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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Mr Mitchell Drummond



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit develops students' knowledge, skills and understanding of the philosophies and values of residential and base camping as an educational practice that services outdoor, environmental, sport, leadership, special populations or community development. The unit equips students with knowledge about the basic principles, planning, organisational, legal and safety, risk management and administrative issues common to these forms of camping. The unit emphasises the pedagogical role of experiential education within a socio-ecological theoretical framework of outdoor/environmental and physical activity/movement/sports education. Ten days of experiential learning programs and site visits provide opportunities to develop camp leadership and facilitation skills, observe, collect and examine camp policies, and reflect critically upon leadership and pedagogical skill development in the planning, conduct and evaluation of selected physical activities, games and camping competencies.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge, skills and competencies in the basic principles and applied practices of the different forms and purposes of camping
  2. understand the importance of examining camp programs and activities from a socio-ecological perspective
  3. articulate a professional and personal philosophy of recreational/sports camping and role of camp education
  4. program for camps, including activity leadership and facilitation/teaching, pedagogical skill development and an appreciation of their application to a range of outdoor/sport populations
  5. demonstrate greater insight and skill in applying experiential education to the administration, planning, programming, conduct and evaluation of camp education
  6. develop a resource file relevant to different forms of camping but including information relevant to the administration of risk management, safety, legal and ethical duties, obligations and functions.


Essay (1200 words, 30%)
Assignment (2800 words, 70%)
Satisfactory completion of fieldwork planning and fieldwork

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours per semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours per semester

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