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Over 160 of our Year 7’s spent three fabulous days at the YMCA Camp at Mt Eliza (Camp Manyung). We were blessed with great weather for our three days there – April 18, 19 & 20, which meant the outdoor activities were undertaken in full sun without any issues with the weather.
The students were divided into groups of about 20 and together with a YMCA staff member and a FCC teacher the activities were tackled.
All of the activities were fun and some were quite physically challenging, but more to the point they involved the students working in teams.
You can’t be set metres up in the air on the Giant Swing unless your team pulls on the ropes to hoist you up there. You can’t do the high ropes course blindfolded unless your partner works with you and guides you. The flying fox doesn’t work unless every child runs back hundreds of meters to bring the safety rigging back to the next student in line.
The milk crate climb needs team members to hold the safety ropes and others to pass up the milk crates. All team members chop ingredients when collectively everyone makes a pizza. And beach tug-of- war needs teamwork to the max.
The issue of having so many students on camp was resolved by having half the students sleeping in dormitories whilst the other half camped in tents. For the second night, the students swapped over. That meant even more cooperation as dorm rooms and tents had to be thoroughly packed up and cleaned and all bags packed ready for the move. Quite a logistical challenge for 160 youngsters, but to their credit the “big move” from dorms to tents and vice versa was achieved with a minimum of fuss.
The camp was an excellent way of having the students mix between home groups and also to rise to the challenge of self- sufficiency. All in all, a great time was had by everyone.
Special thanks must be extended to Ashley Dawson (Head of Sub-School Year 7-9) for organising the camp, and to all our Home Group teachers and teacher aides who attended.