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Foster Primary School Camp Blog



The excited Year three's and four's legends from Foster Primary School got to finish their year strong when they came to The Summit Camp on Monday the 12th of December for an epic three days of adventure, laughter, and teamwork!


Day one kicked off with getting introduced to the absolute superstar coaching team, learning about the Five Keys of camp, some awesome goal-setting strategies, and then participating in some colossal activities!


Students were challenged to embrace 5 specially created keys that were guaranteed to turn their camp experience from “yeah good” to “TOTALLY WICKED”

These five keys are:

  1. Have Fun - make every moment count

  2. Play All In - give everything your all

  3. Make Lots of Mistakes - learn lots

  4. Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable - step out of your comfort zone, that’s where the magic happens

  5. Don’t Go Home Wondering What If - leave camp with no regrets


If understanding the ingredients to a great time was the first step, putting them into action was next! Down at the park, we played a game of 50 Up where we just about bounced Sally all the way to the Olympics. Then we got into activity groups and were faced with some initiative challenges that tested out teamwork and helped us identify what values were going to come in handy over the next few days. After we’d established that and completed the tasks we came up with some unique team names to match!

Team 1. Potato Patatas

Team 2. Cool Kids

Team 3. Resilient Reindeers

Team 4. Crazy Fruit Salad


The first set of activities involved a whole range of talents and right away challenged students to use the keys. These activities had students climbing out of their comfort zone and scaling Tash’s Ladder, using creativity and embracing team Patriotism to create a flag and a chant in Tribe Identity, using those Fortnite skills IRL in Laser Skirmish and then doing flips literally bouncing off the walls in Inflatable City.


Group 1 was thrown in the deep end as they started with Tash’s ladder - where they were challenged to climb to the top of the ladder, then lean forward 15 meters in the air! Crazy Fruit Salad lived up to their name when they had a bonzer time jumping around on the adrenaline rush. The Resilient Reindeers set the standard for flag-making with their epic reindeer flag where everyone drew their own personal trophies on it.


Key number four - to get comfortable with being uncomfortable is easier said than done, so on Monday coach Sam shared an epic goal-setting strategy that would help us break down big challenges into small, bite-sized chunks. The first goal we set is called a target and this is something on the edge of our comfort zone that we know we can do. The next goal is a stretch, which is something that’s a bit further away from that comfort zone, and something that stretches us. The third goal is called a suuuper stretch, and this is like the big picture ultimate goal - what would be awesome too, but seems almost impossible.


Before the day was over, campers learned about an epic camp tradition called GMICs and which is all about writing down on a piece of paper awesome moments witnessed all throughout camp, then placing it in a box to be read out and acknowledged at mealtimes!


Some highlights from day one were when Oscar helped Anton on Tash’s Ladder, Laser Skirmish, and SHOE BOWLING!


After not much sleep on the first night of camp, the Foster P.S. legends started day two by learning all about setting a morning intention. We watched a video by Soul Pancake that helped show that the words we choose to body can positively impact us and the people around us, so we did the same! Some People said that for Tuesday they wanted to embody courage, bravery, support, kindness, respect, and compassion.


To get warmed up before starting activities, we played a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, and CHANT!


In Tribe Identity the Potato Patatas came up with an awesome team chant and dance, their chant went like this:

WE ARE THE POTATO PATATAS

WHEN WE PLAY THE OTHER TEAMS

THEY END UP GETTING MASHED

WE ARE THE POTATO PATATAS

COMPETITION WILL BE

SMASHED

WE ARE THE POTATO PATATAS

POTATO PATATAS RULE!


By lunchtime all teams had some inspiring victory chants, they went like this:


WE ARE THE RESILIENT REINDEERS

NEVER BACK DOWN

FLYING THROUGH TOWN

WEARING THE CROWN

WE ARE RHE-RESILIENT REINDEERS


CRAZY FRUIT SALAD

YUMMY YUMMY

CRAZY FRUIT SALAD

GET IN MY TUMMY

CRAZY FRUIT SALAD

UNIQUE IN EVERY WAY

WIN OF THE DAY

THE OTHER TEAMS WILL PAY

THEN YOU’LL HEAR THEM SAY

CRAZY FRUIT SALAD

YUMMY YUMMY


KOOL KIDS

KOOL KIDS

SPELT WITH A K

KOOL KIDS

KOOL KIDS

OUT OF OUR WAY

KOOL KIDS

KOOL KIDS

WE LIKE TO PLAY

KOOL KIDS

KOOL KIDS

HIP HIP HOORAY


A fantastic morning of activities flew past us and before we knew it, it was time for some food! We had some meatball wraps that gave us plenty of fuel and energy for a whole new set of activities. The new set of activities was - flying across the lake on the Flying Fox, using teamwork and leadership on the Bush Challenge, hanging out with Mitch the friendly python and walking across a bed of nails on Snake and Nails, and thinking outside the box to earn points on Scavenger Hunt.


Group Crazy Fruit Salad absolutely smashed the Snakes and Nails activity, Sam showed everyone how brave and resilient he was when he stepped back on the nail board and walked across the whole thing! The Resilient Reindeers also showed us how epic and caring they are when sharing pro tips to cross the nail board. Chelsea said it really helped to think about good things, and did you know that Colt did the griddle on the nail board?!


After that, we played some games, competed in the championships of Shoe Bowling, and then played a game of Egg, Tiger, and Crane, where a lot was up for grabs as the winning teams got to run first in the mud run Monster Course! It really lived up to its name as the rain was pouring and it became extra muddy.



Everyone completed one epic lap of the massive obstacle course but then the secret was revealed that the winner of the course was the team that got the biggest improvement time when they did the whole thing a second time! Holy moly, we were all cold, wet, and extremely tired but dug deep and got some impressive results!

Group Potato Patatas improved by 2.48

Group Kool Kids improved by 12.43

Group Resilient Reindeers improved by 12:40

Group Crazy Fruit Salad improved by 8.43


Day two ended with Spencer doing the griddie and all The Summit coaches cheering him on! Then at dinner time some surprise guests stopped by, and made the night for everyone with their special suits and special gifts! Thanks Santa(s)!


On Wednesday morning after an exhausting two days, we started the day off right by writing some GMICs and reading them out. Some especially great moments that were read out were when Bronte was always there to help people when they were upset, Bonnie for being super encouraging on the Monster Course, and Levi for being super brave on Tash’s ladder!


We learned that GMICs are one way of looking at gratitude and another way of doing it is by painting a picture in your mind of all your favorite things. Some things we talked about were how grateful we are for our friends, pets, family, and food!


Before we began our last two activities, we did some good old fashion finger fencing! Ashley proved she was the champion when she beat everyone else and versed head-to-head with Yves.


Campers continued to show us what they were made of, even though they were probably ready for bed! Groups Kool Kids and Resilient Reindeers what incredible teamwork skills they had developed over camp as they blazed through the Bush Challenge. Emily conquered her fear of snakes, Amelia and Willow smashed their super stretches on the nail board and Lawson proved to be the expert on snake facts and handling! Group Crazy Fruit Salad proved that when it rains, they can dance in it as they scored some winning points in the Scavenger Hunt!


Crazy Fruit Salad scored 360

Resilient Reindeers scored 290

Kool Kids scored 230

Potato Patata scored 170


At the end of camp, every group had the chance to vote for one person in their team who would be their values winner. This is someone who over the whole of camp fully embraced the Five Keys! Congratulations to Fred, Harriet, Hudson, and Lola.



From all of us here at The Summit we’d love to thank the Foster Primary School cohort, teachers, and parents for an amazing end to the year! We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2023!


From coaches,

Yves, Sam, Chey, Shan, and Sunny


Bush Challenge results -

Potato Patatas Wrapped up at 35.32 minutes

Kool kids did the course in 44.46

Resilient Reindeers did the course in 45.54

Crazy Fruit Salad was the winner with 24.39

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