Insights and self-knowledge gained in the outdoors can contribute to the way a boy manages the situations he meets in other parts of his life. The outdoor program provides learning experiences on many levels. These are enjoyed by boys as they extend their knowledge of themselves, their fellows and the natural environment.
The school’s outdoor program begins at Leppitt Outdoor Centre overlooking Lake Eppalock in central Victoria. It provides facilities for residential camping and access to a variety of outdoor instructional venues. These include forests, rivers and the lake.
In Years Seven and Eight, each boy spends a week at either Lake Eppalock or Lake Nillahcootie. These camps focus on `learning by doing’. Enjoyment, fun and new experiences combine with elements that will extend each boy.
A major focus for Year 9 (five days) and Year 10 (nine days) is an expedition to another area in Victoria. Depending upon the season this may be rafting, cycling or hiking. The School uses the Licola campsite (600 acres) for Year 9 base camps, bushwalking and some kayaking.
Whilst instruction is geared to the beginner, more experienced students have opportunities to extend their capabilities. In successive years, basic skills are consolidated and extended. They include first-aid, map-reading, bush navigation, outdoor cooking, minimal impact camping, sailing, canoeing, rafting, bushwalking, rock climbing and abseiling. Students operate in small groups and are fully involved in the day-to-day aspects of outdoor living. They set up camp, cook and clean, organise and maintain group and personal equipment.