Geelong Christian College- Highton YR 6 Camp Blog
On a warm, sunny, and very exciting Wednesday morning the Geelong Christian College crew rolled into The Summit to kick off what turned out to be an amazing few days of camp. All was in readiness and once the staff and myself had introduced ourselves and our Five Keys to a great camp: Have Fun, Play All In, Make Lots of Mistakes, Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable, and Don’t Go Home Wondering What If, we headed down into the park.
First up we played a couple of games and then got into the first rotation of our major activities, those being our Leap of Faith, Tash’s Ladder, Cave, Inflatable City, and Bush Challenge. The students were asked to come up with a group name they wanted to be known as for the remainder of camp, and they didn't disappoint!
Group 1 The Pink Rats
Group 2 Shrekalinis
Group 3 Mr. Sharps Minions
Group 4 Da Boiz
Group 5 Tater Tots
The energy was high and it was fantastic to see some real breakthroughs of courage, creativity, and teamwork so early on camp. The Leap of Faith was the most challenging, as the height of our Leap platform seemed much higher on it than it did under it. Tash’s Ladder was another challenge of height but once up there the view of the camp was well worth it. Our Cave experience scared many of the students, but they battled through and learned a lot about courage at the same time. The Inflatables was a fun experience while the Bush Challenge taught everyone a valuable lesson about teamwork.
After an epic Bush Challenge and a lucky escape from some terrifying possums on Wednesday night, Thursday saw the completion of activities, and it was an incredible relief when Jacob crowned himself King of the Leap when he reached the bar and turned himself upside down, the first and only Geelong student to make it!
That afternoon we ran our epic Monster Course, our mud run through a number of physical activities that got everyone, including the coaches and teachers, wet, muddy, and exhausted. Da Boiz recorded the best improvement time to win the challenge, but every group did amazingly.
On Friday the students were asked to present their tribe flags and team chant and vote for their tribe's Values winner, or the person they felt committed most to our Five Keys. We then wrapped up the day with some thank you’s and read out the times and revealed the values winners, taking them for an epic hot lap in our Army Tank before we sadly said our goodbyes.
The times and scores for the activities and the values winners were:
Thank you all again from myself, Sunny, Sam, Sophie, Yves, and Liam, and we can't wait to see the Geelong Christian College students back again next year.