Our senior camp is for youth aged 13-17 years old and are either 3 or 4 nights in length. The program features a selection of outdoor adventure activities suited to the season, accommodation is on-site in cabins and at least one night spent out of the campsite in huts or tents (depending on weather). All meals are provided as well as a shuttle service to Yass, Canberra and Coolac. Our senior camp promotes leadership, personal growth, and independence and provides campers with a challenging adventure experience.
Adventure Extreme Camp
Similar to the senior adventure camp, the adventure extreme camp is for youth aged 13-17 years old. The program is journey based and will involve camping in tents, this Summer we plan on doing an overnight canoeing expedition on the Goodradigbee River, as well as a range of other adventurous activities. The adventure extreme camp will focus on building resilience and leadership, and teach campers basic outdoor survival skills. All meals are provided as well as a shuttle service to Yass, Canberra and Coolac.
What will my child be doing on camp?
On senior camp youth will be able to participate in a range of activities that we offer depending on the season. Not all off our activities will be included on camp, and the program will consist of major and minor activities. They will also choose an elective activity, either horse riding or dirt bike riding. View a sample program below for a single day on camp.
|Morning tea and prepare for activities
|Major activity electives – (horse riding or dirt bikes)
|Minor activity – (bushwalking)
|Minor Activity – (raft building)
|Showers and free time
|Night activity – (campfire)
What’s included in the fees?
All meals including morning/afternoon teas and lunch on the day of arrival and departure.
Accommodation in cabins with communal bathrooms.
Daily program full of adventure activities run by qualified staff.
Shuttle bus service.
Quality pastoral care.
What’s not included:
Insurance for personal injury or loss/theft of property.
How does the shuttle bus work?
Our shuttle bus can pick up and drop off your child at the following locations.
Yass – Yass Information Centre, 259 Comur St Yass
Murrumbateman – Jones Park Rest Area
Belconnen – Macdermott Place Boat Ramp, Macdermott Place Belconnen
Waramanga – Stromlo High School, Corner of Namatjira Drive & Badimara Street, Waramanga
Coolac – Coolac Recreation Grounds, 431 Coolac Rd, Coolac
See the bus timetable below, the times specify when the bus departs. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the departure time.
Canberra & Yass Bus
|Pick up departure time
|Drop off departure time
Hume Highway Bus
|Pick up departure time
|Drop off departure time
What should my child bring?
A program will be emailed prior to the camp commencing to help with packing.
General packing list:
- Shirts with sleeves, long pants for horse riding, and hiking.
- Warm clothes
- Closed in shoes
- Bed linen – sleeping bag, sheets, pillow, pillow slips, blankets, etc.
- Water bottle
- Swimmers (excludes winter programs)
- Old shoes and clothes that can get dirty (for activities such as caving)
- Plastic bag for dirty and/or wet clothes
- Sunscreen, hat and insect repellent
Please do not bring
- Any expensive items which may be misplaced.
- Mobile phones (there is limited reception). Campers have access to a land line phone should they need to contact parents/guardians during camp.
- Knives or other sharp and dangerous implements
- Matches or lighters
- Chewing or bubble gum
Is there a discount when booking more than one child?
Yes, we offer a sibling discount of $70 as well as a bring a friend discount of $70. When bringing a friend, only the person bringing a friend can claim a discount.
My child is 12 years old, can they attend senior camp?
Senior camp is for ages 13 -17, however, if the child is 12 turning 13 that school year then they are welcome to attend. We do not allow over 18s on camp.
Where can I find risk assessments for activities?
Risk assessments can be made available on request, please contact us.
How does overnight supervision work?
Staff are on site 24/7, once campers have been put to bed, staff sleep in separate staff accommodation near the cabins. If campers have any issues during the night they are told where their allocated leader is staying and they can knock on the door for assistance.
How does sponsorship work?
Sponsorship is for parents/carers that may need extra help to be able to pay for camps. Sponsorship funds are generously provided by our supporters who see the benefit in what we do. With the increased cost of living we understand that it may be hard for some people, but we believe children should still have the opportunity to come on camp. To apply for sponsorship for your child, please fill out the sponsorship form, this will be assessed by us, and you will be notified if you are successful and for what amount.
What is focus and refresh?
Mountain Trails is an organisation based on Christian values. As part of our school holiday camps each day has two, half hour sessions called focus. These are sessions in which children can participate in biblical learning and discussions, similar to SRE classes in schools.
Refresh is a short 15-minute session each day where children have the opportunity to debrief activities from the day with their peers and leaders. These sessions also include discussions about mental health and encourage personal growth.
What are elective activities?
In senior camp, campers can choose an elective activity that they participate in for two sessions during the week. The elective activities are horse riding and dirt bike riding, they can be selected at the time of booking.