Information for Schools

Positive Start

Information for Schools

Welcome to the Information for Schools section. On this webpage, you will find all information you need to book a Positive Start Journey-based program.

How to Book a Positive Start Journey Program

Check your school is eligible for the Positive Start program – If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Positive Start team at OV for further information.

Choose your preferred provider from the Journey Providers listed below.

Contact provider directly to book and discuss your specific program requirements.

For any enquiries or help with your booking, please feel free to contact the Outdoors Victoria Positive Start Team on 03 8822 2275 or email positivestart@outdoorsvictoria.org.au

Outdoor Activity Providers

The Positive Start in 2022 initiative is intended to provide additional camps and programs for students in 2022. It does not apply to camp and program bookings schools already have in place. However, booking additional programs to complement and extend upon existing camps and programs is supported.

Positive Start Journey programs are targeted towards students who haven’t before undertaken a Journey program and are therefore tailored to a schools needs and suitability, considering student age and varying level of student outdoor experience/skill.

Rest assured your Journey provider will supply you with all the information you need once you have made a booking and work closely with you to plan your unique experience.

Journey-based programs range in style, often involving multi-day group camping experience in a semi-wilderness context, with the aim to travel from point A to point B. Journeys may involve one or multiple forms of travel and/or outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, rafting or mountain biking. 

But if you feel your school/students are not yet ready for a fully light weight adventurous program our providers will work with you to design a program to meet your needs. This may involve something more like staying at a base camp and heading out on shorter Journeys from this base. Journey providers will work with schools and teachers to deliver a Journey Program that complements your planned curriculum and learning outcomes. 

Journey Programs offer experiential learning through immersive and unique outdoor adventure and are well suited for Year 5 -12  students ready to explore themselves, apply self-discipline, planning and problem-solving techniques, and cooperate with their peers throughout the experience. The student outcomes often include:

→ Personal growth, resilience and empowerment 

→ Connection to nature and environmental awareness 

→ Sense of community, teamwork and social cohesion 

→ Life-long skills and memories

Journey-based programs can generally be tailored to provide great outcomes for students in Secondary years and it is also very possible to deliver great supported Journey programs for students in upper Primary years.

The Positive Start Journey program providers are keen to hear from schools no matter the size of your cohort. From groups as small as 12 up to full year levels, there is a provider who can work with your school to deliver a program.

Accompanying staff do not require skills relating to outdoor education and will not be expected to actively assist with specialised activities during the program. Each Journey Program will be fully staffed by suitably qualified Journey Provider staff.

Accompanying teachers/staff may be responsible for:

→ Student wellbeing/Pastoral care.

→ Helping to organise some camp tasks, such as mealtime set up and cleaning.

→ Helping to manage the group during specialist activities.

→ Potentially running activities such as art sessions and evening activities.

→ Minor first aid issues such as cuts and scratches.

Absolutely everything students need to take part in a Positive Start Journey program is provided, there is no cost to schools or parents/carers. All program and student equipment will be provided by Journey providers; such as tents, hiking packs, waterproof clothing, bikes etc. Even if you don’t have a sleeping bag our providers can provide that too. There are no additional travel costs, this is also included in the program.  

This truly is an incredible opportunity not to miss out on!

Outdoors Victoria and DET understand the importance of doing all we can to ensure programs are delivered professionally and that risks are well managed and the student experience is a quality one.

Before being accepted as part of the Positive Start Journey program, providers were required to submit evidence of their suitability and have been approved by DET. OV will also conduct ongoing review of provider suitability to ensure a quality experience. 

It is expected that all providers will operate according to appropriate industry accreditation, applying the Australian Adventure Activity Standards and DET guidelines. Providers must also have suitable Child Protection policies and procedures in place.

All Positive Start Journey Providers have Covid Safe practices in place that meet current government regulations and follow advice from the DHHS. They have been delivering programs when possible throughout the Covid 19 Pandemic and are very capable of ensuring Covid 19 best practice.

For further information regarding the specifics of these practices, please contact the Journey Provider directly.

Contact us for any enquiries that you might have in relation to journey-based camps.

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