NSW State Vertical School - Expression of Interest

Event Details
Sat 20th Apr 2024 (4pm) to Thu 25th Apr 2024 (9am)
Bungonia National Park
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Expression of interest - Free
Open: Mon 5th Feb 2024 (12am)
Close: Tue 27th Feb 2024 (11pm)
Maximum 80 people
Scouts NSW, State Adventurous Activities Team
Brief Summary:
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for the NSW State Vertical Activity School. An achievement-focused vertical school for those with existing verifiable skills working toward Assistant Guide and Guide (Cert II and Cert III).
Additional Information


NSW State Vertical Activity School

An achievement-focused vertical school for those with existing verifiable skills working toward Assistant Guide and Guide (Cert II and Cert III).

NSW is looking to run a Vertical Activity School during the April holidays and is seeking expressions of interest at this stage.  

Program Concept (to be confirmed:

  • 20 April – school opens at 1500
  • 21 April – consolidate and align abseil, belay and rigging skills
  • 22 April – vertical rescue skills and complex vertical rescue (for those who hold vertical rescue already) skills 
  • 23 -24 April – stream into major: canyoning, caving and climbing sections to consolidate skills
  • 25 April – dawn ANZAC service, school closes at 1100

Participant Pre-requisites:

  • Youth: must be 14 years of age and hold a minimum of OAS Stage 4
  • Adult: must hold Trained Participant Core and Safe Participant Abseiling who can prusik
  • Must provide a verifiable logbook


  • Sleeping:   Provide your own tent and sleeping gear, the school is under canvas!
  • Transport: We are examining options including the train from Sydney to and from Marulan and minibuses from Marulan to Bungonia campsite and activity locations.
  • Catering: We are examining options for catering.  Our preference is a catered school.
  • Equipment: You will need to bring your helmet and harness, prusik loops, carabiners, and your preferred descender. We will specify further equipment details on registration.


  • The primary location is Bungonia where we have access to caves, cliffs and canyons.
  • Climbing alternate locations include Nowra and Mittagong.
  • Canyoning alternate location includes Macquarie Pass.

Attendee Roles:

  • Participant – you are seeking to build your skills toward Assistant Guide.
  • Assistant Guide – you are identified by the Vertical Council as operating at the Assistant Guide level and are working toward Guide. You will be working at the School as an Assistant Guide.
  • Guide – you want to help others build their skills and will be working at the School as a Guide.
  • Welfare – you aren’t a vertical person but want to help with participant welfare, catering or other support roles.
  • Photography – you love photography or videography including drone videography and want to support us in that way.

Indicative Prices:

  • Participant – around $500 to $600
  • Assistant Guide – around $350
  • Guide, Welfare and Photography – around $150

Registrations Closed