The Great South West Journey has been specifically designed with BGS Year 9 boys in mind. In line with the School’s extensive Outdoor Education program, the 12-day journey will challenge the boys to perform as a team, while offering unique leadership opportunities.
The journey includes a mixture of canoeing, mountain biking and bushwalking, to provide access to different forms of journeying in a range of environments. This ensures that the boys have a well-rounded experience, as some will excel in particular areas, and may find it tougher in others. While the whole group will be in the area at once, the boys will be in small groups, of between 10 and 15, for their journey. The Lower Glenelg, Discovery Bay and Cobbobonee National Parks together, are unrivalled as a venue for such an extended journey.
The areas are naturally spectacular and offer a sense of remoteness, while still being relatively accessible. The Great South West can, at times, be quite diverse with its weather conditions. This will no doubt add to the challenge.
The itinerary has been deliberately designed to provide a physical and mental challenge. It will be imperative that the boys quickly bond and work as a team over the long days. This will be achieved with the assistance of two experienced Group Leaders, who will travel with the group and provide structure and guidance when necessary, but step back to create space for the boys to step up and lead when the opportunity arises.
Ultimately, the journey and experience will be owned and created by the boys. Additional specialist staff will travel with the groups during the canoe and mountain bike legs.
These staff members will provide initial instruction, and then step back to let the group manage itself, while maintaining safety as a priority. It promises to be an amazing journey!
Note – core program: no additional cost.
See a slideshow of the Great South West Journey 2018