Year 8 Camp
The Year 8 Camp is nestled amongst the picturesque Howqua Valley in the high country near Mansfield. It is a highly successful camp enjoyed by all Bendigo schools, one that fosters teamwork and leadership skills. Dubbed “Camp Survivor” Camp Howqua offers many challenging team building activities as well as horse riding, archery, giant waterslide (The Wedginator!), rafting, flying fox, high ropes and a Tough Mudder course. Night activities include a disco coordinated by the students, nature walks and Survivor challenge activities. The camp is open exclusively to Crusoe and provides private ensuited cabins with well-equipped indoor recreational facilities and sportsgrounds. Camp Howqua is a fantastic opportunity for our Year 8’s to try new adventures, challenge themselves and develop new friendships.
Year 9 Camp
Year 9 students have the opportunity to travel to Tasmania for a week as their college camp program. Students and teachers travel to Launceston with the Spirit of Tasmania, and upon arrival head straight to Cradle Mountain. They visit many historical sites during the week, including Port Arthur Convict Settlement where they participate in a ghost tour at night. Students also visit Hobart including the Cadbury Chocolate Factory before flying back to Melbourne, to be bussed back to Bendigo.
Year 10 Camps
The ski camp is held in August each year and Year 10 students and teachers travel to Mount Hotham for 3 days of skiing / snowboarding lessons. Students learn how to ski each morning with a 2 hour lesson, and then have the remainder of the day to practise their newly acquired skills on the mountain. It is a great camp for students to learn a new sport they will be able to engage in for the rest of their lives.
German Sister School Exchange
Students of Year 10 German have the opportunity to travel to Germany for a 6 week visit to our Sister School “Katharinen Gymnasium” in the city of Ingolstadt. During their time in Germany, students will attend school, but also travel to Munich, King Ludwig II’s Schloβ Neuschwanstein, and the medieval town of Rothenburg. Students also have the opportunity to travel to Berlin.
WOW or World of Work Camp is aimed at students in Year 10 to broaden their horizons and options in looking at pathways beyond VCE. Students spend a week in Melbourne listening to key speakers on what it is like working for different companies / corporations and participating in a variety of workshops all based around being in the workforce.
Year 9 / 10 Combined Camps
2013 was the first year that a group of Year 9 and 10 students represented the school in World Challenge. In 2017 students will travel to Fiji to spend nearly three weeks travelling around and participating in a project. It is anticipated that a group from the College will participate in the World Challenge Program every second year. Recruitment for the 2017 trip will begin during 2016.