YMCA NSW Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion & Camp­ing

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THE YMCA NSW Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion & Camp­ing pro­gram aims to pro­vide unique out­door ed­u­ca­tion and camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that in­spire all peo­ple to be health­ier and more con­nected to their com­mu­nity.

Par­tic­i­pants in our pro­grams gain many op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence the three pil­lars of the new YMCA NSW Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion & Camp­ing Learn­ing Frame­work: en­hanced per­sonal growth, strength­ened sense of com­mu­nity, and con­nec­tion with the nat­u­ral world.

Each camp ex­pe­ri­ence de­liv­ers on th­ese pil­lars, with pro­grams de­signed and fa­cil­i­tated for each group based on the de­sired learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences se­lected by the school dur­ing the plan­ning stages.

All Y staff un­der­stand the pos­i­tive im­pact that out­door ed­u­ca­tion and camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ences can have on in­di­vid­u­als and teams and work with in­tent to pro­vide the best learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble to all par­tic­i­pants.

YMCA NSW out­door ed­u­ca­tion and camp­ing pro­grams are friendly and in­clu­sive. All par­tic­i­pants are wel­come, di­ver­sity is em­braced, and YMCA NSW staff role model pos­i­tive, re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour.

Our pro­grams cover 3 de­signs:


Par­tic­i­pants are based at Camp Yar­ra­mundi.

Each day the par­tic­i­pants take part in pro­grammed ac­tiv­i­ties that are de­signed to chal­lenge them at both a per­sonal and group level.

The ac­tiv­i­ties may in­clude prob­lem solv­ing ini­tia­tives, team build­ing, ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cused on con­nec­tion to the nat­u­ral world, build­ing re­silience & en­hanc­ing per­sonal growth.


This pro­gram in­tro­duces new skills re­quired to progress to jour­ney-based pro­grams.

Us­ing site-based fa­cil­i­ties at Camp Yar­ra­mundi and the nat­u­ral bush­land of Dee­imba, stu­dents will learn ba­sic camp skills in­clud­ing pack­ing, meal prepa­ra­tion and cook­ing.

Stu­dents will also learn es­sen­tial jour­ney-based skills in­clud­ing ex­pe­di­tion, ba­sic rope skills and nav­i­ga­tion with a strong fo­cus on the con­nec­tion to nat­u­ral world we are work­ing in.


Our jour­ney based pro­grams take stu­dents to the next level, with a strong em­pha­sis on lead­er­ship, so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and pro­tect­ing the nat­u­ral world. The jour­neys can in­volve 4 jour­ney types;

1. Bush walk­ing - stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the mag­nif­i­cence of the Blue Moun­tains Na­tional Park. The walks can take stu­dents to the top of Grose Head South, with views deep into the Grose Val­ley and Devils Wilder­ness, some de­scend into the Blue Gum Swamp and oth­ers nav­i­gate through un­tracked ter­rain to meet with the Ne­pean River.

2. Ca­noe – Groups can find them­selves ex­plor­ing the Grose, Hawkesbury and Ne­pean Rivers. They are mostly flat wa­ter with a few peb­ble rac­ers for added value.

3. River walk - Stu­dents can con­tinue their jour­ney up the Grose River in a dif­fer­ent style. This is a chal­leng­ing walk through an­kle and waist deep wa­ter with the oc­ca­sional swim­ming hole. The walk fin­ishes with a short as­cent to the Dee­imba Camp Ground.

4. Cliff-top – Stu­dents ex­plore the cliff faces and rock for­ma­tions on the Dee­imba prop­erty bor­der­ing the Blue Moun­tains Na­tional Park. This day teaches ba­sic rop­ing skills, ab­seil­ing and top rope climb­ing.

Con­nect to the nat­u­ral world, En­hanced Per­sonal Growth & Strength­ened Sense of Com­mu­nity are the three pil­lars of the new YMCA NSW Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion & Camp­ing Learn­ing Frame­work.

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