Norwood SC Year 8 Camp Blog
On the 30th of August, a group of epic legends rocked up to The Summit ready to take on a journey. Little did they know the journey they were about to embark on was going to push them to their limits. What an action-packed 3 days we had planned for you all. Let’s jog our memory of your time here at The Summit.
Day 1 started off by meeting all 12 coaches that guided you through your camp experience. Your coaches were Logan, Zoe, Ash, Marcus, Spinks, Cam, Calarnee, Sam, Mim, Sophie, Tiff, and Adam. You also became familiar with our Five Keys and if we used them would make camp go from good to GREAT!
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
With no further to do, we got straight into the park to play a game of 50 Up. With an aim to bounce the exercise ball up and keep it off the ground for 50 touches, we learned that teamwork was going to be a massive focus for camp.
Next, the goal-setting strategy that would help us get the most out of our activities was shared. Setting 3 goals for when we got to an activity that made us nervous and would help us face those fears to the best of our ability.
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 own terms.
We then got split up into our activity groups and began our first 2 activities for camp!
All our activities for your experience here at The Summit were as follows:
Snowy River challenge, the ultimate test of teamwork and support involving a race through 5 obstacles as fast as possible to beat the opposing team's time.
Laser Tag, dodging and weaving through our laser war zone striving to eliminate the opposition.
Giant Swing, testing what it will take to let go of our fear and trust the process, letting go of “what if…”.
Summit Window, climbing up an 18-meter tower and scaling a ladder, when you push through your fear you will experience an incredible sense of freedom! Letting go was the key.
Leap of Faith, challenging our ability to trust not only ourselves but the entire process, and taking a leap into the unknown regardless of what was holding us back.
Bush Challenge, racing through as a team completing obstacles, and testing your physical and mental skills.
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.
Rock Wall, is the ultimate challenge of physical and mental strength, testing your will to keep climbing up through fear.
Abseil, feeling like the main character of Mission Impossible, challenges our ability to trust in ourselves.
Flying Fox is a fast and furious journey across the entire park zipping through the air and enjoying the spotlight.
Inflatables, breaking up some of the action with more action focusing on just having fun!
Day 2 was already here! We start the morning off with breakfast followed by Logan talking to us all about how you want your 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 Pirates. Next, we continued with 3 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 we had only heard rumors about it, 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.
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”. Next, we played an intense game of jockeys to get ourselves moving and got straight into our last 2 activities for camp. What an epic way to finish off an incredible camp. Last but not least each team voted for one person in your group who best demonstrated our 5 keys throughout camp. Congrats to Josh, Jet, Jonty, Eamon, Nicky, Mia, Christen, Eden, Jarrod, Zara and Emma. for playing all in and rocking it throughout camp.
Thanks, Norwood Secondary for coming back to The Summit, we can’t wait to see you again!
Keep unleashing your greatness.