Glengarry – Outdoor Education Program

"Glengarry is one of the biggest treks in the world, but it comes with the greatest view at the end." Year 9 Calum Hutcheson

Founding Principal Graeme Rennie knew that exposing boys to the natural environment and creating opportunities for them to be challenged physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and academically in the context of the outdoors, would develop boys in a distinct manner that would set Scots boys apart.

The Glengarry two term residential experience is conducive to boys' rapid social development, a rite of passage into manhood. Located in the pristine Kangaroo Valley, two hours south west of Sydney, Glengarry provides a learning environment with the highest level of ORIC accreditation with extensive state-of-the-art safety and risk management procedures. It is here where the boys learn the tools they need to grow into fine young men. At Glengarry Scots boys discover...

  • personal strengths through experiential learning opportunities spanning all academic curriculum areas.
  • the value of our environment first hand. Located in a region renowned for its high biodiversity value, housing an abundance of native flora and fauna, Glengarry is the ideal Science classroom.
  • the benefit of healthy eating and exercise.
  • an expanded world view without mobiles, game consoles and television.
  • an enriched bond with their family through letter correspondence and family visits.
  • how to face their fears and enter 'the challenge zone', extending themselves beyond their wildest dreams.
  • how to live with others in a community of their peers in a two term residential stay in which life-long friendships are formed.
  • a deeper understanding of Christian values and teaching in relation to God, the world, and the environment of which they are a part, and their relationship to them.

"Glengarry provides experiences of excellence, team spirit and adventure, which challenges boys to fully realise their inner strengths and individual resources, providing a platform for them to flourish in life." The Scots College Principal, Dr Ian PM Lambert

Boys, who are confronted with challenges that take them beyond their comfort zones, discover new strengths and capabilities. Glengarry's Lifestyle Leadership Program encourages boys to persevere week after week on long term goals, emerging with strength and stamina they didn't know they had.

New to the program in 2012 and onwards is the Long Journey Home, a hike of over 200 kilometres bringing a conclusion for the boys' time at Glengarry and taking them home to Bellevue Hill. Involving mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and a ferry ride from Bundeena to Rose Bay, this rite of passage concludes the Glengarry staff handing back the boys to their families.

The Glengarry Boarding experience is a defining period in the boys' lives and often recalled by Old Boys of the College as the highlight of their time at Scots.

The Glengarry outdoor education activities include:

  • Run and ride program
  • Climbing and abseiling
  • Camping - living off the land
  • Canoeing and (sea) kayaking
  • Orienteering
  • Hiking
  • Caving
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding

Download the Glengarry Outdoor Education Brochure

Glengarry Dates - Intake 2 2015

Term 4

Wednesday 7 October - Boys depart Bellevue Hill at 12:00pm
Tuesday 20 October - Womens Association Visit to Glengarry (Susan Bourke is the coordinator of this event)
Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November - A and B Dorm Parent Hike
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November - C, D and E Parent Hike
Friday 13 November - Boys depart Glengarry at 10:00am for Exeat weekend
Monday 16 November - Boys depart Bellevue Hill at 12:00pm
Friday 27 November - start of Long Journey Home
Wednesday December - End of Long Journey Home at Bellevue Hill
Friday 4 December - Speech Day

Glengarry Dates Intake 1 - 2016

Thursday 28 January - Boys depart Bellevue Hill at 12:00pm
Sunday 14 February - Parent Visiting Day
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February - A and B Dorm Parent Hike
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March - C, D and E Dorm Parent Hike
Thursday 24 March (Easter Break)- Depart Glengarry 10:00am
Tuesday 29 March - Return Glengarry from Bellevue Hill at 12:00pm
Wednesday 6 April - Boys depart Glengarry at 10:00am
Thursday 7 April - Parent/Teacher Interviews at Bellevue Hill


The Scots College Glengarry Campus
Jacks Corner Road
Kangaroo Valley NSW 2577


Glengarry Administration Department
T: (+61 2) 4465 1089