Camps and outdoor education

Our camp program

Outdoor education engages students in practical and active learning experiences in natural environments and settings typically beyond the school boundary. In these environments, students develop the skills and understandings to move safely and competently while valuing a positive relationship with natural environments and promoting their sustainable use. Elements of learning in outdoor education will draw from content and achievement standards from across the Australian Curriculum including Health and Physical Education, Geography and Science.

At Australian International School Malaysia, our camp program aims to provide students with a comprehensive outdoor education experience in locations throughout Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, South East Asia and Australia.

Camp activities, promoting practical and active learning experiences

Our camp experience program is compulsory for Year 3 to Year 12 students and is designed to help students build a sense of community, become more independent and responsible and learn how to work cooperatively with others.  

Students from Years 3 to 7 travel to destinations within Malaysia, while Years 8 to 10 have an amazing opportunity to visit countries in South-East Asia. Our pre-university Year 11 and 12 students go to Australia for a unique outback experience in Western Australia and a Young Leaders Camp in the University of Melbourne, Trinity College.

Students from Years 9 to 12 can also participate (optional) in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards program, with one of the four components of the Award being an adventurous journey. As part of a small team, Students plan, train for and participate in an expedition,partaking in activities such as hiking, kayaking, mapping, orienteering and cooking. The expedititions are normally undertaken in Pangkor Island and Bukit Broga, Malaysia.

 

Camp activities at Australian International School, Kuala Lumpur

Year level Outdoor education skills and activities Location
Year 3 Horse riding, outdoor sports, hiking, obstacle course Eagle Ranch
Year 4 Wall climbing, abseiling, flying fox, campfire understanding and safety, hiking, kayaking, outdoor sports Broga, Paradise Valley
Year 5 Low ropes skills course, survival team building skills Swiss Garden, Damai Laut
Year 6 Observe Malaysia’s native flora and fauna in the natural environment, participate in a range of outdoor activities such as trekking and games. Mutiara Taman Negara
Year 7 Participate in outdoor activities including swimming, kayaking, ropes and obstacle courses, campfire activities, games, island hopping and beach cleaning.

Teluk Batik, Lumut, Perak

Year 8 Develop outdoor skills in the areas of water mobility, safety, high elements and marksmanship, and apply the skills of leadership, communication and character values. Gopeng, Perak
Year 9

Engage in activities including cycling, leadership skills, service learning, cultural activities, cooking, and learning about historical events.

Vietnam
Year 10 Engage in various activities including team building, leadership, survival skills, orienteering, raft building, canoeing, camp cooking, net fishing, obstacle course, nature awareness, bush first aid, sheep mustering on foot, and learning about Aboriginal culture and early settler history. Boshack Outback and Ern Halliday Recreation Camp, Western Australia
Year 12

Workshops: leadership, teamwork, rock climbing, relationship building, problem solving, public speaking, emotional intelligence, goal setting, exam technique and study skills. City sightseeing and cultural/arts tours included.

Trinity College, University of Melbourne

There will be one camp (personalised leadership program) for Years 11 and 12, starting in November 2018. This will take place at Trinity College, University of Melbourne. Students will attend this program when they commence the first term of the HSC in Term 4.

“Denying children of a chance to encounter nature, no matter how small,
‘robs them of the very essence of life’ (Engwicht, 1992: 6)”,
Matthews and Limb (1999), p. 78

Benefits to our students

Major Areas of Concentration

1. Environmental Awareness activities which
  • expand individual awareness of the finite nature of the environment.
  • determine and develop a role in conserving and preserving the environment through appropriate action.
  • develop an understanding of human interdependence with the environment.
  • develop an attitude of being one with the natural environment.
 
2. Curriculum Enrichment activities which
  • develop scientific abilities to investigate Earth and life interrelationships. (Science)
  • develop data-gathering and processing abilities to explore the dimensions of people and their land. (Social Science)
  • develop communicative abilities for the expression of ideas and feelings through words. (Language Arts)
  • develop measurement techniques for the application of quantitative concepts. (Mathematics)
 
3. Social Growth activities which
  • provide opportunities to see peers in new roles.
  • encourage new friend-making.
  • foster cooperation and democratic decision-making.
  • open new avenues of communication between teachers and students.
  • recognise the advantage of working together to complete tasks.
  • Provide experience of living with other people during a 5-day, 24-hour a day experience.
  • Provide opportunity to contribute to society through Service Learning.
 
4. Individual Growth activities which
  • increase understanding of themselves.
  • assess strengths and weaknesses.
  • clarify personal values.
  • help gain self-reliance and self-confidence.
  • develop understanding of the implications of one’s actions.
 
5. Recreational Skills activities which
  • encourage an attitude of sportsmanship.
  • foster participation and achievement in recreational activities.
  • increase mental and physical fitness.
  • increase learning and enjoyment of recreational skills in the outdoors.