What? Bucket lunch again! An exploration of dietary perspectives and practices of journey-based outdoor leaders in an Australian context

Mr Brendon Munge1, Mrs Jaclyn Munge1,2, Dr Marcus Morse2, Dr Adrienne Forsyth2
1University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Australia; 2La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia


What we eat, how much we eat, and how it affects us has numerous implications when we lead journey based outdoor education trips. This presentation reports on a study of outdoor leaders from an Australian outdoor education provider and the resultant strategies they implement to manage their diets. The research identified that journey-based outdoor leaders could be at risk of nutrient deficiencies due to repetitive menus and/or poor dietary practices, with implications for resultant personal health and work performance. To understand these issues, the researchers explored the outdoor leaders’ dietary preferences and motivations for dietary practices, with findings corroborated by field observations on two journey-based programs.

This presentation will discuss the key findings that influence the dietary practices of the outdoor leaders and provide insights into methods to aid the dietary planning for outdoor leaders. This presentation will be beneficial for employers, teachers and practitioners, as it will provide a framework to improve the menu planning for outdoor journeys and the overall wellbeing of outdoor leaders.

Brendon Munge is an associate lecturer in Outdoor and Environmental Studies in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. His teaching focuses on providing the foundational, practical and theoretical experiences for new outdoor educators as they prepare to work in the profession. He is a current PhD candidate with a focus on outdoor fieldwork pedagogy in higher education.

Dr Marcus Morse is a senior lecturer in Outdoor Environmental Education at La Trobe University, Australia. Marcus’ research interests are in the areas of place-based education, wild pedagogies, dialogue and forms of paying attention to outdoor environments.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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