Programs at Bickley

Bickley offers some great opportunities for getting active outdoors.

Programs at Bickley were first delivered in 1988. Bickley was the first Department camp site to offer outdoor recreation programs. Over the next two years, under the management of Russell Small, the camp facilitated a range of activities including orienteering, low ropes, team games, bush walking, abseiling, flying fox and canoeing. Over the last two decades, the camp has expanded its range of outdoor recreation program options. It currently offers 15 different standard program options. In addition to these programs, the camp has and continues to facilitate a wide range of custom programs for school and non-school groups, including corporate work place adventures.

The primary outcome of programs offered at Bickley supports the agency’s emphasis on promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

By incorporating participation in recreation and physical activity during camping experiences, recreation programs provide a chance for the camp’s guests to experience new activities, learn or develop new skills, explore the benefits of physical activity and promote the maintenance of healthy lifestyles.

In order to meet these outcomes, the Bickley Camp operates on the ethos of Challenge by Choice.

 
Flying Fox - Close Up (2)

Challenge by Choice

All camp instructors facilitate programs in accordance with the philosophy of Challenge by Choice. This is based on experiential learning theory, which we define as being able to undertake an experience that a participant can relate back to their life or existing lifestyle in a positive way.

There is an understanding that everyone has varying thresholds for challenge and these challenges can range in their nature and variety. We aim to provide an experience that enables participants to determine their own level of challenge and broaden and develop their perceived limitations through participation in adventure activities both in individual and team environments.

All camps staff will aim to provide a safe experience in which the participant can explore and extend their abilities and limitations. Our Department Camps Program Standards and Instructor Code of Ethics encompass that overriding intent. Participation through excessive pressure and intimidation will not be supported.  

This ethos recognises that the attempt is more significant than the result.

Clothing and attire during programs

Participants are required to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. This includes:

  • Fully enclosed and secure footwear must be worn during all programs.
  • Hats should be worn on all programs.
  • Shorts that cover, at a minimum, half of the thigh should be worn for roping programs.
  • Tee-shirts that cover shoulders.
  • Midriff tops should not be worn on any programs.
  • Long hair must be secured in a ponytail when participating in roping programs.
  • Long necklaces, chains, scarves or similar items are to be removed before the commencement of roping programs.
  • Participants should wear a t-shirt or rash vest and shorts when participating in aquatic programs.
  • Body piercings may need to be covered on request from the instructor in charge.
Advanced Abseiling - Close Up - Intermediate Face

Programs

Bickley offers structured recreation programs. Year levels are based on recommendations from the Department of Education and DSR Camps Chain Safety Group. Some programs are offered to younger students, however please contact the camp for more information.

Roping programs

Participant on a climbing wall

Onsite abseiling (years 7+)

  • Duration: 3.5 hours.
  • The onsite beginners abseiling program consists of a five and 10 metre abseil on a natural rock adjacent to the campsite.
  • Top rope belaying is used on all abseiling programs.

Quarry abseiling (years 9+)

  • Duration: 6 hours.
  • The quarries have a beginner, intermediate and advanced slope to allow participants to progress their ability. The slope ranges from 25m to 55m in height and from a gentle slope to an overhang. Quarry abseiling is our advanced abseiling program. This program utilises quarries that have been modified for abseiling and climbing in the metropolitan area. Quarry abseiling is great for people looking for a challenging outdoor experience in a safe environment. There is no need to have prior abseiling experience. This program is run by highly-skilled and accredited staff. Top rope belaying is used on all abseiling programs.

Climbing wall (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • The climbing wall is nine metres high and allows two participants to climb at the same time. It consists of a variety of climbing holds and has an overhang section at the top. A good climber utilises balance, strength and flexibility to scale vertical heights. Advice on good climbing technique is provided by qualified instructors for a challenging and rewarding experience.

Crate climb (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • A roping program that involves the group building structures to allow each participant to climb to various heights as required by the task. Although only one person is climbing at a time, the rest of the group are required to stabilise the structure and add to its complexity. Participants leaving the ground are attached to a safety line and everyone wears protective helmets.

Flying fox (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Offers a 50m high speed traverse across the picturesque Bickley Reservoir. Participants can add extra challenge and excitement to the activity once they are familiar with the operation and are deemed confident.

Leap of faith (years 8+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • This activity consists of a 9m high wooden pole, with a small platform on top. Participants are required to climb the pole, stand on the platform and then jump for a trapeze bar. Nerves of steel are required for this leap of faith. All participants wear a full body harness and helmet.

Vertical challenge

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • The vertical challenge activity consists of three independent climbing elements: a ladder climb,vertical cargo net and a pole climb that incorporates the use of rock climbing holds. Participants work in small groups to safely belay the climbers up each element before lowering them back to the ground.The use of belay banks allows all the participants to be involved at all times. Participants leaving the ground are attached to a safety line and everyone wears harnesses and protective helmets.

Water programs

Canoeing close up

Canoeing (years 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Participants are guided through basic canoe maneuverability and safety aspects, including the techniques of rafting up and capsize recovery. Each participant is provided with a personal flotation device (PFD) and a paddle. During the session participants may be involved in a number of activities including shuttle and obstacle course races, canoe polo, balancing challenges or simply a leisurely paddle on the reservoir.

Raft making (years 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Each participant is provided with a personal flotation device (PFD) and a paddle.
    Participants are given advice on how to construct rafts using ropes, planks and drums. They then build rafts in teams in preparation for a major paddle challenge. This program is a unique team building activity aimed at encouraging a group to work together more effectively.

Swimming supervision

  • Duration: 1 hour including brief.  
  • Supervision for swimming can be provided to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.
  • Staff are trained to perform rescues and provide first aid if required.

Land programs

Team Building - Minefield

Icebreakers (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • A series of fun and interactive activities designed to break the ice. Participants work together with their group members to gain a greater understanding of themselves as a person and as a team member. These games are entertaining and a great way to begin your camp experience.

Mountain biking beginner (years 8+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Camp offers two mountain biking programs – a beginners and an advanced. The beginner's program requires a reasonable level of fitness and basic bike handling skills. This ride is 7km in length and takes you from Bickley Camp to Victoria Reservoir and back.This ride takes in the scenery of the Victoria Reservoir Catchment Area.

 Mountain biking advanced (years 8+)

  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • The advanced program requires a moderate level of fitness and moderate bike handling skills. The advanced program is 13.5km in length and includes some downhill track and sections of rocky descent. This ride takes in the scenery of the Victoria Reservoir Catchment Area.

Orienteering (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Participants use topographical maps of the Bickley Valley to search for and locate markers in the surrounding area. Two-way radios are provided for Orienteering teams to keep in contact with the instructor. This program supports map reading skills, teamwork, prioritising, communication and cooperation to obtain more points than other teams. For groups with minimal experience in the use of topographical maps, the instructor will teach the participants how to use these maps effectively.

Search and rescue (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • This program is popular as it supports map reading and deciphering skills in a team setting. Participants use detailed topographical maps of the Bickley Valley area and two-way radios to locate the missing military remnants and obtain the code words. They must be on the look-out for the enemy to avoid being captured.

Team building (years 1+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • This program is a collection of team challenges designed to make participants think outside the square to solve an array of problems. The problems are designed to develop and improve group skills. Improved communication, cooperation, trust and leadership can be achieved through this program.

Pricing

Prices are tiered for school groups, not-for-profit community groups and corporate groups.

School groups

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $29.00 $435
Quarry abseiling Roping $59.00 $1180
Leap of faith Roping $13.50 $202.50
Vertical challenges Roping $13.50 $202.50
Flying fox Roping $13.50 $202.50
Climbing wall Roping $13.50 $202.50
Crate climb Roping $13.50 $202.50
Canoeing Water $15.00 $225
Raft making Water $15.00 $225
Aquatic supervisor Water Hourly Instructor rate
Team building Land $10.00 $150
Search and rescue Land $15.00 $225
Ice breaking games Land $6.00 $192
Orienteering Land $10.00 $150
Mountain biking (beginner) Land $15.00 $225
Mountain biking (advanced) Land $29.00 $435
Bickley challenge (half day) Mixed N/A N/A
Bickley challenge (full day) Mixed N/A N/A


Booking conditions for school groups

  1. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities, instructors etc.
  2. Rates charged are those current at the time of occupancy and are inclusive of GST.
  3. Self catering charge $2.00 per person per day (no charge for 4-year-olds or under).
  4. Aquatic supervisor must be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  5. Bookings for day programs only in Term 1 and 4 subject to camp approval.
  6. Day programs will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
  7. The minimum charge is the deposit for a single activity day program to proceed.
  8. A deposit of 80% of the total per person charge is required for multiple activity day programs.
  9. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
  10. Day visitor charge of $3.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs that exceed 3 hours onsite.
  11. Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 10am.
  12. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.


Community groups

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $35.00 $525.00
Quarry abseiling Roping $70.00 $1,400.00
Leap of faith Roping $18.00 $270.00
Vertical challenges Roping $18.00 $270.00
Flying fox Roping $18.00 $270.00
Climbing wall Roping $18.00 $270.00
Crate climb Roping $18.00 $270.00
Canoeing Water $18.50 $277.50
Raft making Water $18.50 $277.50
Aquatic supervisor Water Hourly Instructor rate
Team building Land $11.50 $172.50
Search and rescue Land $18.50 $277.50
Ice breaking games Land $9.00 $288.00
Orienteering Land $11.50 $172.50
Mountain biking (beginner) Land $22.00 $330.00
Mountain biking (advanced) Land $40.00 $600.00
Bickley challenge (half day) Mixed $52.50 $787.50
Bickley challenge (full day) Mixed $77.50 $1,162.50

Booking conditions for community groups

  1. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities, instructors etc.
  2. Rates charged are those current at the time of occupancy and are inclusive of GST.
  3. Self catering charge $2.00 per person per day (no charge for 4-year-olds or under).
  4. Aquatic supervisor must be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  5. Bookings for day programs only in Term 1 and 4 subject to camp approval.
  6. Day programs will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
  7. The minimum charge is the deposit for a single activity day program to proceed.
  8. A deposit of 80% of the total per person charge is required for multiple-activity day programs.
  9. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
  10. Day visitor charge of $4.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs.
  11. Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 10am.
  12. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.



Corporate groups

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $50.00 $750
Quarry abseiling Roping $100.00 $2000
Leap of faith Roping $25.50 $382.50
Vertical challenges Roping $25.50 $382.50
Flying fox Roping $25.50 $382.50
Climbing wall Roping $25.50 $382.50
Crate climb Roping $25.50 $382.50
Canoeing Water $26.00 $390
Raft making Water $26.00 $390
Aquatic supervisor Water Hourly Instructor rate
Team building Land $17.00 $255
Search and rescue Land $31.50 $472.50
Ice breaking games Land $13.00 $416
Orienteering Land $17.00 $255
Mountain biking (beginner) Land $31.50 $472.50
Mountain biking (advanced) Land $55.00 $825
Bickley challenge (half day) Mixed $75.00 $1125
Bickley challenge (full day) Mixed $110.00 $2200

Booking conditions for corporate groups

    1. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities, instructors etc.
    2. Rates charged are those current at the time of occupancy and are inclusive of GST.
    3. Self catering charge $2.00 per person per day (no charge for 4-year-olds or under).
    4. Aquatic supervisor must be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
    5. Bookings for day programs only in Term 1 and 4 subject to camp approval.
    6. Day Programs will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
    7. The minimum charge is the deposit for a single activity day program to proceed.
    8. A deposit of 80% of the total per person charge is required for multiple activity day programs.
    9. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
    10. Day visitor charge of $5.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs.
    11. Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 10am.
    12. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.