Outdoor Education

Experiencing rites of passage through outdoor education is an integral part of college life at BDC. This is delivered via annual experiential learning opportunities, camps and journey-based expeditions that begin in Year 1 and progress through to Year 12.

The BDC outdoor education program varies significantly from the standard recreational camps as it provides students with new skills at a level suitable to their abilities. The skills, experiences and relationships developed during these opportunities provide students with the confidence to face future challenges both during and beyond school. 

Outdoor education is led by our college staff and assisted by qualified specialist instructors from some of Australia’s premier outdoor education providers.  Annual camps are compulsory components of the Bishop Druitt College experience.

Our Outdoor Education Experiences Aim to Support Student Growth Through:
  • Helping our students to learn more about themselves
  • Supporting and role modelling positive ways to interact with others
  • Providing an opportunity to explore nature
  • Building leadership and mentoring opportunities and skills
  • Building an adventurous spirit

Research shows that one week of camping without electronics resets our biological body clock and synchronises our melatonin hormones with sunrise and sunset.

Outdoor Education Dates
Year Group Venue Dates
Year 1
BDC Coffs Harbour
Year 2
BDC Coffs Harbour
Year 3
26 - 27 October 2023
Year 4
Farnworth Glenreagh
Year 5
Tyalgum Ridge Retreat
16 - 19 May 2023
Year 6
Farnworth Glenreagh
Year 7
Great Aussie Bush Camp Tea Gardens
6 - 9 February
Year 9
Pindari Adventures
16 - 19 October 2023
Year 11
Camp Kokoda
9 - 12 October