St Michael’s School - Traralgon Camp Blog
On Monday the 8th of May 2023, the Summit welcomed the local year 6 legends from St Michael’s Primary School Traralgon! From the get-go, we knew the next few days were going to be awesome, and we could tell that from the amount of fun and excitement the room was buzzing with as the coaches introduced themselves and explained the Five Keys of camp. These keys are five things that were guaranteed to make the next three days ones to remember! These keys are:
Play All In
Make Lots of Mistakes
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Don’t Go Home Wondering What If
Equipped with the ingredients to unleash greatness, the crew headed down into the hub to let the fun begin! We started with playing a game of 50 Up, then we split off into activity groups to work together to solve some puzzles as a team and came up with a name. By completing these challenges, the teams talked about their strengths and values that would come in very handy over camp. Groups came up with some creative names too!
Team one called themselves “The Pigeons”
Team two called themselves “The Salty Salmons”
Team three went with “The SHREKS”
Team four names themselves “The Cool Cabybaras” (the Capybara is the largest rodent in the world)
Team five called themselves "The Bananas"
After we completed those initiatives, we met back to the Stage to learn about an epic goal-setting strategy and to compete in the half-body harness Olympics. Campers first learned about a goal-setting strategy called “Target, Stretch, Super Stretch” which is all about setting three manageable goals to break down any task. Setting a target is to set something you know you can do that’s on the edge of your comfort zone, setting a stretch is something you think you can do, and setting a super stretch is something that seems impossible...! This strategy proved incredibly useful around all sorts of challenges around The Summit! Then, in order to learn how to put on a harness and helmet for the Rock Wall, Coach Mim explained how to wear them, then each team completed to see who could put them on the quickest and in the most accurate way! Congratulations to the Cool Cabybaras for scooping up the first win of camp!
After that, we were ready for our first of five activities on camp. The activities campers would be completing over camp were climbing up the Rock Wall, bouncing on Inflatables, using trust and problem-solving to complete obstacles in the Bush Challenge, competing for points in the Scavenger Hunt, and teaming up to use strategy in Laser Skirmish.
The first activity is set and done! It was time for Tribe Identity, where teams came together to create some epic flags to wave around camp and some chants, so people knew who was coming. Campers ended day one by learning about a camp tradition called GMICs, which involves writing down some great moments witnessed on pieces of paper, to be drawn out at mealtimes and acknowledged!
Day two kicked off with a delicious breakfast and before heading down into the park we set some daily intentions. Daily intentions are goals for the day that help give it more direction to get the results we want. Campers had some awesome intentions. People said: to be kind, be supportive, courageous, grateful and to get super-duper muddy! Then we got down into the park and played a game of Evolution to get warmed up for the day. Active and ready to go, we smashed out three magnificent activity rotations, with some freshly made choc chip muffins for morning tea in between. Then it was time for lunch and the excitement towards the Monster Course was building! To get into the winning mindset after lunch, teams competed in a never seen five-way tug of war! Congratulations Pigeons for being the winners of that challenge! Scores were tight between them and the Salty Salmons however the teachers' round gave them the point at the end that scored them the win. After that, we did a showcase of the team chants we created the previous day. Check these out!
The Cool Capybaras chanted:
OTHER TEAMS WILL PAY
WIN EVERY GAME WE PLAY
The Pigeons performed:
WE ARE STRONG,
WE ARE BRAVE,
WE ARE PIGEONS,
ABOVE ALL OTHER TEAMS WE RISE
OUR FLOCK IS FUN AND AWESOME
WATCH US AS WE TAKE TO THE SKIES
The Bananas chanted:
WE ARE THE BANANAS,
GET OUT OF OUR
ON OUR SKIN!
The SHREKS came together with:
GET OUT OF OUR SWAMP
OR WE’LL STOMP STOMP STOMP
GET OUT OF OUR SWAMP
WE’LL WIN THE COMP
WE ARE THE SHREKS
GET OUT OF OUR SWAMP
The Salty Salmons chanted:
WE ARE THE SALTY SALMONS
CAN’T YOU SEE WE’RE CRAZY LIKE SEAWEED
WE ARE THE SALTY SALMONS, SUPER SPORTY SUPER SWEET,
Judged by the most experienced of coaches, despite the well-choreographed head bobs of the Pigeons, the clarity the Salty Salmons had, the hilarity of the Banana chant, and the volume of the Cool Capybaras, the SHREKS really proved themselves the winners with their unity and stomps.
It was finally time for the epic Monster Course! This was the obstacle course to top all obstacles, a trial of teamwork, spirit, and resilience! This had campers carrying a car tire and linking arms between obstacles where they were overflowing holy buckets, mini relay races, catching balls, sliding into ball pits, and crawling under nets (to name a few). When the first lap was complete, campers were ready for more, and more they got when coaches broke the news that the winner of the course wasn’t the team that got it done the fastest, but the team that improved the most on the SECOND LAP. Campers rose to the challenge with excitement! And what a spectacular second, mud-filled lap of was! Every team got some impressive improvement times.
Day three started with talking about gratitude, and the way we can show the people around us who we are grateful for, and how grateful we are for them. A memorable quote we talked about was “People don’t remember what you say, they remember how you make them feel.” To get active and moving, ready to complete our final activity rotation, we played some finger fencing and some group active-robics. Even though campers were tired from a huge two days, they didn’t give up and threw everything they had at the last rotation. To round up camp we played a hilarious game of creature catching where teams had to work together to catch some local Summit mythical creatures and get them back on the stage! Congratulations to the Cool Cabybaras for catching the most number of mythical beasts.
With the games wrapped up, it was time to eat some sandwiches, say some thank yous, and read out some much-anticipated results!
Monster improvement times:
At the end of their last activity, campers voted for someone in their team who had really lived and breathed the Five Keys of camp. A special great big congratulations to Torah, Charlie, Lily, Sibella, and Rocko.
As a special prize to these legends, these campers got to have a ride in The Summit’s very own World War Two army tank!
On behalf of The Summit, it’s been an absolute pleasure to have the teachers and students of St Michael’s at camp this week. We have shared laughs and witnessed some truly incredible leadership! We wish you all the best for the rest of 2023!
Timmay, Lina, Mim, Marcus, and Sunny!