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Shelford Girls Grammar Year 10 Camp Blog

On the 29th of November, Shelford Girls Grammar entered The Summit ready to take on a journey. It was a rainy day but you had incredible energy and excitement to get into the action, your enthusiasm was infectious! 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 by meeting all 6 coaches that guided you through your camp experience. Your coaches were Logan, Zoe, Sarah, Odile, Mim and Sara. You also became familiar with The Summit's Five Keys and if we used them would make camp go from good to GREAT!

These keys are:

  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

As your excitement to begin the activities for camp was raised we got straight into a game to get our bodies moving and set the tone for camp. A classic game called 50 Up. The objective is to keep the ball up off the ground by bouncing the ball amongst everybody. Straight after the game, we got right into what we call a group initiative.

An initiative is a team task we introduce to each group with one simple goal. To come up with a solution.

To test the group and discover who, when, and why people within the group begin to take action. For the groups to decide on solving the task without assistance verbally or physically from the coach. After the Initiative, the team and the coach have a very good understanding of the areas where the team needs improvement (teamwork, support, communication).

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. We then became familiar with a goal-setting technique. 3 goals that if set, would allow us to get the most out of camp.

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 2 activities for camp! All our activities for your experience here at The Summit were as follows:

Laser Tag, dodging and weaving through our laser war zone striving to eliminate the opposition. Well done Charlotte on getting right in there!

Rock-Wall, is the ultimate challenge of physical and mental strength, testing your will to keep climbing up through fear. Amazing work Kim on giving it an epic go!

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. Great job Caitlin on embracing the unknown.

Giant Swing, testing what it will take to let go of our fear and trust the process, letting go of “what if…”. Great work Phoebe on making it look epic!

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. Great support for your team Polly!

Summit Window, climbing up an 18-meter tower and scaling a ladder, sometimes when you push through your fear you will experience an incredible sense of freedom! Letting go was the key. Amazing work Ariella on letting go!

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! Wow, good work Abbie on going quick!

Trust Games, challenging our level of trust within ourselves and our team through engaging in a variety of epic physical trust exercises. Great demonstration of trust Jennifer!

To finish off an epic day we finished off with having dinner in the dark! And no, we didn’t do this for fun, the power went out. What an experience. Just when we thought camp couldn’t get any more uncertain. Luckily the power came on very quickly and you all played some trivia games.

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 got down into the park to play an epic game of Jockeys. 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 was time for the Monster Course! Running with 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 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! 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 Huckle Buckle 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 someone in your group who best demonstrated our Five Keys. Congrats to Mia, Steph, Jen, and Tashi for playing all in and rocking it throughout camp. However, the camp wasn’t over yet. These lucky group winners got to take a first-class seat in our WW2 army tank as it went around our mud track!

Wow. Thank you Shelford Girls Grammar for coming to The Summit. You are all EPIC!

Keep Unleashing Your Greatness!


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