Camp Kokoda's education programs are grounded in the belief that if people come to value challenge in their lives (and see it as an opportunity to learn, develop and grow instead of seeing it as a burden or barrier), this will influence their attitudes and behaviour. Through challenge, people question their pre-set limitations and self-perceptions and grow in confidence, resilience and optimism.
Through this journey, participants become more likely to experience joy and general satisfaction with who they are. They become more caring and considerate individuals so that the future of their families, communities, country and planet becomes brighter.
1. LEARNING THROUGH DOING
Kolb's Experential Learning Cycle creates the foundation for the Camp Kokoda programs. Our expedition style adventures demand significant input and engagement from the participant and provide plenty of opportunities to highlight learning and create moments for revision.
Camp Kokoda instructors assist the participant with developing plans that move them towards their goal while linking their learning back to their lives.
2. SELF-AWARENESS AND SELF-MANAGEMENT
Self-awareness and self-management are two of four key areas of emotional intelligence, according to Daniel Goleman (1995). Through outdoor education activities at Camp Kokoda, instructors can influence the development of students' emotional intelligence, which inevitably leads to a more successful, happy and healthy life (Hayashi, 2006).
WE ARE FOCUSED ON ACTION, REFLECTION AND TRANSFORMATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL.
Camp Kokoda creates opportunities for participants to explore personal development through Group Initiative Tasks (GITs) and debriefs, resulting in enhanced learninig and insight. Other outcomes include:
Greater problem solving
More effective communication
Development of leadership ability
Increase in confidence
Reflection on personal values and ethics
Appreciation of personal capabilities
Exploration of personal potential
Greater creativity and independence
Responsible decision making
Practising positive thinking
4. COMMUNITY MINDEDNESS
Camp Kokoda programs foster cooperation and community mindedness. From the start, the group sits down and creates group rules. These work as a guide for working together,
supporting and respecting each other, ensuring safety and making sure that
everyone is doing their fair share of the work. Individuals learn how to
operate within group challenge activities as well as day to day tasks
including cooking, cleaning, hiking, setting up camp and looking after the
These aspects of Camp Kokoda programs provide wonderful opportunities
for participants to explore how well they work together. The group quickly
start working as one and it demands a contribution from everyone. Instructors
utilise challenging situations to stimulate discussion and insight into what it means
to be a good family and community member.
CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS DEVELOPING INDEPENDENCE, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMUNITY MINDEDNESS.
3. GROUP DEVELOPMENT
Relationship development and relationship maintenance are the final two of the four key areas of emotional intelligence (Daniel Goleman, 1995) that Camp Kokoda focuses on.
Our programs enhance:
Empathy and social responsibility
Accepting support and supporting others
Bonding and supporting each other through negative and positive experiences
Accurate perception of others
Accepting and giving feedback
Group goal setting and the process of achieving those goals
5. CONNECTION WITH NATURE
Camp Kokoda lies in the Scenic Rim Shire on the shores of Maroon Dam. It is a semi-wilderness property that includes a number of sensitive eco-environments.
As an outdoor education service provider, we have a responsibility to show the generations of tomorrow how to appropriately interact with nature. Our instructors role model appropriate camping behaviour - heightening the sensitivity of these environments and the need to reduce our collective environmental footprint.
We also recognise that with the prevalence of technology, moments to reconnect with nature are limited. At Camp Kokodam we create positive nature experiences, thus encouraging participants to become the environmental advocates of the future.
6. FUN AND EXCITEMENT!
Karl Rohnke, game-master from Project Adventure and author of numerous books on gaming, coined the term FUNN (Functional Understanding Not Necessary) to highlight the fact that if an activity is fun, it increases the potential for intrinsic motivation and involvement.
Creating moments of fun can draw the participants into the program - it's quite irresistible! Doing something for no other reason than the fact that it's enjoyable can break the ice with groups and assist in making the participants feel comfortable and safe, which then transfers to the rest of the camp activities.
As soon as you get off the bus, Camp Kokoda instructors begin the fun. They implement games and activities that get participants moving, engaged and enjoying themselves straight away! With every spare moment, they'll slot in games, riddles and activities to increase enjoyment and engagement, all increasing the chances of learning and self-discovery.