Parent tramp

There are many family-focused events held throughout the 18-week Tihoi Venture School programme which provide an opportunity for parents to visit their son on campus.

During the second half of a Tihoi intake, parents are invited to join their sons on a Parent Tramp. This experience is a wonderful opportunity to see your boy in action and for him to show you what he has learned. He will lead and guide you through this tramping experience.

We schedule two weekends to hold Parent Tramp and give you the option of which weekend you wish to attend (dates are on the Tihoi Calendar). Parents will receive a Google Form to complete which will include the dates of the tramp. These tramps are scaled to cater to your fitness and comfort levels and you can choose the level of tramp that best suits you.

It is optional for parents as we realise some parents will not be able to attend. Parents choose the level and are teamed up with their son and other families. Parents spend up to two hours alone with their son in the bush. The Tihoi instructor will consult with the group to decide when this will take place. A debrief may be held after solo.


Designed for fit and agile parents. Your group will be self-sufficient with each having to carry a pack for three days, sleeping in tents for two nights and enjoying off-track navigation. You will cook your own meals in the open and share a few yarns around the campfire. An opportunity will be provided for you and your son to complete a dual solo for two hours. This option will cover up to 20 kilometres of tramping.

Option 2

Designed for the semi-fit parents. On the first day, your group will walk for two to three hours to a base camp carrying your own pack and supplies. Once at camp, you set up your tents. Cooking takes place in the outdoors. On day two, you will go on a day trip with day packs, returning to your base camp in the evening to cook dinner, set up a campfire and share stories. An opportunity will be provided for you and your son to complete a solo for two hours. This option will cover up to 15 kilometres of tramping.

Option 3

Designed for the injured parents. If you are injured or unable to fully participate in tramping, please contact the Tihoi Director to discuss options.

What will you eat? Tihoi staff will provide all of the food you need for the trip. You will cook and eat the same food as the students as a group. The students will lead the meal preparation and may ask you to assist in some aspects.

Packing list

  • Clothing appropriate for outdoors
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Foam mat
  • 2L water bottle
  • Bowl, spoon, cup
  • Small knife
  • Head torch
  • Raincoat
  • Fleece jacket
  • 1 pair fleece trousers
  • Overtrousers (optional)
  • Lightweight camp shoes
  • Underwear
  • 2 wool/polypro tops
  • 1 wool/polypro long johns
  • 2 pair of socks
  • Gloves
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Small sunscreen
  • Toothbrush
  • Cooker (optional)
  • Matches
  • Small hand towel
  • Camera (optional)
  • Hot drink supplies
  • Snacks e.g. scroggin, muesli bars

    Tihoi supplies all the needs of the student.