: Douglas Scrub
School Value: Adventurous Learning
Duration: 2 days
Themes and Activities:

Audrey the outback text

Cubby house construction

Adventure course

Plants and animals

Nature art

Outdoor cooking

 Year 5 
Environment: Wirraway
School Value: A True & Courageous Self
Duration: 3 days
Themes and Activities:

Horse riding

Rock climbing


Problem solving


Risk taking

 Year 6 
Environment: Canberra
School Value: All 4 Values
Duration: 5 days 
Themes and Activities:

Visits to Parliament House

The Governor General's House

The Mint

War Memorial


National Art Gallery




Middle School Camps

As girls move through the Middle School, the outdoor education program provides experiences that further challenge and develop them emotionally, physically and spiritually.

As part of a balanced education, the program encourages girls to explore and expand their horizons. It is our belief that this enables girls to learn valuable skills, gain independence and work effectively in teams.

The Year 7 camp program aims to use the outdoors to develop in students an understanding and an appreciation of the natural environment and the need for its conservation. Students will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes across a range of outdoor leisure activities that have minimal impact on the environment. The students are encouraged to work effectively within a small group encouraging responsibility, resilience and cooperation.

Personal growth activities and group tasks are designed to challenge the students and to complement their classroom studies. Emphasis is placed on students negotiating roles and developing their resilience, confidence, co-operation skills, independence and responsibility for their actions.

A compulsory five-day camp offers bushwalking, tenting, outdoor cooking, navigation skills, group and personal initiative activities, within the parameters of safety and the needs of the group. A preparation day for students covers key aspects of organisation and logistics.

Personal growth activities and group tasks are designed to challenge the students and to complement their classroom studies. Emphasis is placed on students developing their confidence, their co-operation skills and responsibility for their actions. An informal assessment involving teacher observation and student feedback is used to determine the degree of attainment of the stated aims.

All Year 9 students at Wilderness School benefit from a unique and dynamic learning experience at our Crawford campus that reaches beyond the physical confines of the classroom. In this learning environment, students are supported to become capable, confident and connected young women who are resilient and resourceful in the face of challenges and uncertainty.

Wilderness has developed this program in keeping with our school values, our principles of learning and our existing curricula.

The program aims to challenge the girls using a team of qualified, supportive and encouraging staff. This enables girls the opportunity to discover that challenges can be faced and overcome with persistence and cooperation.

Girls have the opportunity to:

  • be independent individuals who take responsibility for themselves and apply the principles of sound nutrition and personal fitness during a critical period in their development
  • understand themselves through quiet contemplation and reflection
  • experience authentic learning within a natural and unfamiliar environment
  • build mutually supportive friendships and an enduring group spirit.
  • face challenges individually and as part of a team
  • practise intelligent behaviours that promote resilience, resourcefulness, responsible risk taking and reflectiveness
  • engage in critical, creative and caring thinking with mindfulness and deep understanding
  • contribute to the local community through service learning
  • explore further ways in which they can contribute to the sustainability of our physical environment