Camps are seen as an integral part of the Buckley Park College curriculum as they enable students to explore, extend and enrich their learning and their social skills development, in a non-school setting. They complement, and are an important aspect of the educational programs offered at the school. Our school wide camp program has been developed to meaningfully engage students with our college values; namely, determination, respect, trust, honesty, responsibility, creativity, and tolerance. Camps provide a valuable opportunity for enhancing the social and academic development of students, participating in a range of outdoor and adventure activities not normally available within the classroom based curriculum; and enriching the sense of belonging of both teachers and students to the school community. Furthermore, all of our camps aim to offer our students enjoyable and memorable experiences that support the establishment and progression of meaningful learning relationships between peers, and with teachers.

Aims / Purpose

  • To reinforce, complement and extend the learning opportunities beyond the classroom
  • To develop an understanding that learning is not limited to school, and that valuable and powerful learning takes place in the real world.
  • To provide a safe, secure learning experience for students in a venue external to the school.
  • To further develop social skills such as cooperation, tolerance, communication, individual and group interaction.
  • To further develop problem solving and life survival skills.
  • To extend understanding of their physical and cultural environment.


There are year level camps which are an integral part of the school curriculum. The section on the left lists these camps (dates are  approximate).



Additional camps are also run depending on need and demand.

Year Level


Duration (approx.)



Outdoor Education


During unit




During unit



4 days



Music Camp

3 days



Overseas tour

Japan & Germany in alternate years



Year Level Camps

Year 7 Orientation & Outdoor Recreation

(3 days in February)

  • to give new students an opportunity to meet each other
  • to break down barriers from formal classroom situation
  • to ensure a successful transition to secondary school life
  • to enable students to build lasting relationships with teachers


Year 8 Tasmania Tour

(5 days in May)

  • to further enhance student/teacher relationships
  • to give students an experience of touring with their peers
  • the tour forms part of the Humanities curriculum


Year 9 Lady Northcote Camp

(3 days in June)

  • to develop student team building and initiative
  • to build on understanding of school, team and personal values
  • to continue to develop student/teacher relationships


Year 10 Interstate Tour

(6-9 days in June)

  • to develop student/student relationships outside the classroom
  • to further develop student/teacher relationships
  • to observe parts of Australia that link in with Year 10 curriculum


Year 11 VCE Induction

(3 days on February)

  • to develop a cohesive student group
  • to develop positive student/teacher relationships
  • to prepare students for the challenges associated with VCE and VCAL

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