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The Wellbeing through Integrated Learning and Development (WILD) is a program from the Centre for Adolescent Health (Royal Children's Hospital), in partnership with The People and Parks Foundation.
WILD gives you the chance to enjoy different outdoor adventure
activities like bushwalking, camping, kayaking, caving and mountain
biking. You'll get to try new things, see new places and make new
friends. We also hope you'll get a chance to develop your
self-confidence, feel challenged, experience success, and discover
new things about yourself.
It's all about developing young people's
strengths and abilities through outdoor activities. While many
young people have opportunities to focus on physical health
(through sporting activities and school P.E.), there are far fewer
opportunities to work on 'mental fitness'. The activities we do in
WILD are designed to be fun and to help build confidence,
independence and good friendships.
Who can benefit from WILD?
WILD is for young people dealing with the ups and downs of daily
life. We know that many young people experience difficulties in
life, such as:
Maybe you're feeling a bit lost, having troubles with friends or
family, feeling a bit lonely, or just having a hard time with
day-to-day hassles. Maybe you're doing just fine, but would
simply like to try something new. Either way, if you're up for a
challenge and some fun, then WILD might be for you.
We reckon that young people are too often told there are things
they can't do. In the WILD program we encourage young people to
focus on their abilities - we're more interested in what
you can do rather than what you can't!
The program is open to young people between 12 and 21 years old.
There are only 10 places available in each WILD group.
What will we be
WILD runs over 8 weeks. It involves a one-day adventure outing, a
two-day camping trip, a four-day camping trip, and 5
two-hour sessions spread over the 8 weeks. The two-hour
sessions will take place after school (4:30 - 6:30 pm) at the
Centre for Adolescent Health (in Parkville). The one-day outing and
the two-day trip will take place on weekends. The four-day trip
will run from a Thursday to a Sunday. This means you might miss 2
days of school. During the program you will be involved in a range
of activities, including games, group discussions and outdoor
activities. The outdoor activities may include bushwalking,
mountain bike riding, kayaking, caving, abseiling and camping.
But I've never been camping before and I'm no good at
kayaking or mountain biking.
Great! Then you should definitely come along! You don't
need to be a super athlete to join in - we aim to cater for all abilities.
We'll teach you all the basics to get you going, but the real fun comes from
trying something new and challenging yourself.
Will I know anyone else
there?You could check with your friends and ask if any of them
are coming along. But it's also a great opportunity to meet some
new people and make some new friends. Many of us feel a bit nervous
meeting new people, so we do our best to make sure everyone feels
How much will it
Nothing! That's right…it's free. We will provide transport on the
trips, food, use of outdoor gear and any accommodation costs. We
can do this because of the generous support of our partners: The
People and Parks Foundation, the R.E. Ross Trust, Cadbury
Schweppes, the Mazda Foundation, and Anaconda. While there is no
charge, we do ask just two things of you. The first is that you
fill in some questionnaires to help us evaluate and improve the
WILD program. The second is that you do your best to make it to all
parts of the program. As we only have a very limited number of
places we would like to offer them to people who are available for
the whole 8-week group.
What are the Dates?We try to run one program each term (4 times a year).
However in 2008 we will not be running any WILD programs, as we are
working hard to make improvements and secure funding for future
programs. Please still feel free to contact us for more info
(contact details below).
Sounds good so far. So is it just like a holiday
then?Hmmm. A good question. While the program is designed to be
fun and engaging, it also has some more serious goals. Our aims are
We hope that young people will enjoy the program and along the
way learn something about themselves and others.
What else do I need to
know?Hopefully the following list of QuickFacts will answer all
your burning questions.
How do I join up?To join our WILD program you will need to complete an
Application Pack. Application Packs are available by phoning or
emailing us using the details given below.
Once we receive your completed application we will contact you
by phone. We will then make a date to meet up with you at the
Centre sometime during the two weeks before the program starts.
This is so we can meet you and you can meet us. We'll chat some
more about WILD and ask you to fill in one of our surveys. The
meeting will take about an hour.
Your completed forms need to be back with us before the closing
If you'd like to find out more about WILD, please contact us by
phone or email (contact details below) and we will do our best to
answer your questions.
We would like to
acknowledge the generous support of the following WILD