Lost in the bush? Cannot find shelter? What will you do? Learn some basic skills to help you survive.

Recommended Staff: Student Ratio for this Activity:- 1 : 6
(Blackwood Staff can never be considered as part of any staff : student ratio during the delivery of any lesson)

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With no equipment, students will given the opportunity to learn some basic skills on how to build a bush hut.  Being very careful not to break, uproot or kill anything, as a team students are challenged to build a bush hut big enough to accommodate their group using nothing but natural material found within the bush environment.

Working within their team, students will be encouraged to brainstorm, plan, design and build their bush hut within a set time frame. The bush hut will need to be solid, secure and ready to protect their entire group .... staff included. At the end of the lesson, will the students bush huts survive the arrival of a storm?

With full approval from your Principal and School Council prior to arriving at Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre - students & staff will be able to spend a quality afternoon constructing bush huts while focused on enjoying a comfortable nights sleep within the hut. An enjoyable, memorable and challenging experience for you and your team.  Are your ready to survive?

Minimum time allocation: 1hr

Curriculum learning area/capability:

  • HPE – Movement and Physical Activity: Moving the Body, Understanding Movement, Learning through Movement
  • SCSO – Social Awareness and Management: Collaboration
  • SCSE – Self-awareness and Management: Developing resilience

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1970 - Bush Hut Making established at Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre


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Acknowledgment to Country

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the traditional Owners of the country we work on and recognize their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. I’d also like to acknowledge the deep knowledge systems and the amazing ability of first nations peoples to pass that knowledge through generations, as incredible teachers themselves. 

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