Rite of Passage Experience

The Rite of Passage Experience (ROPE) program is a wilderness camp for tweens and teens in Kangaroo Valley NSW near Sydney, designed to build resilience, enhance self-esteem and empower participants.

About the program

The Rite of Passage Experience replicates our Campfire Boardroom corporate wilderness retreat program, adapted especially for younger people aged 12–14 years. It is a live-in, catered camp experience in unspoilt Kangaroo Valley NSW just two hours from Sydney, undertaken over a 3 day/2 night or 5 day/4 night format.

Designed to empower the participant with a new-found confidence that can be incorporated into their everyday life, the program sequence is:

  • Disengagement (from devices)
  • Immersion in nature (peace, stillness, breathing)
  • Incremental challenge
  • Empowerment
  • Celebration

A typical program consists of numerous outdoor adventure activities like rock climbing, abseiling, navigation exercises, an overnight canoe expedition, team building activities, mountain biking and river hiking. 

Building resilience and mindfulness

This is a unique program that not only focusses upon resilience building but also aspects of mindfulness and creating an awareness of self. The group size is capped at 16 participants (minimum 8) – small enough for collective growth but also large enough for groups to be allocated and for team building/leadership activities to occur.

Our focus is upon empowering young people to be confident with who they are and liking who they see in the mirror. Our role is to facilitate the sharing of wisdom in an environment that nurtures that transfer of knowledge, hence a genuine rite of passage.

The outdoor environment and flow of the program transitions the participants from an introductory phase, into a challenge phase and finally out into the emergence phase – like caterpillars emerging from the chrysalis as butterflies. 

Groups are single sex, with a gender-specific program with the desirable outcomes similar yet delivered in their unique gender-specific way. For both boys and girls, the program is structured around physical challenge activities while immersing in nature and appreciating a world devoid of electronic and social media. 

Each participant will receive a momento of their journey, allowing them to reflect upon their achievements well into their young adult lives.

Interested in a parent-child experience?

The Rite of Passage Experience program is also available in a Father/Son, Mother/Daughter, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son format – see our ‘I See You’ parent-child camp program for details.

Designed to empower young people with a new-found confidence that can be incorporated into their everyday life – to be confident with who they are and liking who they see in the mirror.

Available Dates

3 day programs for girls:

  • Fri 3 May–Sun 5 May 2024
  • Fri 2 Aug–Sun 4 Aug 2024
  • Fri 22 Nov–Sun 24 Nov 2024

3 day programs for boys:

  • Fri 10 May–Sun 12 May 2024
  • Fri 9 Aug–Sun 11 Aug 2024
  • Fri 29 Nov–Sun 01 Dec 2024

5 day programs for girls:

  • Mon 30 Sept–Fri 04 Oct 2024

5 day programs for boys:

  • Mon 07 Oct–Fri 11 Oct 2024
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The ROPE program is suitable for young people within the age bracket of 12 to 14 years of age. Groups are single sex.

The 3 day/2 night program costs $1,200 per person.

The 5 day / 4 night program costs $1,600 per person.

The majority of our Rite of Passage Experience programs are run in Kangaroo Valley NSW, which is located two hours south of Sydney, one hour from Wollongong and three hours from Canberra.

We can also offer our programs in other locations in NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The ROPE programs are capped at 16, single sex, participants (minimum 8) within the age bracket of 12 to 14 years of age.

No, but our Rite of Passage Experience program is also available in a Father/Son, Mother/Daughter, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son format. See our ‘I See You’ parent-child camp program for details.

We provide everything you need for the program except a sleeping bag, pillow, clothes and toiletries. 

A full 'what to bring' list is provided on receipt of a 50% deposit paid at the time of booking (non-refundable but transferable), with the balance to be paid prior to arrival.

Each participant will also receive a momento of their journey, allowing them to reflect upon their achievements well into their young adult lives.

Consideration is given to dietary requirements. Feel free to get in touch to discuss this in more detail.