Founded in 2015, The Field Trip was established in order to provide children with opportunities to reach their potential and lead their communities. What started off as a small community youth group has grown into a movement being the change Field Trip members want to see in the world.
What we want and how we do it
The Field Trip is a journey to a better world for all of us, an adventure of discovery, seeing ourselves, each other and the world with new eyes. We go on adventures. Every week. Adventures to do with things we care about: leadership, community, creativity and nature and sustainability. We empower young people to feel confident and capable to contribute to and lead their communities. Because the world will be a better place if they do.
The Field Trip is a social enterprise, a not for profit organisation registered with the ACNC.
We foster leadership for everyone at the Field Trip. Our participants are aged 8+, our drivers (leaders) are employed from age 16 and we invite and include mentors, specialists, experts of any age to come on our adventures and contribute to the program. Field Trip leaders (and our specialists or experts) have experience working with young people, receive training, have working with children's checks, and adhere to our strict child safe policy. The well-being and safety of all participants is our primary priority. Field Trip leaders are called Drivers and have a say about all program, budget and resource issues. They are involved in planning days and performance reviews, program development and promotion of the Field Trip. See more about what inspires our leadership style here.
We are currently based in Romsey (at the Romsey Mechanics Institute) and Castlemaine (at the Castlemaine Community House). We hope to be based in Sunbury (at Sunbury Cobaw Community Health) and in Woodend (at the Woodend Neighbourhood House) starting in 2022. We are also looking to grow. Please get in touch if you'd like to explore setting up a Field Trip program in your town.
It's $200 per term for ages 8-15 (and less for our online programs). Discounts and scholarships are offered so no child is excluded from the program for financial reasons. Please contact us for more information. Participants around the age of 15 or 16, depending on their interest and experience are invited to undertake a FREE Drivers in Training (leadership) Program and we employ young people from ages 16/17 and up to lead and deliver the program to the younger participants.
Where your money goes
Fees cover the salaries of our young leaders as well as program and compliance expenses. So Field Trip members join knowing that by the time they graduate from the program at the age of 15, they are then invited to undertake training to become a paid leader themselves.
The program has regular segments in each session where participants get the chance to share views, have a voice and lead aspects of the program every week. Although we undertake a wide range of projects, the program consistently empowers young people to aspire to lead and create capital for our communities. Please see the program here.
The Field Trip, though not relying on government subsidy or sponsorship, is grateful for the many friends and sponsors who are supportive of what we do. We are currently powered by the Lancefield and Romsey Community Bank, the Hepburn Shire Council and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council. Thank you.