Montmorency SC Year 9 Camp Blog
On the 25th of October, a bunch of legends from Montmorency Secondary College arrived at The Summit. These legends were in for a massive 3 days that would push themselves physically and mentally.
Day 1 started off by meeting your eight coaches who guided you through your camp experience. Your coaches were Logan, Zoe, Sarah, Ordile, Sam, Marcus, Sara, and Calarnee. You also became familiar with our Five Keys and if we used them would make camp go from good to GREAT!
The Five Keys were:
Play All In
Make Lots of Mistakes
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Don’t Go Home Wondering What If
Next, the goal-setting strategy that would help us get the most out of our activities. When we got to an activity that made us nervous, would help us face those fears to the best of our ability.
The three goals are as follows:
TARGET: Something you know you can do. (Not nervous at all)
STRETCH: Something you think you can do but are not 100% sure. (Nerves setting in)
SUPER-STRETCH: Something you think would be impossible for you to do. (Really nervous)
The incredible thing about camp here at The Summit is that all our activities are designed to (at some point) seem impossible for you to do. However, all activities at The Summit are possible and it's entirely up to you to face your fears and conquer them on your own terms.
With no further ado, we played a big game of ‘50 Up’, we then split up into our tribes and began our first 2 activities. Your activities throughout your time here at The Summit included:
Giant Swing, testing what it will take to let go of our fear and trust the process, letting go of “what if…”.
Bush Challenge, racing through as a team completing obstacles, and testing your physical and mental skills.
Tash’s Ladder, scaling up our big tower to then lean over nothing but a ladder at the very top!
The Cave, moving through an epic small underground tunnel with no light to give hope and no sounds to comfort, challenging our fear of the unknown, and realizing the difference between perception and reality.
Abseil, feeling like the main character of Mission Impossible, challenges our ability to trust in ourselves.
Leap of Faith, challenging our ability to trust not only ourselves but the entire process, and to take a leap into the unknown regardless of what was holding us back.
Inflatables, breaking up some of the action with more action focusing on just having fun!
Snake and Nails, walking over hundreds of nails with bare feet right before coming face to face with one of the world's most feared animals, a snake!
To wrap up day one we all huddled together in the Lodge to question something. To discuss what our own personal limiting (holds us back) and empowering (champions us) beliefs were. Beliefs can help us do incredible things, however the ones that go unquestioned, the ones that hold us back from doing what we want and being who we want to be, need to be broken! Finally, the talk was over, we all got the opportunity to break a solid wooden board and smash through our limiting beliefs or empowering beliefs that were written on our board.
Day 2 was already here! We start the morning off with breakfast followed by Logan talking to us all about how we want our day to go and making a deliberate choice. Logan asked us about who we wanted to be for the day (supportive, brave, funny, leaders) and to make a choice before we got down into the park. “You don’t attract what you want, you attract what you are.”.
To get our bodies moving and to begin the day with success we went down into the park to play an epic game of Jockeys. Next, we continued with three more activities for the morning. What an action-packed morning we had planned for you. However, it wasn’t over yet! After a delicious lunch to fuel us for the afternoon, we finished the day with one last activity. Finally, we were about to begin the epic journey that would push you physically and mentally. The moment you had only heard rumors about; it was time for the Monster Course! Running in our teams through a mud run obstacle course linked together by hands to achieve not only the best time but also a closer connection to our fellow peers and teammates. After the first lap we followed it up with a surprise, we told you we were going to do it twice! What a sight to see. Pushing ourselves to limits we hadn’t reached before. Congratulations to all those who truly pushed through and demonstrated to themselves a new level of resilience.
Just when we thought the day was completely over, we finished off the day with a chocolate mousse fight after dinner! How awesome to see! Your energy and playfulness to get your mates moussed up was epic!
Day 3 was already on the horizon! We began with some breakfast followed by a gratitude session with Logan. This encouraged us to use gratitude as a tool to instantly FEEL joy and happiness when reflecting on the often unappreciated things we have in life. “Gratitude affects your attitude and in turn, affects your altitude”. We then went down into the park to play a game of Huckle Buckle and to commence our last two activities. What an epic way to finish off an incredible camp. Finally, each team voted for somebody in their group who best demonstrated our Five Keys. Congrats to Angus, Gemma, Zack, Carly, Sjouka, Otis, Liam, and Talia for being your team's Values winners, you are all epic individuals. Lastly, we all got the chance to witness our WW2 army tank go for a lap around our mud track. However, your well-deserving values winners got to have a first-class seat inside the tank as it went to work!
Thank you, Montmorency Secondary College, for playing all in and rocking it throughout camp.
Keep Unleashing Your Greatness!