Tullamarine PS Year 3 & 4 Camp Blog
On a warm, sunny, and extremely exciting Monday morning, the Tullamarine PS crew rolled into The Summit to kick off what turned out to be an amazing three-day camp. All was in readiness and once the staff and I had introduced ourselves and our Five Keys to a great camp of Have Fun, Play All In, Make Lots of Mistakes, Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable, and Don’t Go Home Wondering What If, we headed down into the park.
First up we played a couple of games and then got into the first rotation of our major activities, those being our Flying Fox, High Wire, Orienteering, and Bush Challenge. The students were asked to come up with a group name they wanted to be known as for the remainder of camp, and they didn't disappoint!
Group 1 = The Barbie Do’s
Group 2 = Team Summit
Group 3 = Never Give Uppers
Group 4 = The Best
The energy was high, and it was fantastic to see some real breakthroughs of courage, creativity, and teamwork so early on in camp.
The Flying Fox was the most popular of the first day, the High Wire presented a challenge to everyone that went on it, Orienteering was a chance to run around camp, and explore a little bit, and the Bush Challenge was a fantastic way to build some real team camaraderie. Having a campfire up behind camp in the bush was a wonderful way to end the first day.
After breakfast, the next day and a chat about intentions and how to set up our day with a video from Kid President, the first half of Tuesday saw the completion of the first round of activities, and a great opportunity to introduce four new activities, our challenging Rock Wall, the thrilling heights of Tash’s Ladder, a crazy Scavenger Hunt and a bouncing fun Inflatable City.
That afternoon we ran our epic Monster Course, our mud run through several physical activities that got everyone, including the coaches and teachers, wet, muddy, and exhausted. The Never Give Uppers recorded the best improvement time to win the challenge, but every group did amazingly. We were also incredibly lucky with the weather and were able to open our water slide to cap off what was an incredible day.
On Friday after breakfast and another chat from Kid President about Gratitude, the students were put through the final rotation of activities, and as tired as they all were, they finished very strongly. They were then asked to vote on their tribe's Values winner or the person they felt committed most to our Five Keys. We then wrapped up the day with some thank you’s read out the times and revealed the Values winners from each group.
The final surprise was a reward for the Values winners, a lap in our World War II army tank, through the mud and hills of our tank track before going over a car!
The times and scores for the activities and the values winners were:
Thank you all again from me, Sam, Calarnee, Aron, and Liam, and we can't wait to see the Tullamarine PS students back again next year.