Bush Rangers W.A. Cadets is a community development program, supporting young Western Australians in taking an active role in their community through conservation of the natural environment. They will engage in a variety of practical nature conservation projects, recreational activities and leadership/teambuilding activities in this out-of-school program. The program is run by dedicated staff members who volunteer their time to deliver this program with the support of Cadets W.A., Dept. of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the school. The program is endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).  Completion of Levels 1, 2 and 3 by cadets in Years 10, 11 and 12 may count towards meeting requirements of the WA Certificate of Education (WACE), as well as volunteer hours.

Who Can Join?

Any Yanchep Secondary College students in Year 7 may apply. Students in other year groups must have ‘good standing’ and seek a recommendation from a staff member to ensure they adhere to College and BRWA values.  If enrolments are high, applicants will be placed on a waiting list until a space becomes available.


At this stage there is no charge for students joining cadets however, cadets are expected to purchase new caps and shirts should they be lost or damaged and require replacement.  They are also required to purchase their own food and self cater for all camps. The program is supported by Cadets WA, Department of Local Government and Communities, Department of Parks and Wildlife and other community organisations to help subsidise the cost of activities throughout the year.


Cadets meet after school every Thursday during the school year between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. Each term we provide an outline of activities, including any whole-day excursions and overnight camps.  Past activities have included:

  • Rehabilitation of Newman Park Bush Land
  • Conservation work in Yanchep National Park
  • Tree planting
  • Sustainable Fishing at Hillarys
  • Mountain biking
  • Bush walking and hiking
  • Handling snakes, reptiles and birds of prey
  • Experiencing Indigenous culture and bush tucker
  • Teambuilding, leadership and social skills games
  • Caving
  • Swimming
  • and much, much more!


Our Unit Leader, Mr Gary Thirlwell, is happy to answer your questions via email at or by contacting the College on 9562 8000.