Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Camp held?

The Armidale School’s Forensic Science Camp is held at The Armidale School campus in Armidale NSW, 550km north of Sydney and 500km south of Brisbane on the New England Highway.

When is the Camp on?

The 2020 Camp starts with registration from 12 pm – 2 pm on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 and finishes at approximately 12 pm on Saturday, 11 July 2020.

What does it cost?

$600, which covers full board and the entire Camp program. NO EXTRA MONEY OR FOOD WILL BE REQUIRED by students, the Camp will provide everything that is needed.

No payment is required until your application has been accepted and our minimum numbers for the camp to proceed have been met. Successful campers will be advised when payment is required. It is also advised that travel plans are not paid for until this time also.

Where will Students be accommodated?

Campers will stay in the residential boarding houses at The Armidale School. Males and females will be accommodated in separate boarding houses, with appropriate adult supervision from Camp staff. The camp also gives students a fantastic opportunity to have a residential, “boarding school” experience.

When is the closing date for applications?

Applications will be received and evaluated until the spaces at the Camp are all taken up. When the Camp is full, a notice will be posted on this website.

Who runs the Forensic Science Camp at Armidale?

A number of Year 9 and 10 students from various schools from different parts of NSW, ACT and QLD are the driving force of the Camp with the assistance of Ms Alice Hudson from The Armidale School.

What level of adult supervision is there?

The camp is essentially run by a group of school students (the Student Management Team). A part of their organisational role is to ensure that there is adult supervision in areas where this is appropriate or essential, eg especially in the laboratories and in the boarding houses at night. All adult Camp staff are screened for suitability by the Camp Manager, Ms Alice Hudson, and have completed appropriate child protection declarations.

Who is the Camp for?

The Camp is designed for talented and motivated science students who are in Year 8. It is up to each school to determine whether their students have the qualities that will allow them to benefit from the Camp.

What will participants achieve?

Children who demonstrate interest and ability in learning will benefit greatly from the extension that this Camp will provide. The focus for the Camp is complex problem solving with a forensic science theme. This area lends itself well to both the acquisition of specific scientific techniques and skills and opportunities for real-world problem-solving. In addition, the residential nature of the Camp, together with an organised recreational program, provides an excellent social context.

What will happen at the Camp?

Participants will be fully supervised. Each day will feature a carefully planned mixture of academic and recreational programs. In small groups, students will work together to solve a ‘crime’, learning a variety of skills such as microscopy, chromatography, database searching, fingerprint analysis, cryptography, collaborative problem-solving.

The goal of each group is to solve the crime, and then use the evidence they have collected to prosecute the criminal in a committal presentation on Saturday, which is open to parents and members of the public.

At least 2 hours of each day is spent ‘resting the brain’ with a recreation program that includes the use of a gymnasium, other sporting facilities, and large open spaces. In addition, the evenings will include activities such as theatre sports, trivia night, games and films.

How do I apply?

Go to the “How To Apply” section of this website. All applications must be sent via email in the manner described in this website. Paper-based applications will not be processed. Please ensure that you check your email regularly after sending through your application. You should expect to hear from us within a week of sending through your application.

How is transport organised?

Transport to Armidale is the sole responsibility of the camper. We will meet all trains, planes and buses in Armidale, and ensure that connections are not missed when returning home. To do this, we must have travel details for any student travelling by train, plane or bus.

What do you need to bring?

Campers need to bring clothing, pillow, sleeping bag or doona, towel and toiletries. They also need to bring clothes suitable to play sport (swimmers are optional) and clothes suitable for the final Committal Presentation. The Camp is held during the Armidale winter, which can be very cold, so students are advised to bring warm clothing.

We understand that students may wish to bring a mobile phone &/or electronic devices to camp, however, we require that they do not use them between 8 am and 5 pm as it distracts them from the purpose of the camp. The school takes no liability for any equipment brought on site.

The Committal Presentation

An important facet of the TAS Forensic Science Camp is the committal presentation that presents evidence to send alleged criminals from the crime scenarios to trial. The committal presentation will take place on the last day of the Camp. The role of the judge is played by a legal professional. The committal presentation will begin at 9 am on Saturday at Memorial Hall.

Lunch for family and friends after the Committal Presentations

Campers’ family, friends and the general public are invited to join the campers and camp managers for a sit-down hot lunch at the end of the camp. Lunch tickets are included with the camp fees. You can RSVP by emailing [email protected]