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A Walk in the Park

10/06/2014

Coolum High’s students recently undertook a gruelling four day, three night bush walk around Mt Barney National Park as part of their journey to gain a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation.  During the hike, external trainers assessed students’ skills in navigation, minimising environmental impact, camping out and meal preparation.

This course is designed not only to enhance students’ interpersonal skills but also to set students on a pathway to a future career. Outdoor programs do not only develop students personally, but can also provide industry specific skills employers are looking for in areas such as the armed forces, eco-tourism and recreational camps.

However, for many of the students it was about rising to the challenge of carrying all food and camping gear required for four days and working as a team to achieve a goal.

Student spent hours hiking through beautiful scenery around Maroon Dam, canoeing across a river, building relationships and successfully working in a team.

The classes will be attending another camp later in the year where students will be honing their canoeing skills and working with instructors to deliver the program to students from other schools.