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Lightkeeper's Quest

Lighthouse Keeper's Quest School Camp

1-5 Day Journey VELS levels 2-6 (Years 1-10)

Ready for the challenge?

Every day thousands of lives will be dependent on your students’ success as lightkeepers. This is experiential learning at its best – pupils will relive history as part of their journey of self-discovery during this school camp.

Lighthouse Keeper's Quest - Setting the scene

It’s March 24, 1848 and Cape Otway Lighthouse has just been built at the point where the treacherous Bass Strait and turbulent Southern Ocean collide. The Lightstation has been built due to public demand after hundreds of lives have been lost in shipwrecks. Superintendent of Port Philip District Lieutenant Charles Latrobe is confident the lighthouse will mean safer travel for all those taking the long and hazardous journey from Europe to Australia.

Although he was highly recommended, the first lightkeeper Lieutenant James Ross Lawrence has been sacked on the grounds of most ungentlemanly language, drunkenness and allowing the life-saving light to go out. Your students are charged with the responsibility of overcoming this crisis. They are all assigned to man the Lightstation as temporary lightkeepers until the new keeper arrives.

Lighthouse Keeper's Quest - Aims

The Quest Skills for Life program provides participants with a real experience of Australian pioneer life through the daily challenges and adventures of lightkeepers. The Quest has been designed to provide unique and challenging activities that meet VELS standards across all Strands and Domains. See the table below for more details.

Lighthouse Keeper's Quest - Location

The 1-5 day journey takes students on a journey where they experience the spectacular coastline and the historical Cape Otway Lightstation, where history, mystery and excitement await. The surrounding magnificent Great Otway National Park provides the perfect backdrop to achieve VELS outcomes within a unique outdoor experiential learning program.

Lighthouse Keeper's Quest - The Program

The Quest Skills for Life program is geared to offer young people a journey which allows them to develop their skills beyond the classroom. By taking them away from their familiar environment, they are able to enhance their experiences and skills development. This is achieved by placing young people in situations where they take on decision-making roles associated with the objectives of their mission.

The life skills they put into practice are:

Lighthouse Keeper's Quest - Safety & Planning

Quest Skills for Life programs are all about learning through experience, but never at the expense of safety. Our safety policy identifies and manages risk, reducing it to acceptable levels in all places, during all activities, without compromising the sense of challenge.

While it is not possible to eliminate risk, all activities are carried out in a manner that ensures staff and participants are exposed to the minimum risk possible. Your students will be trained in risk assessment and hazard awareness.

All leaders are carefully selected and specially trained to manage all elements of the programs, with emphasis on safety and risk assessment, management and facilitation of leadership and development.

Leave it all to us! Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for your school to take part. We look after everything including transport, accommodation, activities, equipment and meals.

Lighthouse Keeper's Quest - Accommodation & Food

Depending on the length of the program and agreed activities, students will typically be accommodated in historic Lightstation quarters, bunk facilities and/or camping.

All food is catered for throughout the program, including special dietary needs.

Lighthouse Keeper's Quest - VELS Outcomes

Health & Physical Education Interpersonal Development Personal Learning Civics & Citizenship The Arts English Economics Geography History LOTE Maths Science Communication Design Creativity Technology Information & Communication Technology Thinking Processes
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Quest Skills for Life: Real Journeys ... Real Outcomes ... Great Fun!

Quest Skills for Life runs this multi-day school camp in partnership with Cape Otway Lightstation.

For more information about the Lighthouse Keeper’s Quest visit the Quest Skills for Life website.