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Wilderness Youth Leadership Development Trust
Since the early 80's, through the combination of youth work practices and wilderness-experience programming, our personal belief has always been that: "the wilderness setting removes urban distractions and simplifies options to help young people gain insight into their core values and enables participants to take responsibility for their own actions and to accept the consequences of their own personal choices."
The WYLD Camps Project was established in the early 90's by Andrew Stuart, Tracey Hodgson (nee Miller) & Judith de Vries, as a character development program for children aged 10 to 13 and young people aged 14 to 21. Andrew ran the program in WA for many years, of which naturally developed into some fantastic partnerships with Local Government Authorities such as the Shire of Murray, the Shire of Manjimup and also the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire. As well as programming wilderness experience expeditions, weekend camps and also day-activities in partnership with numerous schools and NFP community groups throughout WA.
Through the establishment of the WYLD Trust, Outdoor Gear Australia continued to support the work of the WYLD Camps Project and the WYLD Youth Worker Training workshops and associated outdoor adventure therapy activities. OGA was just one of the original founding sponsors and program supporters, providing most of the high quality outdoor gear and equipment to the Project.
The original goals of this youth-focussed outdoor adventure program are: "To promote personal growth through an experiential leaning focus on insight-oriented wilderness experiences and outdoor adventures." Recently the WYLD Camps Project has retired on the organisational delivery front with regards to programming wilderness activities, however we do offer a consultancy service to enable community groups to establish their own wilderness-adventure therapy program and related therapeutic outdoor recreation activity service provision here in WA.
We also support WA campsites with consultancy, design, project management and maintenance services with building Low Ropes Challenge Courses, together with designing Kids Backyard Zip Lines. We currently supply high quality outdoor gear and equipment for community groups who also wish to construct their own nature-based play facilities, throughout Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and even more recently into Singapore.
Association for Challenge Course Technology
The ACCT is a trade organisation, serving Challenge Course Professionals all over the world. The purpose of the association is to promote the use of Challenge Ropes Courses and to set minimum standards for Challenge Course installation, maintenance operation and inspection.
Professional Ropes Course Association
The PRCA is a contemporary and progressive association that supports the development and regulation of the challenge ropes course and canopy tour/zip line industry.
Work Safe - Flying Fox Construction: If you are seriously considering building your own 'backyard' Flying Fox style set up, we suggest you refer to either AS2316 Part 2 (Flying Foxes) or WorkSafe (Vic) Guidelines, as severe penalties have been applied to both commercial and domestic (i.e. on private property) flying fox operators due to serious accidents or deaths in the last couple of years. This is a high recomendation from us.
If you’re a parent looking for ideas on how to get your children more involved in outdoor activities in Western Australia, then you’ve come to the right place. There are lots of reasons why kids should make the move from the TV or computer room to the outdoors. Probably the best reason is that it’s fun, and you and your kids will be happier and healthier doing things together.
Why get families outdoors?
There are lots of reasons why kids should make the move from the TV or computer room to the outdoors. Probably the best reason is that it’s fun, and you and your kids will be happier and healthier doing things together.
But there are other important considerations. Research undertaken around the world indicates there are real benefits for children being involved in nature.
Such research indicates that:
- Children benefit from appropriate risk-taking during outdoor play, by helping them refine their motor skills and gain confidence in being physically active
- Older children who spend more time outside tend to be more physically active and less likely to be overweight, and
- School gardens positively affect children’s learning and behavior, and that students involved in gardening develop a better school attitude, student bonding and teamwork.
For more evidence of the benefits of nature play, visit there News and Research page.
The Nature Play WA site has heaps of ideas for activities and adventures – in your backyard, around your neighbourhood, and across Perth and Western Australia.
Quite simply, nature is good for us. Evidence shows that it is important, healthy and fun for children to have frequent and varied opportunities for play outdoors – and especially outdoors with natural vegetation – as a part of their everyday lives.
When they do, they are happier, healthier and smarter. They are more self-disciplined and focused. They are more self-confident, creative and cooperative. They are better problem solvers, more optimistic and more physically fit. Family ties are strengthened, a sense of community is nourished and a sense of place is cultivated.
The natural environment provides not just a restorative and relaxing setting but gives children, in particular, a boundless reservoir to explore, discover and imagine and to stimulate all their senses. Children appreciate unmanicured places and the adventure and mystery of hiding places, which are found in abundance in natural areas, and playing in a natural environment results in a greater awareness of the world around them. Exposure to nature may also reduce the symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and improve children’s cognitive abilities and resistance to potentially harmful stressors and depression (Louv 2005).
The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walk trails, stretching nearly 1000km from Kalamunda, a suburb in the hills on the outskirts of Perth, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. It passes through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia: http://www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au/