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Our signature school camp, ROAR, delivers outstanding and dynamic learning that stimulates and motivates students while complementing the curriculum. Students take part in fun group challenges and activities that promote key learning through:

Relationships - developing skills in communication, problem solving, cooperation, negotiation, respect and care

Outdoors nurturing an appreciation of the natural environment and sustainability

Action reinforcing the importance of physical activity for wellbeing

Resilience collaborating, negotiating and reflecting on difficult challenges to build courage and strength.

Learning is fun

Whether it’s working in teams to build a raft or paddle a canoe blindfolded through a set course or challenging themselves with survival skills and initiatives courses, students come away from ROAR with positive experiences and a greater sense of themselves. Schools benefit too with a greater sense of school community and team spirit, and increased values of respect, trust and honesty.

Take the classroom outdoors

Designed to supplement the curriculum, ROAR can be exclusively tailored to meet your school’s education objectives and outcomes. Our training and accreditation as outdoor leaders guarantees a vibrant, safe and fun learning experience for both students and teachers.


This program is available at all Centres: Berry, Borambola, Broken Bay, Jindabyne, Lake Ainsworth, Lake Burrendong, Lake Keepit, Milson Island, Point Wolstoncroft and Sydney Academy.


Pan for gold, explore an old underground mine and learn about Australia’s gold rush history at this in-depth 5-day camp for Year 5 and 6 HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment) students at Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre.


Situated between Orange and Dubbo, the Centre is the perfect base for students wanting to explore this significant aspect of Australian identity and heritage.

Who should attend?

This program is suited to primary students in Years 5 and 6 studying HSIE. At least one teacher per school group is required to attend (more may be required for larger groups). Teachers attend the program free-of-charge.

Program content

This comprehensive and integrated program includes a visit to History Hill at Hill End where students enjoy a guided tour through the museum, explore the history of gold mining in Australia and pan for gold. 


Students can also visit the Wellington Caves phosphate mine to experience how mines operated over 100 years ago. The phosphate mine has been restored to show what it would have been like to work in an underground mine. Students will see fossil bones of mega fauna and smaller animals dating back to the Pleistocene Period of 2 million years ago. 


Eureka Moments works towards a number of HSIE syllabus outcomes including:

CCS3.1 Significant events and people


Explains the significance of particular people, groups, places, actions and events in the past in developing Australian identities and heritage. 

ENS3.6 Relationships with places


Explains how various beliefs and practices influence the ways in which people interact with, change and value their environment.

The program can be tailored to also work towards: ST3-9ES, ST3-10LW, ST3-4WS and ST3-1VA.


Combining practice with theory, students increase their knowledge of Australian history and work towards the following learning outcomes: 

  • Living conditions and lifestyle of the diggers on the gold fields

  • Overcoming challenges and fears

  • Appreciation of different cultures

  • Working together as a team for a common goal

  • Finding creative solutions to problems

  • Importance of gold to the Central West

Program duration

This program works best as a 5-day camp, however, please feel free to discuss your needs with the Centre to arrange a program to suit you and your students. 



This program is available at Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre.


Outdoor learning, no matter your school size

Small Schools Week gives students from small schools the opportunity to share in a premium outdoor education program with other small schools in their area. With multiple schools in attendance, students can broaden their social skills and make new friends while taking part in a range of fun activities and challenges that promote resilience, relationships and wellbeing. Schools benefit too with programs that complement the curriculum and the chance to share in travel costs and staffing resources.

As one of NSW’s premier outdoor education specialists and with Centres throughout NSW, the Office of Sport delivers exclusive programs run by fully qualified and experienced staff.

Our signature Small Schools Week program, ROAR, extends classroom learning through Relationships, Outdoors, Action and Resilience. Students get to step outside their comfort zone while learning to manage risk, become a leader and team player and grow in self-confidence and esteem.

Shared resources

Small Schools Week gives schools the possibility to share the costs of attending camp. For example, rather than each school sending their own accompanying teachers, a couple of teachers may be able to supervise the students from multiple schools. Multiple schools may also be able to coordinate their transport. Please contact the Centre for advice on potential cost savings and speak to the other small schools in your area to arrange the sharing of your resources.


To allow students to get the most out of their camp experience we recommend you book a 3-day or 5-day camp. This will give students the chance to take part in a wide range of activities and will maximise their chance for learning.


For upcoming Small Schools Week dates, please visit our small schools date page.


Our Snow Sports program is designed to allow students the unique opportunity of experiencing the snow and learning to ski or snow board in a fun, safe and structured environment. Teachers benefit too, as we take the hassle out of organising all the logistics involved in getting groups to the snow.

Students are encouraged to challenge themselves, learn new skills, display resilience and courage, all while nurturing an appreciation of the unique alpine environment.

As a leading provider of school snow sports programs in Australia, our fully-facilitated programs are compliant with DEC School Sports Unit guidelines. Programs include all meals, accommodation, transport to and from Perisher Ski resort via bus and ski tube, private indoor meeting area on snow, professional graded lessons via Perisher Ski School, ski hire equipment and evening recreation.

Snow play options are also available.



This program is available at Jindabyne and Borambola (snow play only).

Think outside for your next school camp with the Office of Sport.



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