French Island School Camp - The French Island Quest
Phone: 1300 390 818
Around the beachfire and campfire on French island
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French Island Quest School Camp

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French Island Quest School Camp:

Location: McLeods EcoFarm, French Island National Park
Camp Duration: 2-5 Days
School Camp Style: Themed Residential or Journey-Based
Theme: It is 1916 and the Victorian State Government after carefully analysing every hectare of French Island specifically selected the fertile and pristine location to establish The McLeod Prison Farm. This School Camp also includes a Phillip Island visit.
Suitable for: Grade 4 - Year 12
Accommodation: Choose from Dorms, or Camping Out
Transport: Provided
Food: Restaurant Quality Fully Catered / or Self Cook option
Equipment: Yes
Activities: Agriculture, Kayaking, Coast & Bushwalking, Mountain Biking, Ecological Farming, Biodiverse Farming, Ecosystem and Marine Education, Campcraft, Beachfire, many more...

Setting the scene:

It is 1916 and the Victorian State Government after carefully analysing every hectare of French Island specifically selected the fertile and pristine location to establish The McLeod Prison Farm.

The Island discovered by French explorer Nicholaus Baudan in 1802 was sparsely populated by chicory and dairy farmers. Your students have been chosen as part of the first Prison Wardens, to try and escape from the Island and discover how convicts could escape when the prison opens on July 17 1916.


This is a journey of discovery as students undertake a Quest across French Island, experiencing the daily challenges and adventures of being a prison warden. This Quest program or journey is tailored to the specific needs of the school and the students that participate, developing life skills.

Objectives & Outcomes:

  • A fantastic and fun experience!
  • Awareness and respect of early pioneering life in this remote location
  • Overcoming problems as a team as they travel through the bush
  • To understand individuals strengths and weaknesses in order to work effectively, and enhance self-esteem
  • Successful Teamwork and communication
  • Understanding the role of a leader
  • Develop responsibility, hazard awareness and risk assessment skills
  • Meet challenges in outdoor activities
  • Learn about modern eco friendly farming practices
  • Learn about the local eco systems, Organic Produce, and Agriculture
  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between man and the natural environment