Taking approximately 2 hours and catering for up to 140 participants, the lateral thinking activity focuses specifically on team building. Sub-groups of up to 15 work as self-managing groups, drawing upon the leadership skills, thinking abilities and energies of all participants within the group.
This is usually a non-competitive activity with an emphasis upon an OH & S approach to all solutions, which must also only be group solutions. Simple obstacles become as complex as the mix of personalities within the group.
A Valley Homestead Instructor introduces the course and sets you on your way.
Bush Survival Day
The Bush Survival Day can occupy the whole day from 9.30 to 4.00pm or it can be shortened to allow for the inclusion of a 2-hour afternoon activity on the high ropes.
As one of Valley Homestead’s enduring activities, the Bush Survival program teaches the skills of safe and effective camp fire lighting and billy boiling in a well supervised session prior to participants then being isolated in the bush in groups of approximately 10.
Each group is given a box of food to be cooked, a box of matches, a billy of water and some foil. The group cook their lunch, make up a chant and also are required to build a stretcher to transport their ‘snake bite victim’ back to the Bush Activity Centre.
Instruction is given during the morning session on various aspects of coping in the bush including bush fire survival, emergency procedures, snake bite treatment and other related topics. The end of the day includes a ‘debrief’ with each group reporting, on their success or otherwise in bush cooking, performing their chant and by a demonstration of each group’s stretcher in action.