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.