Programs at Bickley

Bickley offers some great opportunities for getting active outdoors.

Contact the camp directly on 08 9492 9781 to discuss your groups needs.

Orienteering - Map Reading and Radio Comms

General information

Programs at Bickley were first delivered in 1988. Bickley was the department's first camp 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.

Programs offered at Bickley support the department'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.

Flying Fox participant close up smiling and waving

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 (DoE) and the Department's Camps Chain Safety Group. Some programs are offered to younger students, however please contact the camp for more information.

Mountain Bike Beginners

Roping programs

Onsite abseiling (school year 7+)

  • Duration: 3.5 hours.
  • Perfect for learning to abseil the 5 and 10 metre abseiling program is on a natural rock adjacent to the campsite. This is a great program for personal challenge and putting participants outside their comfort zone.

Quarry abseiling (school year 8+)

  • 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.

Crate climb (school year 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Participants work together to build a large structure from crates and then take turns climbing to the top. Although only one person is climbing at a time, the rest of the group are required to stabilise the structure. This program is perfect for emphasizing the importance of teamwork.

Flying fox (school year 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Participants zoom across a 50m high speed traverse across the picturesque Bickley Reservoir. Extra challenge and excitement can be added to the activity once participants are comfortable with the program. Flying fox is great for personal challenge and teamwork.

Leap of faith (school year 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.

Vertical challenge (school year 5+)

  • 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.

Water programs

Canoeing (school year 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 (school year 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • 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 (school year 1+)

  • 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

Flora and Fauna bush walk (school year 3+)

Participants are led on a 4.5km circuit by a qualified instructor through the Bickley valley adjacent to the camp. A wide variety of plant and animal life can usually be observed while completing this bushwalk. Participants use a flora map to spot different plant species. A great way to experience some amazing views from the top of the hill.

Hut building (school year 1+)

A storm is coming!

Participants need to work in small groups to construct emergency makeshift shelters in a bush environment. Before dismantling the shelters they are tested for their sturdiness and their ability to repel rain.

Catapults (school year 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • A team focused activity in which participants plan and assemble large catapults using logs, bolts, nuts and washers. The teams then engage in several competitive games involving launching various projectiles.

Icebreakers (school year 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 (school year 7+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • The beginners 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 (school year 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 (school year 4+)

  • 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 (school year 4+)

  • 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 (school year 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.

Self-directed activities

There are a number of activities that are free of charge in the Bickley Valley area including numerous walking and mountain biking opportunities adjacent to the camp.

The camp has a multipurpose court area that is available to Kookaburra dormitory clients for free play, however please check the availability with our staff. Groups are advised to bring their own sporting equipment.

Further information about self-directed activities can be obtained by contacting the camp on 08 9492 9781.

Victoria Dam bush walk

Duration: Allow 2 to 3 hours

The 7.2km return easy/moderate walk from Bickley Camp to Victoria Reservoir is steeped in local history. Walk on the track constructed for the very first saw mill in WA, cross the oldest wooden bridge in Australia and arrive at the first dam built in WA, constructed in 1891. Admire the Old Victoria Dam wall as well as taking in the spectacular bushland and city views from the top of the new Victoria Reservoir.

Directions and map for the Victoria Dam walk below.

Internal Orienteering (school year 1+)

Duration:1 hour

A small orienteering course within the Kookaburra Camp area is available for dormitory groups. Using the camp buildings to navigate, participants will find markers with letters on them to create a word.

Pricing

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

2019 prices effective 1 January 2019.
Raft Making - paddling

School groups

School groups 2019

Pricing for school groups 2019
Program Type
Cost per person
Minimum charge
 Abseiling  Roping  $26.50  $424
 Quarry abseiling  Roping  $64  $1280
 Crate climb  Roping  $15  $240
 Flying fox  Roping  $15  $240
 Leap of faith  Roping  $15  $240
 Vertical challenges  Roping  $15  $240
 Canoeing  Water  $17  $272
 Raft making  Water  $17  $272
 Ice breaking games  Land  $7.50  $240
 Bush hut building  Land  $11  $176
 Guided bush walk  Land  $11  $176
 Mountain biking (beginner)  Land  $17  $272
 Mountain biking (advanced)  Land  $30  $480
 Orienteering  Land  $11  $176
 Search and rescue  Land  $17  $272
 Team building  Land  $11  $176

Booking conditions for school groups 2019

  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 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 (non residential groups) only in term one and four subject to camp approval.
  6. Day programs (non residential groups) 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 three hours onsite.
  11. Check-in time is 2 pm (5 pm Sunday) and check-out time is 10 am (2 pm Sunday).
  12. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.


Community groups

Community groups 2019

Pricing for community groups 2019
Program Type
Cost per person
Minimum charge
 Abseiling  Roping  $39  $624
 Quarry abseiling  Roping  $78  $1560
 Crate climb  Roping  $19  $304
 Flying fox  Roping  $19  $304
 Leap of faith  Roping  $19  $304
 Vertical challenges  Roping  $19  $304
 Canoeing  Water  $23.50  $376
 Raft making  Water  $23.50  $376
 Ice breaking games  Land  $11.25  $360
 Bush hut building  Land  $12.25  $196
 Guided bush walk  Land  $12.25  $196
 Mountain biking (beginner)  Land  $23.50  $376
 Mountain biking (advanced)  Land  $43  $688
 Orienteering  Land  $12.25  $196
 Search and rescue  Land  $20  $320
 Team building  Land  $12.25  $196
 Bickley challenge (half day)  Land  $57  $855
 Bickley challenge (full day)   Land  $84  $1680

Booking conditions for community groups 2019

  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 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 (non residential groups) only in term one and four subject to camp approval.
  6. Day programs (non residential groups) 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 2 pm (5 pm Sunday) and check-out time is 10 am (2 pm Sunday).
  12. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.



Corporate groups

Corporate groups 2019

Pricing for corporate groups 2019
Program Type
Cost per person
Minimum charge
 Abseiling  Roping  $55.50  $888
 Quarry abseiling  Roping  $113  $2260
 Crate climb  Roping  $26.50  $424
 Flying fox  Roping  $26.50  $424
 Leap of faith  Roping  $26.50  $424
 Vertical challenges  Roping  $26.50  $424
 Canoeing  Water  $33.25  $532
 Raft making  Water  $33.25  $532
 Ice breaking games  Land  $15.75  $504
 Mountain biking (beginner)  Land  $33.25  $532
 Mountain biking (advanced)  Land  $59  $944
 Orienteering  Land  $17.25  $276
 Search and rescue  Land  $27.50  $440
 Team building  Land  $17.25  $276
 Bickley challenge (half day)  Land  $80  $1200
 Bickley challenge (full day)  Land  $120  $2400

Booking conditions for corporate groups 2019

    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 $2.50 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 (non residential groups) only in term one and four subject to camp approval.
    6. Day programs (non residential groups) 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 2 pm (5 pm Sunday) and check-out time is 10 am (2 pm Sunday).
    12. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.

More information

Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp

Hardinge Road, Orange Grove WA 6109
Telephone 08 9492 9781
Facebook @bickleycamp
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