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Cheltenham Secondary Collage Year 8 Camp Blog

Wednesday afternoon, the buses full of Cheltenham students and staff rolled through the gates of The Summit. Eager to start, they all made their way up to their accommodations. The Cheltenham crew was welcomed by their team leader Steph/Spinks and the rest of The Summit Coaches. Logan shared The Summit's Five Keys with the students; Have Fun, Play All In, Make Lots of Mistakes, Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable, and Don’t Go Home Wondering ‘What If’, as they are the ingredients for a great camp. As the students were shown to the Stage, they played a quick game of 50 Up; students were then placed straight into their groups. Students were taught about setting ‘targets, stretches, and super stretches’ to help them break down activities that might feel overwhelming. One activity rotation and a tribe challenge later, groups made their flags, and then the students had some free time before dinner.

Day two, and we started the day off with an intention session with Steph, where the students were asked to think about who they wanted to be for that day and what that looked like. Discussed how we can choose to let the things we can’t control determine what we do:

  1. Weather

  2. Other people

  3. The activities they’re doing.

Students were asked to think about and share an ‘I Am’ and an ‘I want, or I will’ affirmation, to help guide them throughout their day. After three massive rotations with morning tea in between, students then made their way up to The Lodge for lunch. Once lunch was complete, students changed into their Monster attire. After completing their final rotation of activities, students had their afternoon tea; the teachers and staff performed the nut bush in front of the students. The groups were briefed on the Monster Course. hyped and ready the first heat set off, followed by heat two, heat three, heat four and lastly heat five, where two teams got to run in contest with each other. All groups smashed their first lap, little did they realize that the actual test of resilience and grit was doing the Monster twice, the winner of the Monster Course was the tribe with the best improvement time, comparing their first lap to their second! Every team gave it their best and got through the course together, all groups improved! Well done!

On the last day and there were a lot of tired faces in the room, we read out a bunch of GMICs, followed by a gratitude session by Ella, where they were asked what, and whom they were grateful for. We also set a quick intention as they only had two more rotations to go, and they didn’t want to go home wondering ‘what if’. The students then reported to the stage to do the final game, students got their bodies moving with a game of ‘Jockeys’. After the last two rotations had been completed, the tribes get to reflect on their camp experience with each other and then proceed to choose a values winner for their tribe, someone who embodied the Five Keys consistently throughout camp.

All activities ran were as follows; Giant Swing, High Wire, Abseil, Tash’s Ladder, Bush Challenge, and Sky Bridge

On behalf of the Team and myself, we would like to say thanks for playing all-in and having all the fun! We hope you had as much fun as we did, all the best for the rest of the year.


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