Context

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, an adventure of discovery, seeing ourselves, each other and the world with new eyes. We run camps and special programs for young people. We go on adventures: adventures to do with things we care about: leadership, community, creativity and nature and sustainability. We try and see things from the perspective of others. We encourage empathy and compassion and empower young people to feel confident and capable to contribute to and lead their peers and communities. Because the world will be a better place if they do. 

Structure

The Field Trip is a social enterprise, a not for profit organisation registered with the ACNC

Leadership

We foster leadership for everyone at the Field Trip, people of all ages, cultures, backgrounds and abilities. Our participants are aged 9+, our drivers (leaders) are aged 16+ and we include drivers in training (leaders in training) from aged 15; we also include mentors, specialists, experts of any age to join us on our adventures and contribute to the program. Please email us for more information.

Qualifications and Training for Drivers (leaders)

Our Drivers (leaders) are qualified and paid employees. The Field Trip has been working with, training and employing young people to be Drivers (leaders) since 2015.  Field Trip drivers are passionate about empowering and engaging children in a positive way. Many of our Drivers have worked with us for several years. All Field Trip Drivers have experience working with children to safely encourage and empower their participation: some have first aid certificates, some are teacher trained and some are studying (or have studied) related courses in education and working with children. Young leaders are mentored by our more experienced Drivers, all of whom have training and experience and Working with Children Check Cards. All Drivers receive ongoing training based on information approved by the Commission for Children and Young People, including:

  1. A Guide to Creating a Child Safe Organisation

  2. A tool to help The Field Trip implement and action our Child Safe Organisation, which we revise annually

  3. A tip sheet for what to look for in a Child Safe Organisation and

  4. A tip sheet for safely empowering the participation of children in our activities

Safety

Field Trip Drivers (and our specialists or experts) have experience working with young people, receive regular training, have working with children's checks, and adhere to our strict child safe policy. Everything we do is transparent and visible to participants, parents and the community. We invite parents and community specialists to support our child safe program and be on site as witness to our activities and positive program for children. The well-being and safety of all participants is our primary priority. Field Trip Drivers have a say in all aspects of program planning. They are involved in strategy days, leadership training, program development and promotion of the Field Trip. See more about what inspires our leadership style here

 

Locations

Our programs and camps are held at various locations, depending on the needs of the content and the interests of leaders, participants and partners. Check each program we run to find out where it's being held.  

Cost

Cost varies according to the camp and program we're running. We try and keep fees affordable for participants. We also provide subsidies and scholarships for those who require it, if at all possible. No child is refused participation for financial reasons.

Program

The program is always about seeing life with new eyes. Whether we run a camp or special program, we're always trying to see and understand the perspective of others, for our own personal growth and to improve the community and world we live in. Please read more about our program and activities here.

Sponsorship

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 Blue Light Youth Camp. Thank you.