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Newborough East PS Year 5&6 Camp Blog

On what was a very wet and cold Monday, we kicked off a three-day camp for Newborough East PS that would be one never to forget. The other coaches and I gathered in the Lodge with them to introduce ourselves and our Five Keys of Have Fun, Play All In, Make Mistakes, Get Comfortable being Uncomfortable, and Don’t Go Home Wondering What If, before playing a couple of games and getting into our activities.

The Flying Fox and the Abseiling were the instant highlights, Rockwall and High Wire were challenging, Snowy River Challenge was messy and Scavenger Hunt and Inflatable City were the most fun. There were definitely many personal boundaries pushed and fears overcome, with too many kids to mention pushing beyond what they first thought they were capable of.

Toward the end of the first day, each group was asked to come up with a name for themselves that was agreed upon by all, and these are the names they came up with;

Group 1 - Hydraulic Babies

Grp 2 - Goats

Grp 3 - Monkeys

Grp 4 - Goated Peanuts

Grp 5 - Quakers

Grp 6 - Da Goats

Grp 7 - The Minions

After an epic Disco on Monday evening, Tuesday was kicked off with a morning Intentions chat from Kid President before getting straight into the activities again.

That afternoon we also embarked on our epic Monster Course, a mud run around the grounds of The Summit involving tyres, charades, mud, freezing cold water, holey buckets, dirt, a ball pit, and a whole lot of craziness! The course was scored using each team's improvement time from the first lap to the surprise second lap, with everyone doing amazingly, but being dominated by both the Quackers and Da Goats, who really demonstrated the Resilience needed to dominate the course.

Tuesday evening was filled with some very tired legends and an epic Trivia Night before Wednesday started with another chat from Kid President about Gratitude before we embarked on our final two rotations.

After our last rotation we asked each of the kids to vote on a Values winner, or the person in their group they felt committed the most to making this a rewarding experience for not only themselves but their whole team. We gathered on the stage to say our thank yous to all the people involved in making this camp epic before reading out the winners of the various activities. The winners are listed below with all the times for each of the recordable activities.

We can’t congratulate the kids and staff enough for how much energy and enthusiasm they showed from the first moment they arrived. Thanks for coming to the Summit. Tim, Spinks, Mim, Lina, Emily Zoe, Calarnee and I can’t wait to have you back again.


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