Outdoor Education makes a valuable contribution to the complete education of students, providing experiences, challenges and skills. Our focus is on "Growing, Living and Learning".
In facing challenges, students mature in their attitudes toward themselves; and in living with other students of the same level, they appreciate better the strengths of others. This programme takes students 'beyond the classroom', while still ensuring that valuable learning is achieved.
The challenge is tailored to meet the needs and capabilities of the students. Camps are organised for Years 5, 6 and 7. For some Year Levels, this may be an inter-state trip to a destination such as Tasmania. The aims of the camps are for students and staff to appreciate each other and interact in different environments.
The Year 7 Camp is held during the first few weeks of the year and is designed to assist both new and former Junior School students to assimilate into the Senior School. This is a camp designed around the five House groups and allows students and Heads of House to form bonds which it is hoped will last through Senior School.
The Years 8, 9 and 10 Camps are adventure training. Students live in tents and prepare and cook their own meals. They are introduced to outdoor activities and problem solving exercises: orienteering, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, hiking and first aid are some of the activities introduced.
In Year 11, students may choose from a range of camps offered. Camps may include Hiking, Climbing, Horse Riding, Navigation, Sailing, Sea Kayaking and Community Service.
Attendance at outdoor educational camps is a compulsory part of the Somerset College programme for all staff and students.