Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education Program has been developed over 50 years and the Department has continually strived to provide more challenging educational opportunities for our boys. Presently all Outdoor Education camps for Years 3-11 use external providers in a variety of locations across the state, Australia and internationally.

An extensive and challenging sequential program develops according to the age and abilities and past experiences of the students. With each year level comes not only more challenging experiences, but also more time and distance away from home.


Junior School

Through the context of their camp and the outdoor setting, Glendalough students learn about themselves, their peers, the wider community and the natural environment.The Glendalough camp activities vary per year level but generally include bushwalking, orienteering, low ropes course, caving, canoeing, climbing and abseiling.

Senior School

Secondary classes then build upon the the Glendalough experiences by venturing further afield, travelling throughout Victoria, Australia and overseas with increased lengths of time extending up to 17 days. Locations include Freycinet National Park, Blue Mountains, Katherine Gorge and Lorne.

OAP Leaders Program

OAP leaders are a select group of up to 50 students undertaking a 2 year Outdoor Leadership program.  Upon completion of the two stage training course in Year 11, the boys are placed with a younger year level class where a year-long peer support role exists.

The duration of each Outdoor Education program also increases, as the boys get older. Outdoor Education programs involve a process of evaluation and debriefing whether through group discussion or the use of Journals for reflection during and at the conclusion of each program.



To view additional details on the Outdoor Education Program, including Letters to Parents and forms, Parents are invited to access the SKC Portal.