Murray Life Adventures
Murray Life Adventures is set along the Murray River and includes challenging activities that foster teamwork, communication and problem solving. Facilitators link the experiences to the world of work. Sixteen students from Echuca College and Echuca Specialist School attended for one day per week for six weeks. Activities included rock climbing, abseiling, flying fox, fishing and team work puzzles using obstacles.
The program was set up under Campaspe Youth Partnerships as another choice in a suite of options to help improve students’ engagement with learning. A range of programs are now available to cater to different students’ interests. The Murray Life Adventures program was developed as a response to the schools’ request for an “outdoorsy” program.
During the program all students improved their self confidence, communication, peer relations and leadership skills. The Specialist students were “achieving more than they thought they could” with the physical nature of many of the activities.
RE Ross Trust funds were used to pay for the program and bus hire to transport students.