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Upper Yarra SC Year 8 Camp Blog

On Monday the 19th of June a bunch of legends from Upper Yarra Secondary made their way up to The Summit and your energy to get into camp was epic! What an incredible 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 6 coaches that guided you through your camp experience. Your coaches were Logan, Yves, Sarah, Spinks, Marcus, and Sunny

You also became familiar with our Five Keys and if we used them would make camp go from good to GREAT!

The Five Keys were:

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 ado, we played a big game of ‘50 Up’, then we got split up into our tribes and began our first 2 activities. Your activities throughout your time here at The Summit included:

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. Great work Nick on having a go and trusting in yourself and the process!

Giant Swing, testing what it will take to let go of our fear and trust the process, letting go of “what if…”. Great work Logan on volunteering to go last and crushing being the rope captain!

Bush Challenge, racing through as a team completing obstacles, and testing your physical and mental skills.

Snake and Nails, walking over hundreds of nails with bare feet right before coming face to face with one of the world's most feared animals, Mitch the coastal carpet python.

Tash’s Ladder, summiting a ladder on top of a 10-meter tower and leaning over with no hands.

Scavenger Hunt, unleashing your competitiveness between the 2 teams to see who could complete varied challenges as a whole unit in the given time.

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.

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.

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. Well done Harley on crushing it and facing your fears!

Laser Tag, dodging and weaving through our laser war zone striving to eliminate the opposition.

It was a super wet day but we still finished it off day 1 with a bang! With hopes set on some nicer weather the next day, we went off to grab dinner.

Day 2 started off with breakfast, a selection of toast or cereal followed by a morning intentions session with Logan before continuing the rest of the day. We covered how everything we do in our lives is a choice, to back down and quit or to try our best! We also asked ourselves who we wanted to be for the day and made a deliberate choice (supportive, brave, kind, competitive, etc.). All of you students absolutely crushed each challenge put in front of you and it was a sight to see. To conclude what was already an epic day you all participated in the Monster Course! Running through a mud run obstacle course linked with the team 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! You all showed up with courage, support for your team, and playful energy. It was truly an incredible sight to see.

Day 3 was already on the horizon! We began with some breakfast followed by a gratitude session with Logan. Our gratitude session encouraged us to reflect on the things that we have in our lives. To appreciate the little things, “gratitude affects your attitude and in turn, affects your altitude”. Next, we 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 Ash, Nick, Torah, Logan, and Tully for playing all in and rocking it throughout camp.

Finally, we all got to witness our WW2 army tank go for a lap around our mud track! However, our Values winners from each team got to have a first-class seat inside the tank!

Thanks, Upper Yarra Secondary for coming to The Summit, we can’t wait to have you back!

Keep unleashing your greatness.


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