Mount Waverly SC Year 12 Camp Blog
On the 31st of January, a huge group of legends from Mount Waverley Secondary College arrived at The Summit.
They arrived for the experience of a lifetime. It was going to be a hot 3 days full of new experiences, and learning about others and themselves.
Firstly you all got into your accommodation that you would be resting in at night after long days of growth and excitement. You then were introduced to your 15 coaches who guided you along your camp experience. Your coaches were: Spinks, Logan, Sam, Mim, Odile, Sara, Jakob, Aron, Cam, Sophie, Matt, Luke, Adam, Calarnee, and Zoe.
You then were introduced to our Summit Five Keys that would make camp go from good to GREAT!
The Five Keys were:
1. Have Fun
2. Play All In
3. Make Lots of Mistakes
4. Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
5. Don’t Go Home Wondering What If
Your excitement to get into it was epic so without much more to do we got down into the park to get started with your activities. Just before we got started we shared with you a strategy consisting of setting 3 goals that would help you get the most out of camp. These goals were to be used when feeling uncertain about a particular activity. The 3 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 terms.
We then got split up into our activity groups and began our first activities for camp!
All our activities for your experience here at The Summit were as follows:
Giant Swing, testing what it will take to let go of our fear and trust the process, letting go of “what if…”.
Snowy River Challenge, is the ultimate test of teamwork and support involving a race through 5 obstacles as fast as possible to beat the opposing team's time.
Flying Fox, a fast and furious journey across the entire park flying through the air and enjoying the spotlight.
Laser Tag, dodging and weaving through our laser war zone striving to eliminate the opposition.
Sky Bridge, traversing across the lake on nothing but a bridge, using every bit of concentration and focus on your technique, only to realize that it is usually our belief that determines if we successfully make it across. Great work everyone on conquering the bridge and moving forward within the struggle!
Abseil, feeling like the main character of Mission Impossible, challenges our ability to trust in ourselves.
Bush Challenge, racing through as a team completing obstacles, and testing your physical and mental skills.
Highwire, scaling a tree to then balance across a thin wire with your partner and come down together like a boss.
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!
Rock Wall, the ultimate challenge of physical and mental strength, testing your will to keep climbing up through fear.
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.
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, Hercules the Black-Headed python.
Trust Games, challenging our level of trust within ourselves and our team through engaging in a variety of epic physical trust exercises.
Day 2 was already underway! We started the day off with some breakfast followed by Spinks talking to us about setting a morning intention. We focus on who it is we want to be for the day regardless of external factors (supportive, kind, team player). We then got into a big game of Jockeys to get our bodies moving. What a huge day we had planned for you! 4 activities for the morning that would push you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
To conclude what was already an epic day you all participated in the Monster Course! Running through a mud run obstacle course linked with the team to achieve not only the best time but also a closer connection to your 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! It was awesome to watch every single person push themselves even when they were uncomfortable. That’s how it’s done!
Day 3 had arrived, and some of us were sad to be leaving but also glad to be sleeping in our own beds. 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. To finish off camp we started with your last two activities. You then had a chance to vote for someone in your group who stood up and stood out throughout the 3 days, the person in the team who best demonstrated the Five Keys. Just when you thought camp was over we all witnessed our WW2 army tank crush a car! And it was none other than your teams' values winners who were presented the opportunity to have a first-class seat inside the tank as it got to work.
Thank you Mount Waverley Secondary College for playing all in and achieving what was once thought impossible!
Keep Unleashing Your Greatness!