CAMPS

Earthkeepers Training Camp

The Regent’s Yr 5 camp is a four-day environmental program of discovery called Earthkeepers. 

Earthkeepers is an internationally acclaimed program developed by The Institute for Earth Education. This carefully crafted program is delivered to students all around the world by trained facilitators. Luckily for the River School, the Earthkeepers program is offered at the breathtakingly beautiful ‘Wild Mountains’ centre, located high in the World Heritage Rainforest south of Brisbane, near Rathdowney. Our students are accommodated in A-frame ‘tent-like’ cabins overlooking the mountains of the Scenic Rim. This ‘camp’ is more like an ‘intensive’ learning adventure, than a relaxing ‘time out.’ It is an action packed camp, filled high quality and with fun hands-on learning experiences out in nature.

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Earthkeepers was developed for upper primary students with the goal of increasing their knowledge about four ecological concepts (energy flow, cycling, interrelationships, and change), and of deepening their feelings for the Earth through activities that deal with observation, discovery, solitude, and immersion in the natural world. 

The program begins when a map and letter of invitation arrive at school inviting students to become Earthkeepers. Two weeks after this, the students travel to Wild Mountains for 4 days and 3 nights, to begin their training! As the students complete various stages of their Earthkeeper learning, they will receive 4 real keys (K.E.Y.S). These keys unlock specially made boxes, which hold top-secret information about how to become an Earthkeeper. During the 4 days at Wild Mountains, students earn their “K” key for Knowledge and their “E” key for Experience after participating in the activities.

Examples of activities include; Earthwalks through the forest to sharpen the senses, finding ‘magic spots’ in the ancient forest, digging up ‘time-capsules’ and sorting fossils, participating in the ‘Seasons’ play and quiz show, investigating soil, air and water ‘specs’ in the forest, finding sun, plant and animal ‘munchers’ in the rainforest…

Back at school, with the help teachers, classmates and families, students pledge to complete environmental tasks to earn their “Y” key (‘Yourself’= representing changes they will implement) and their “S” key for Sharing with others. These keys will open boxes to reveal the final 2 secrets of being an Earthkeeper! The infusion of challenge, mystery and anticipation of receiving special keys is so exciting for our Year 5 students. Engaging in fun, thought provoking and reflective activities that encourage Stewardship for the Earth is essential learning for our Year 5 River School students. Earthkeepers is a powerful experience for both learners and leaders. It is an experience that has a lasting influence on all who participate.

2018 River School Young Warrior video

We have had the pleasure of two of our children attending Warrior Camp (Year 6 River School Camp) over the last two years.  It is hard to put in words how amazing and life changing this Camp is. The experiences they go through and the knowledge and skills they walk away with are many and so important.

Their understanding of themselves and others, along with their confidence and emotional literacy grew beyond measure.  James, Kirsty and their mentors are truly champions of change and growth and their passion and skills are plain to see.

This Camp helps to fill a gap in Western culture, where we no longer have or celebrate 'coming of age' with our young people. We cannot recommend Kirsty and James and this Camp highly enough.

Sarah Biddlecombe

Parent

2017 Yr 6 leaving for warrior camp

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There are always so many exciting and enriching events and activities happening at The River School. Take a look at some of the latest news from around school and beyond...

Contact Information

The River School
251 Bridge Creek Road  (PO Box 411)  Maleny QLD 4552
Primary School: (07) 5494 3559
Early Childhood Centre: (07) 5499 9359
admin@riverschool.com.au