Outdoor Youth Programs

Improving resilience, learning and wellbeing among young people.
A new study by the Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance (OYPRA) developed and conducted over nine years has shown camps and outdoor education programs can lead to improved mental health and wellbeing in young people.


The extensive research undertaken by OYPRA will help inform policy and practice, and lead to more strategic investment in Australia’s outdoor programs for learning, healthy living and positive youth development.

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Camps lead to better health outcomes Australians who have gone on school camps know firsthand that outdoor learning programs support personal development and learning new skills.

Why are these findings important? The incidence of mental illness in Australia continues to rise amongst young people. Camps and outdoor learning programs offer a solution to strengthen and support the mental health of young Australians as proven in research conducted by OYPRA.


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