Grey Street PS Camp Blog
On the sizzling and sunny 27-degree day of Monday the 7th of November, The Summit welcomed 65 grade six students from Grey St Primary School from Traralgon.
The grade 6s hopped off the buses and were promptly shown to their Blue Tent accommodation which would be their new home for the next two and half days. After getting settled in, students made their way to the Blue room where they met the awesome coaching team that would be with them having all the fun throughout camp. Before activities began the grade sixes learned all about the Five Keys of camp which were going to guarantee they had an epic couple of days.
These Five Keys were:
Play All In
Make Lots of Mistakes
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Don’t Go Home Wondering What If
Then without further ado, it was time to get started with the action! We started by playing a game of 50 Up, then hopped straight into activity groups and began to hone in on the team values that would be vital in completing the challenges and activities that we’d be doing over camp. We did this by completing an array of initiative team challenges. To match these epic teams they had to come up with some unique team names, the groups came up with the following:
Team 1 - Dreamteam
Team 2 - Bears
Team 3 - Griddy Gang
Team 4 - Minions
Team 5 - Avo Ducks
Then we got started with activities! The first set of activities had teams competing for points in creativity in the Scavenger Hunt, soaring across the lake on our Flying Fox, scaling towers in Tash’s Ladder, crawling through the darkness in the Cave, and conquering fears in Snakes and Nails!
Here at The Summit, we run activities rain, hail, or shine, however, no one would have guessed after completing the first rotation, a thunderstorm appeared out of nowhere, which meant we had to postpone the second activity! However, this gave teams a wonderful chance to create some team flags and some inspiring team chants.
The DREAMTEAM’s chant went like this:
WHO ARE WE?
WHAT DO WE DO?
WHO ARE WE?
The AVO DUCK’s chant went like this:
WE ARE THE MIGHTY AVO DUCKS
THE OTHER TEAMS ARE TOAST
WE ARE THE AVO DUCKS AVO DUCKS
THE OTHER TEAMS WILL ROAST
WE ARE THE MIGHTY AVO DUCKS
ALL HANDS IN
AVO DUCKS AVO DUCKS
WE WILL WIN!
Before the day was wrapped up, students of Grey St learned about an awesome camp tradition called GMICs, which stands for Great Moments in Camp. This was all about writing down some courageous, kind, and awesome things we’ve seen people do, then placing them in a box to get pulled out randomly and read out in front of everyone. By the end of day one, we’d seen some amazing things already!
And just like that, the first day was already complete.
Day two began with talking about what it means to set an intention, and that there’s a lot of power in choosing how we want our day to go when we pick a word to embody. Some people shared their words and said they wanted to embody bravery, courage, support, kindness, fearlessness, and gratitude. And, spoiler alert, they did!
To get warmed up and ready we started with some friendly competition with finger fencing championships. Then it was time for the activities!
A goal-setting strategy was shared to help us achieve key number 4. Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable - because that is easier said than done! The goal-setting strategy is called Target, Stretch, Super Stretch and this really helps with breaking down big tasks into more manageable tasks, and helps to get the most out of an activity. It starts with a target, which is all about setting a goal that’s on the edge of your comfort zone - this is something you know you can do. The next goal is a stretch, this is setting something that’s just outside that comfort zone - something you think you could do. The third goal is a super stretch which is about setting something you maybe could do, it’s setting the big goal! This strategy helped us to achieve so much over camp, it was incredible to witness!
Tuesday was another absolute scorcher of a day, so after lunch, we completed one more activity then had a water fight to kickstart the Monster Course! The Monster Course was an epic obstacle challenge that included a lot of mud, water, teamwork, communication, initiative, and leadership. However after teams completed the first spectacular lap, the secret was spilled that here at The Summit, we don’t really care about which team runs it the fastest, but we care about the team that can dig deep and improves the most on their second lap! And that they did with some impressive improvement times! Congratulations to team Griddy Gang for improving by a whopping 13.42 minutes!
The other teams' improvement times were:
Dreamteam - 9.09
Bears - 10.06
Minions - 8.10
Avo Ducks - 07.14
Time flew by as we were onto day three already! Day three started with a reflection learning about all we have to be grateful for and learning how that can inspire us to set epic intentions and have phenomenal days.
Day three brought a new set of activities, these had us leaping 15m high off a building with the Leap of Faith, scaling trees and using teamwork and courage on the Highwire, climbing up the side of another building with the Rock Wall, getting the best view of Gippsland with the Summit Window and navigating around camp with the Orienteering Challenge.
With the last two activities done and dusted, camp was wrapped up with some reflections on the highlights and lessons we will take away, as well as voting for a values winner. This person was one person from each team who really embodied the Five Keys of camp and were an MVP for their team. Congratulations to Millie, Chaz, Will, Noah, and Makinley!
On behalf of the whole Summit crew, we’d love to say a big thank you for such a wonderful couple of days! Best of luck with the rest of ‘22!
From Summit Coaches
Ash, Sarah, Yves, Ella, and Sunny!