The Bushranger Cadets is the state's youth based nature conservation and community cadet group.
The Bushranger Cadets learn about the importance of looking after the environment as well as undertaking activities such as survival training, restoration projects, abseiling, rafting, wildlife handling, geocaching and many more fun and interesting outdoor and adventure activities. All cadets have the opportunity to attend at least two camps a year at no cost and have the opportunity to be invited to a reward camp to Karijini/Coral Bay/Shark Bay after a minimum enrolment of two years. Previous camps included a two (2) day Team Building Camp to Bickley Recreation Camp, a four (4) day camp to Dryandra State Forest to learn about the conservation priorities at Dryandra and a six (6) day camp to Esperance . There will also be other reward activities on offer to those Cadets who display outstanding dedication and behaviour during meeting times.
The cadet program is run by volunteers made up of teachers from Atwell College and parents of cadets. Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved and are often invited on camps and excursions. In Year 10, 11 and 12 Cadet enrolment can be used towards WACE graduation and will appear on their final academic transcript in year 12. Cadet involvement promotes self esteem, resilience, independence and broadens the students' knowledge about a range of topics from pitching a tent to conserving numbats to surviving in the bush.
To join students must be aged 12 by end of March in the year they join. The enrolment fee is $100 and this covers the cost of the uniform and administration costs for the duration of their involvement in the program.