Heidi brightens any day with her infectious smile, positive attitude and genuine joie de vivre - and is one of our longest standing and most trusted Activity Facilitators for School Camps, Corporate Team Building and, of course, School Holidays Day Camps.
But that’s not all this multi–talented gem gets up to, let's find out what else keeps her busy...
Q: Firstly, tell us what you love about working at Woodhouse?
One of my favourite things about working at Woodhouse is the fantastic people I get to work with, who make every day fun. There’s never a dull moment here - I love being outdoors and doing hands on activities all day, especially because the property is beautiful year-round! I am also really passionate about working with kids and creating opportunities for them to reconnect with nature, develop practical skills, and just be kids. I always feel lucky to be able to say that I genuinely love my job.
Q: What fills your days when you’re not at Woodhouse?
I’ve just finished my fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts / Masters of Teaching, specialising in primary teaching. Next year I’m going into a Masters of Teaching to broaden my skills before I head out to teach in a classroom. My favourite part of the degree is the student teaching placements, where I get to apply all of the theoretical knowledge, and help students achieve that “aha” moment when something finally clicks.
Q: Tell us about your involvement in Scouting?
I’ve been involved in Scouts since I was 12, and am currently a Rover. Rovers is the oldest youth section of Scouts, for 18-26 year olds. Some of the highlights from my time in Scouts have been hiking in the Grampians, flying a glider plane, and all of the friends I’ve made - half of which I now happen to work at Woodhouse with!
Oh - I also volunteer as a Cub Scout Leader. It’s so rewarding to help the kids develop confidence and leadership skills through the different activities we do.
Q: So, when you’re not at Woodhouse, on placement, completing assignments, at Uni or volunteering, what do you do to relax?
You’ll find me painting, roller skating or doing something outdoors - I’m happiest when I’m active or learning something new! I love to paint on unconventional canvasses like shoes and jackets, and to keep a sketchbook of my travels and things I see out and about. I love outback camping and hiking, and have been to some spectacular parts of Australia. One of my favourite experiences was hiking for two full weeks in Tasmania through the snow. Recently, I've also gotten into indoor rock climbing, with a couple of mates from Woodhouse.
Pre-Christmas Day Camps are fully booked out… but if Heidi sounds like the type of person you want your 5-13 year old to hang out with these holidays, there is still space remaining in the January sessions.
Clever parents are doubling it as a Christmas gift – look out for the print-at-home gift notification in the confirmation email!
As we emerge from such uncertainty and social disconnection, we know how important camping and outdoor experiences are to people's mental and physical health and are thrilled to announce that we are open for day adventures, camping and weekend family getaways in our chalets!
In fact, we believe that being outdoors on a 54 hectare property, breathing in the fresh country air and being active is a pretty great place for your family group to be right now, providing our public health and safety expectations are followed.
We’re also taking additional precautions including sanitising discs for Disc Golf, Tubes for Tube Sliding and orienteering maps after each use, elements on Challenge Hill and in The Labyrinth are being regularly disinfected – and you can wander down our Wetlands trail, go on the Woodhouse Scavenger Hunt... or simply explore the property in all its Autumn glory without a need to touch anything.
Open earlier for your comfort.
Please note that the standard Tube Slide opening hours will vary over the hotter months. From December 1st, until further notice, the opening hours will be 9.30am-1pm on Saturdays and Sundays and only when forecasted weather in Piccadilly is under 35 degrees.
*OUR GIANT SPLIT-LEVEL MAZE HAS CHANGED!*
For the first time since installation, the panels in The Labyrinth has been shuffled to create a completely new route!
17 new riddles, a selfie station and some funky facts have been added to each of the dead-ends in the newly configured Labyrinth. Think you know the way out? Think again!
Did you hear??
On Friday 8th of November, Woodhouse took home the sought-after RAA Voters’ Choice Tourism Award (Accommodation) and also received a Silver award in the Adventure Tourism category of the South Australian Tourism Awards!!
Read on > to see a message of thanks from GM, James Sellers
Read on > to see latest press release
Oooh look! It's Woodhouse General Manager, James Sellers, in the latest edition of The Adelaide Hills Weekender Herald!
Did you know he's recently been appointed Deputy Chair of the Adelaide Hills Tourism Board? Is there anything this man can't do?
If you're wanting to make a weekend of it, the 3 extremely rustic onsite Cabins have all been transformed into cosy Chalets, perfect for a couples getaway or family adventure.
Click the links to take a look a the photos and find out more about each:
Please be aware that Woodhouse Activity Centre will be closed to the public for a private event on the 19th and 20th of October 2019. Please plan your visit around these dates.
If you're new to camping, or between tents, we've got your covered.
For an additional $15 person, you can hire a tent and mattress, so all you need to worry about is your sleeping gear. Pack up is included in your hire, but for a few extra bucks we'll even set it up for you (we do encourage you to have the full camping experience and do this yourself, though... it's all part of the fun!).
Click for all the deets! CAMPING & ACTIVITY PASS
As our cultural core business, Scout Groups enjoy heavily discounted accommodation, camping and day entry rate for official Scouting activities at Woodhouse.
Now, Scout Members will enjoy 20% off School Holiday Day Camps, Day Activity Pass and Camping! Head in with the family and present your Scout Membership Card to save on your total camping or day fee – or follow the prompts on the online form when booking in for School Holidays UNPLUGGED. (one transaction per day)
Woodhouse is in the running to win the South Australian Tourism Awards and with your help we could win the RAA Voters’ Choice Award!
By submitting a vote, you will automatically go in the running to win one of three fantastic RAA travel prizes:
1). ‘Lions & Wine’ experience at Monarto Zoo and The Lane Vineyard for two people, valued at $2,380.
2). One Rawnsley Park holiday for two people including two nights’ accommodation at Rawnsley Park Station with daily continental breakfast provisions, full day guided tour of Flinders Ranges National Park and 30 minute Wilpena Pound scenic flight, valued at $1,780.
3). One SeaLink Kangaroo Island holiday for two people including return ferry travel, plus a standard vehicle and two nights’ accommodation at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge with daily breakfast, valued at $1,096.
**A WOODHOUSE FIRST**
To keep the visitor experience at maximum enjoyment, for the first time in the history of Woodhouse, we have reached the need to cap the accepted number of campers. Book in before you miss out! Click here to reserve a space – fees payable upon arrival (listed below).
It's here!!!! Program lineup for Spring School Holidays has been released - get on it! Click to view
As Jack Johnson once sang... 'Yeah, it's always better when we're together'... the new Maxi-Tubes are even more fun when you ride as a pair.
Head in this weekend and decide for yourself which is best - straight, curved or tandem!
Click for all the details you need to know about Tube Slides
Check out the flash flood we had in Cox's Creek at the bottom of Challenge Hill that completely covered over the bridge, the Wade & Climb and the Rope Swing Crossing obstacles. It was pretty crazy and happened within the space of about 15 minutes. Then, by the next morning - right back to normal! Thankfully no major damage was caused and the obstacles were ready for action in time for the weekend.
We're thrilled to have welcomed Briony Hume and the team from SA Weekender to Woodhouse during the winter school holidays. The feature aired on 4th August 2019 and is a great showcase of what you can expect from a day at our house...
Check it out...
On 'World Scout Day' Scouts Australia (SA Branch) would like to recognise the outstanding achievement and contributions to the Scouting Movement, of Leaders and Supporters of Scouting who have been awarded Adult Recognition Awards on 1 August 2019.
The South Australian Branch Chief Commissioner Harry Long and SA President Mr Paul Dickson thank these adults for their dedication and commitment to Scouting on behalf of the many thousands of Scouts, both past and present.
*MT LOFTY ADVENTURE HUB OPEN ON WEEKENDS AT WOODHOUSE!*
On your last visit to Woodhouse, you may have noticed Venture Corporate Recharge's 'MT LOFTY ADVENTURE HUB' sitting among the pine forest.
We are thrilled to announce that the team from Venture are now opening their 15 metre Rock Climbing and Abseiling Tower, and SA's longest Zipline, at a whopping 324 metres long on weekends to add even more to your Woodhouse experience!
Sessions run for an hour, with tickets only $40pp. Tickets per session are limited so pre-book to ensure your spot.