Scholarship applications open: Youth bush program

Published on Tuesday, 15 March 2022 at 1:57:00 PM

Scholarship applications open: Youth bush program

An opportunity to learn and grow at a two-day bush adventure program will be provided to a group of local 13 to 18 year olds through a new scholarship program being offered by the Shire of Dardanup.

Applications are now being sought from residents interested in a scholarship that will cover participation in a Bush Adventure Learning Program provided by outdoor education expert Jocelyn Evans from Right Foot Forward.

Scholarship applications initially opened in December for a three-day camping program, however the project was subsequently placed on hold as new State Government Covid-19 mandates regarding school camps were announced.

The program has now been restructured and relaunched, reducing the amount of travel required and removing the overnight component to ensure compliance with the mandates. Scholarship applications received during the initial advertising period last year will be automatically considered for the restructured program.

Scholarship recipients will now attend two days of activities with bus transfers to and from the Eaton office provided on both days. The planned program will include Indigenous Culture sessions, hiking, abseiling and team building.

The Bush Adventure Learning Program provides opportunities for young people to engage in practical learning in the natural environment which simplifies life to our most basic needs of food, water, air, shelter and warmth.

Right Foot Forward WA was borne out of owner Jocelyn Evans’ passion and belief in the outcomes gained from adventure based learning and her desire to see all people have access to opportunities like the Bush Adventure Learning Camps.

Jocelyn has 18 years’ experience in the Outdoor Education industry, 3 years’ experience as a Youth Worker and is passionate about developing programs based on the principles of Bush Adventure Therapy.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett thanked community sponsors JP Group and the Eaton Lions Club for supporting the project.

Cr Bennett said the scholarship program addressed an action listed in the Place & Community Plan 2020-2030 adopted by Council earlier this year – In partnership with agencies, develop targeted programs for youth aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

Scholarship applications close on Monday, 4 April, 2022 with follow-up interviews to be conducted soon after.

For more information about the program contact Shire of Dardanup Place & Community Officer Samantha Dixon via email or by phone on (08) 9724 0392.

Or you can apply online HERE.

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