About Woodman Point

Located just 10km south of Fremantle, Woodman Point Camp has a range of accommodation styles, beach location and amazing range of adventure programs on-site make Woodman Point one of the premier camps in our state.

The Woodman Point site was first used in 1886 as a quarantine station for the Port of Fremantle before becoming a camp in 1982. The importance of sharing the historical significance of the site is emphasised through recent interpretive planning coordinated by the camp and the Friends of Woodman Point Recreation Camp Association. The camp recognises the importance of incorporating history-based recreation activities as options for client groups in order to provide additional educational outcomes during their attendance and participation at camp.

Due to its historical significance, the buildings within the site and the site itself have been afforded protection under the National Trust. The historical features of the camp are clearly evident in all aspects of the facilities, from the layout of the dormitory accommodation to the internal structure of the main dining hall. 

The camp has recently undergone a significant renovation program to increase the standard of amenities and provide greater accessibility for groups looking to utilise group-based accommodation and participation in adventure recreation activities. Part of this refurbishment included the design and construction of a purpose-built roping facility, unsurpassed in the southern hemisphere for capacity, concept, safety and potential for physical activity and educational outcomes. The CUBE adventure roping and training facility was formally opened in 2007 and has added to an already well-developed land and water-based program range at the camp. This facility is great for activities during the winter months and allows groups to be active after sundown.

The natural coastal bushland and the pristine beach environment present a fantastic venue for a wide range of recreation programs, including Paddling, Raft Building, Team Games and Archery.

Woodman Point Camp is also an ideal venue for music, drama or study camps, sporting clubs, outdoor education studies, team building and seminars with a difference.  

Woodman Point Camp is situated within the boundaries of the Woodman Point Regional Park, which has been zoned as such for its ecological and historical value. Some important ecological communities exist within the fenced boundary of the camp and such close proximity to these communities also present a rare opportunity for camp users to learn more about the importance of the local environment.

Information for camp leaders and supervisors

Leader responsibilities

What is your role on camp programs?

All client groups with participants under the age of 18 years MUST supply appropriate adult supervision at each activity site. Woodman Point Camp staff will supervise the clients in relation to their safe participation in the activity, however client groups have the responsibility to monitor the behaviour of participants in matters not relating to the activity.

Teachers and adults play a vital role in ensuring participants have an enjoyable camp experience. Teachers and adults are encouraged to participate in camp activities as much as possible to create a positive experiential learning environment. Woodman Point Camp will allocate at least one (if not two or three, depending on the size of your group) suitably qualified instructor in charge of facilitating the activity. DSR requires one member from the client group supervisory team (teacher or adult) to be attendance with the group during each program.

We try to minimise the work of teachers or adults during their stay, however teachers and adults may be asked to deal with student misbehaviour on a case-by-case basis. DSR instructors will use low-key behaviour management techniques to ensure participants are engaged during the activities. It is an expectation that teachers and adults support the DSR instructor when required throughout the duration of the program. We recommend asking participants to stand aside for five minutes to reflect on their behaviour and the effect it has on them personally and the group. The teacher or adult can help in the reflection process.

Creating a positive experiential learning environment

We encourage the adult supervisor of the group to ensure the following so that participants enjoy their experience during camp programs:

  • Participants are on time and prepared adequately for the specific program.
  • Participants are encouraged through a positive, non-intimidating approach, towards the outcomes of the activity.
  • They participate in the activity with the group; however if the activity requires problem solving or decision making refrain from providing too much support as this can impede on the skill being demonstrated by participants.

At times, teachers and adults may be asked to help facilitate certain aspects of the activity. This would be during times of questioning or debriefing to enhance experiential learning. The instructor will discuss this responsibility prior to the start of the activity.

What is your role outside of activities?

It is recommended that teachers and adults should discuss supervisory roles and responsibilities for during meals, at night and other free times. It is also recommended that room checks are done after lights are out to ensure participants are asleep. It is encouraged that a duty roster is developed to ensure staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities.

What to know before camp

In the lead-up to your camp please use the organisation checklist.

  • Emergency mobile phone no - please this number to parents of campers to contact in an emergency
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow slip
  • Blankets, sheets (optional)
  • Shorts and t-shirts (no sleeveless shirts to promote sun safety)
  • Jeans
  • Warm clothing – jumpers and tracksuit pants
  • Raincoat
  • Underwear
  • Swimming attire
  • Two towels (beach and shower)
  • Two pairs of enclosed shoes (one set for water activities – camp specific)
  • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Torch
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle
  • Alarm clock
  • First aid kit
  • A day backpack
  • This information pack
  • Camera
  • Relevant paperwork including student medical forms and emergency response document
  • Whistle.

Supervision roster

A template for a supervision roster can be found at:  www.dsr.wa.gov.au/camps

Emergency plan

Please familiarise yourself with our emergency plan.

The Woodman Point Camp emergency mobile number is 0414 448 088. Camp leaders should provide their own emergency mobile number to parents of campers.

Risk management

First aid

Woodman Point Camp management strongly recommends that every camp has at least one first aid qualified person in attendance at all times.

Consequently, the absolute minimum standard of medical expertise recommended on camp is a current senior first aid or equivalent. The camp organiser should check with the administration of their organisation to ensure that all policies and guidelines are met. It must be noted that these may be different to recommendations in this booklet, in which situation the highest standard should prevail. 

Harnessed programs

The camp conducts programs such as Abseiling, Climbing, Leap of Faith, High Ropes and Flying Fox. The minimum qualifications of an instructor to dispatch for these activities is National Outdoor Leaders Registration Scheme or competencies agreed by the Camps Chain Safety Group.

Water safety

Woodman Point Camp management strongly recommends that every camp has at least one qualified Aquatic Rescue Qualification (ARQ) through Royal Life Saving WA or Surf Rescue Certificate recognised by Surf Life Saving WA in attendance and control of every eight persons when in or near the water. It should be remembered that aquatic rescue qualifications are current for 12 months only and unqualified persons should only be used as additional support. 

The ratio of qualified supervisors to persons in the water varies between organisations from around 1:8 to 1:20 and is constantly being reviewed by most organisations. Surf Life Saving WA can be contacted for the latest information on 08 9293 9444.

Water safety personnel should be dressed ready to respond to an emergency and should have appropriate aquatic rescue equipment (e.g. rescue tubes on location). These may be obtained from the camp office.

Woodman Point Camp programs conducted in the water such as Surf Life Saving, Surf Ski Paddling and Raft Building have ARQ qualified instructors or higher. The camp can also organise lifeguards to supervise any in-camp group.

Alcohol policy

An updated version of our alcohol policy can be found on our website. In all instances, the application form must be sent to the Camp Manager well in advance of the camp.

At camp

On arrival

Gate access

To increase site safety and ensure that only authorised vehicles access the site, a security gate has been installed at the entrance of the camp.

The unique five-digit Booking ID (BID) number has been allocated to your booking will be the code you need to use to gain access through the gate followed by the left arrow.

Please inform all members of your group that will need to access the site of this code to ensure no issues are encountered during your stay.

To exit the site, driving slowly stay left towards the gate and it will open automatically.

You will be sent specific instructions about the use of the security gate prior to your arrival on-site. The code will only be active for the duration of your stay.

Check in
  • Pick-up keys from office
  • Camp staff member to brief group on arrival.

Out of bounds areas

  • Bush/fire breaks.
  • Roped off areas. Other dormitory/dining areas not booked. CUBE – no climbing on external walls unless participating in a program. Beach – no access unless under supervision of
  • Woodman Point Camp staff or your teachers/supervisors/parents.

Dormitory rooms

Food/drinks

Food and drink is not permitted in any of the rooms. Please consume these outside of dorms and in your dining room. 

Moving beds and bunks

Please do not rearrange bunks, beds or mattresses. 

Windows

Please do not jump in or out of dormitory room windows.

Drink fountains

There are water fountains located at the back of the dining hall with cold filtered water. Please bring water bottles to camp to take to the programs. 

Rubbish bins

Rubbish bins are located around your dorm. Bins with yellow lids are for recycling.

Doors

In Spinifex and Grevillea the doors leading out to the patio are for emergency use only. Please use the doors inside the dorm to access your room.

Safety

Footwear

Footwear is to be worn at all times around camp. If participating in activities with Woodman Point Camp staff, you are required to wear closed-toe shoes for all land-based activities. Those wearing thongs or other inappropriate footwear will not be permitted to participate.

Smoke detectors

Each room is fitted with a smoke detector and alarm linked directly to the Fire Brigade. Please be careful as steam from a kettle may set them off.

Muster point

Located at the front of the office on the large grassed area.

Damage/breakages

Please report any damage (to windows, sprinklers, doors, bunks, flooring etc.) to your supervisors and Woodman Point Camp staff.

Dining hall

You will be allocated a dining hall which you are responsible for setting up, packing down and cleaning after each meal and at the end of your stay.

Wildlife

Please do not disturb or feed the wildlife in and around the camp.

Dining room duties

Pre-meal

Set up tables and chairs (6–8 people per table) half an hour prior to meal time.

Post-meal

Please note: every person is responsible for their own plate and cutlery.
Clear cups – put disposable cups into the recycling bin.
Leftover food on plates to be scraped into the general waste bin and stacked.
Cutlery to be placed in the containers of water provided.
Clean tables with warm, soapy water and cloth once cleared.
Sweep floor of dining room.

Final clean-up of dining room

At the end of your LAST meal at camp:

  • Re-stack tables onto trolleys with legs facing out (six tables per trolley), ensuring they are clean
  • Replace chairs into stacks of 10, ensuring they are clean
  • Sweep and mop your servery and dining room
  • Brooms, mops, cloths and dustpans are provided.

Final clean up of dormitories 

Each group is responsible for cleaning their dorm before departure.

Areas and duties to be completed:

  • Mattresses to be put on their sides with a pillow on each bed
  • Each room swept and rubbish removed
  • Hallways swept and rubbish removed
  • Bathrooms swept
  • Conduct a group rubbish pick-up around the dormitory, dining and grassed areas
  • Remove ALL rubbish and food scraps from synthetic turf areas
  • Tuart and Jervoise – all kitchen equipment to be cleaned and put away
  • All doors and windows shut, lights and fans turned off and don’t forget the bathroom areas.

Please note: we do not supply you with any chemicals for the clean-up as you are not required to use any.

Information for parents/guests

Getting ready for camp

Going on a school camp is exciting for most children but can be terrifying for others. It is important that parents talk with their children prior to them going on camp to discuss any concerns they may have (e.g. missing home, sharing with others, fear of participating in a certain program). Parents/guardians should reassure them that they are in good hands and that the school and camp staff will take good care of them. Remember to also discuss what they are looking forward to or are most excited about attending camp. Talking to your child on a number of occasions prior to their attendance at camp will help to prepare them for the camp experience. Children who have had a sleep-over at family members’ or friends’ houses prior to camp are generally less likely to be homesick on camp.

If you are unsure about any of the following items please contact Woodman Point Camp on 08 9492 9797.

What to bring

When staying at Woodman Point Camp, the following items are required by each guest:

  • Sleeping bag, single sheet and doona or sufficient blankets
  • Pillow case, or own pillow if preferred
  • Towels (one bath and one beach towel)
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medication (e.g. diabetes, ventilin, Epipen). Medical conditions and medications must be discussed with the camp leader
  • Torch
  • Raincoat
  • Bathers/board shorts and rash vest. Participants must wear sun-smart clothing during water programs (i.e. protect full torso/shoulders)
  • Thongs/sandals
  • Two pairs of trainers/sneakers (ALL roping and land based activities require enclosed footwear)
  • Sufficient clothing suitable for the season and intended activities.

What to leave at home

Not permitted:

  • Chewing gum
  • Spray aerosol cans including deodorant or insect repellent (bring roll-on types if required).

Not recommended:

  • Camp participants are advised not to bring valuables to camp (e.g. jewellery, money, portable music and gaming devices)
  • Mobile phones – contact camp leader directly in emergencies
  • Ugg boots, high-heeled shoes.

Luggage

Sturdy, soft-walled bags are suitable. All belongings and luggage to be properly labelled. Suitcases with wheels damage grassed areas if dragged off paths. 

Medical conditions and medications

It is important that the group supervisors and DSR staff have ready access to relevant medical information in order to respond appropriately to an emergency situation and prevent further injury. Medications should be stored appropriately and located within close proximity to the person to whom the medication belongs. 

The camp leader should contact Accolade Catering with any special dietary requirements of participants.

Comforts

Woodman Point Camp provides camp-style dormitory accommodation. As such, all sleeping rooms contain a ceiling fan, but there is no air conditioning or heating. Please make sure participants come to camp prepared for relevant weather conditions. 

Coin-operated washing machines are only available to camp leaders, so ensure enough suitable clothing for the entire stay is taken to camp.