NSW State Vertical Activity School

Event Details
Sat 20th Apr 2024 (2pm) to Thu 25th Apr 2024 (11am)
Bungonia National Park
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Participant - $480.00
Assistant Guide - $380.00
Staff (Guide, Welfare, Photography) - $180.00
Guide partial assist - 3 day - $120.00
Guide partial assist - 2 day - $80.00
Guide partial assist - 1 day - $40.00
Open: Fri 15th Mar 2024 (12am)
Close: Sun 7th Apr 2024 (5pm)
Scouts NSW, State Adventurous Activities Team
Brief Summary:
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 running a Vertical Activity School during the April holidays.   


  • 20 April – school opens at 1500 (Activity Guides only please arrive early, 9am start)

  • 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: The School will be fully catered.  

  • 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 locations includes Macquarie Pass, Bungonia and Blue Mountains. 

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. 


  • Participant – $480 

  • Assistant Guide – $380 

  • Guide, Welfare and Photography – $180 

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