Clifton Hill Primary School Camp Blog
When the buses rolled through the gates of the Summit on a dreary Wednesday morning, we were preparing for what was going to be an amazing week. The energy and enthusiasm of all the students were addictive and we loved it. The other coaches and I gathered in the Lodge with them to introduce ourselves and our Five Keys of Have Fun, Play All In, Make Mistakes, Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable and Don’t Go Home Wondering What If, before playing a couple of games, showing everyone our harnesses and how to set themselves Targets, Stretches and Super Stretches, and getting into our first couple of rounds of activities.
The Laser Skirmish and the Flying Fox were the instant highlights, the High Wire was challenging, the Bush Challenge and the Snake and Nails experience were epic and our Inflatable City was just fun. There were definitely many personal boundaries pushed and fears overcome, with too many kids to mention pushing beyond what they first thought they were capable of.
Towards the end of the first day, each group was asked to come up with a name for themselves that was agreed upon by all, and these are the names they came up with;
Grp 1 - Salmon Burger Zappers
Grp 2 - Flying Pickles in Pyjamas
Grp 3 - Radioactive Capybaras
Grp 4 - Tim Tams
Grp 5 - Pretty Pretty Princesses
Grp 6 - Peppa is dinner! Oink Oink!
As Coaches, we also had the privilege to be introduced to two of the most amazing little humans we have met in a long time, Emma and Eliot. They were both incredible inspirations to us as examples of never letting anything get in the way of what you want. It was so heartwarming to see how the whole school helped in making sure their experiences were just the same as everyone else's and the smiles they gave us when conquering everything they were faced with were smiles we will never forget!
After an evening Trivia night on Wednesday night, Thursday was kicked off with a morning Intentions chat from Kid President before getting straight into the next round of activities. The afternoon turned out to be a bit wet and cool, but everyone was so into the activities we couldn’t tell.
Thursday afternoon we also embarked on our epic Monster Course, a mud run around the grounds of The Summit involving tyres, charades, mud, cargo nets, holey buckets, mud, a ball pit and more mud! The course was scored using each team's improvement time from the first lap to the surprise second lap, with everyone doing amazingly, but being dominated by Salmon Burger Zappers and the Flying Pickles in Pyjamas!
Friday started with another chat from Kid President about Gratitude before a new bunch of activities we introduced, our epic Giant Swing, scarily high Summit Window, Tash’s Ladder to nowhere, the Scavenger Hunt, Cave and Snowy River Challenge.
After we wound up the last of our group challenges, we then asked each of the kids to vote on a Values winner, or the person in their group they felt used our Five Keys the best to make camp a rewarding experience for not only themselves but their whole team. The winners are listed below with all the times for each of the recordable activities. We gathered on the stage to say our thank you's to all the people involved in making this camp epic before reading out the winners of the various activities.
Thank you so much to the parents, Teachers and students of Clifton Hill Primary School for an awesome week. You were all so incredibly dedicated to ensuring your camp was an amazing experience. We at The Summit can’t wait to have you back again soon.
Adam, Ash, Sunny, Mim, Lina, Emily and Liam