Mount Lawley Bush Ranger Cadets


The school's Bush Ranger Cadet Unit was established in 1998, and each year takes between 90 and 130 cadets from Years 7 to 12.


Weekly Training

The Unit meets on Monday afternoons between 3:00pm and 5:00pm, and all Cadets are expected to attend. Training ranges from camp craft and survival through to first aid, conservation and the ecosystems and environments of Western Australia.


Our Camping Program

Each year we undertake an ambitious camping program, with at least one camp per term, which has become one of the great strengths of our Unit.

It is roughly based on a two year cycle (meaning it is unlikely that we will camp in the same place in consecutive years), with plenty of adjustments to provide variety and to take advantage of opportunities. At the moment, our program looks like this:

  Odd Years Even Years
Term 1
Wellington Camp
Boranup Camp
Term 2
Leaning Tree Camp
Very Big Rock Camp
Term 3
Very Big Rock Camp
Camel Soak Camp
Term 4
Tree Camp
Summit2Sea Camp


We also have a few additional experiences, with one of them usually running each year - it means that most Cadets who stick with the program for a few years will get at least one opportunity to attend one of these trips during their time with the Unit. They are by invitation (based on effort and commitment), and easily the most amazing experiences we offer.

Shark Bay Experience

Working as a team with the Rangers in Shark Bay for a week.

Karijini-Ningaloo Trip

Taking in Two of the most magnificent national parks in WA, Karijini gorges and the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park.

The Millstream Experience

Working as a team with the Rangers in the Millstream Chichester National Park for a week to clean out Chirndawarrina Pool.

The Ningaloo Experience

Working as a team with the Rangers in the Ningaloo Marine Park & Cape Range National Park near Exmouth for a week.


Community Service & Conservation

Community Service projects form an integral part of the Unit's work. Each of our camps will usually involve some form of work in the region we are visiting, some examples include:

  • Sand brushing
  • Track building and maintenance
  • Beach clean up
  • Tree planting

We are also involved in projects nearer to the school:

  • Inglewood Triangle Bushland
  • Landcare Exhibit at the Perth Royal Show
  • Tree Planting in the Kwenda Maarlark wetlands at Perth International Airport


Our Instructors


Our Instructors are largely volunteer teachers from Mount Lawley Senior High School. Over the years we have also incorporated local youth leaders and parents in our programs, as well as a number of past Cadets who have returned as Instructors.

The Unit has been led by our School Chaplain, Andrew Paul, since 1998.

Instructors have Working With Children Cards, and are trained in first aid.


Interested in Joining?


Talking to Andrew the Chaplain, or to someone who is already in the Cadet Unit, is a good way of finding out more about what is involved.

  1. Get hold of the Application Package (available outside Andrew the Chaplain's Office) at the start of Terms 1 and 3. They are due by the Wednesday of Week 2.
  2. Read through to find out what is involved.
  3. Complete the Application Forms, remembering that your parents will have to sign them in several places.
  4. Hand the form in to Andrew the Chaplain, or to his pigeon hole in Student Services.


This service operates with the financial support of the Department of Local Government and Communities through the Cadets WA program, and is resourced and supported by the Department of Parks & Wildlife.