ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE AT CAMP LAURENCE

Camp Laurence offers an exciting range of fun outdoor based activities for primary school students through to secondary school students.

Camp Laurence operates within the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (AAAS) ratio of participants to instructors for all of our adventure based activities which is currently 15 to 18 participants with 1 Camp Laurence Instructor and 1 Teacher from your school.

It is our aim to have the same instructor accompany the group throughout the program so that the desired outcomes can be achieved through their journey together. Our Instructors follow a ‘challenge by choice’ philosophy, whereby they will encourage participants to push their own personal boundaries, be a positive contributor to the group and walk away from camp having learnt something about themselves.

Abseiling

Located 2km from Camp Laurence on neighbouring property over-looking the stunning Lake Moogerah and surrounding mountains, our natural face abseil cliff is sure to get hearts pumping.  Students will be given a safety brief of the equipment and techniques involved such as knot tying, belaying and abseiling. Following this, participants have the opportunity to abseil down the cliff under the guidance of our Instructors.  This session can be included in an overnight campout or 4 hour session.

Archery

Concentration, focus and personal achievement are all attributes of Archery.

Camp Laurence Instructors will brief students on the different equipment used (bow, string, arrows, target). Following this they will give a demonstration and outline the safety components and group expectations.

Canoeing

This session will allow participants to learn the basic techniques and strokes involved in canoeing whilst working with their partner to manoeuvre efficiently through the water. While on their journey, students will visit an area on Lake Moogerah known as the gorge and be able to view the dam wall that ‘plugged’ Reynolds Creek back in 1961.

Damper Making

Perfect for Primary aged students, Damper Making is a fun, informative and sometimes messy activity that results in everyone enjoying warm damper filled with golden syrup!

Students will learn the history of damper and where it originated from, how to build a fire and the three elements of fire; heat, fuel, oxygen. 

Giants Ladder

This High Ropes activity involves two students working together to make it to the top of an oversize ladder. The remainder of the group is on the ‘donkey belay’ at the other end of the ropes keeping the climbers safe. Emphasis is on the whole group working together and supporting one another.

Gorge Walk

Located approximately 2km from Camp Laurence, the ‘gorge’ is a spectacular creek lined rocky embankment. This session gives students the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the creek, rock hop along the embankment and take in the views of Lake Moogerah. Students will be given a safety brief by our Instructor with an emphasis on the boundaries that can be explored. 

High Ropes

Our two dynamic High Ropes courses offer students an opportunity to really step beyond their comfort zones, challenge themselves and learn what they are capable of. During this activity, students will be given an equipment safety briefing, learn belay techniques and be given a demonstration of the operating procedures. This activity focuses on personal challenge, support for one another and encouragement.

Low Ropes

Camp Laurence has two Low Ropes courses located onsite. The Mohawk Walk is a series of high-strength cables strung between trees or poles where the wire length gets longer and longer. The aim is for the group to traverse the series of expanding cable spans without falling off while using each other for support.  Our other Low Ropes course is comprised of 7 elements of varying difficulty where teams of three (1 participant and 2 spotters) support each other to complete the course without touching the ground. This activity promotes trust, teamwork, patience, planning and support.

Mountain Biking

Students will be issued with the correct size bike and helmet. Following this, the Camp Laurence Instructor will explain and demonstrate the various skills associated with mountain biking e.g. braking, gear changes, body position. After completing the skills session on the oval, students will progress to an offsite, single-trail track.

Raft Building

Students will be given a series of equipment to build themselves a raft to ‘rescue’ someone from the pontoon which sits approximately 20m off the shoreline. Emphasis is on working together, identifying each other’s strengths and communication among the group.

Orienteering

We have three different orienteering courses here at Camp Laurence catering for all different age groups, abilities and desired challenge level. Our offsite course (designed for secondary students) is a 6.5km hike with 14 checkpoints along the way to find. Students are given a compass and safety briefing, then divided into groups of 5, issued with a radio and first aid kit then sent on their way to complete the course. Our second course still involves using compasses and bearings to find the checkpoints, however students stay onsite at Camp Laurence. Our final course involves the use of a map only to find the onsite checkpoints. Students learn to orientate themselves and the map by using features such as the lake and buildings as points of reference. 

Overnight Camping & Expeditions

Students will be issued with a backpack, sleeping mat, tent (shared between 3), cooking equipment and food. After being taught how to waterproof their sleeping bag and a lesson in navigation (the use of maps and compasses), students will leave the campsite by canoe, hike or mountain bike towards their campsite. Upon arrival, they will set up camp and have the responsibility of cooking their dinner that night followed by breakfast the next morning.

Problem Solving

Our problem solving activity involves students working together to solve a problem they have been presented. This core focus of this team building challenge is on planning, problem solving and creative thinking rather than on physical ability. They are a great way to challenge groups, begin or enhance the team building process, or simply have fun!