Over the last 6 years I have taught Year 3-6. I have been lucky enough to teach Year 5-6 for the last 4 years and one of the benefits of teaching this level at my school is School Camp’s.
When I took over the Year 6 class in 2008 the school did not run a camp, as far as I viewed it. The “camp” that they had done was a 2 day outing to various places around Dunedin and a 1 night stay at a local camping ground.
To be perfectly honest I thought this was pathetic and with an appointment of a new Principal we got to work on planning an organising a more exciting Year 6.
We started off with the planning and organising of a 2 day leadership camp at the beginning of the year – we still run this today. The idea behind this is to take the children away as a group of “new leaders” and bring them back with new knowledge and confidence ready to take on leadership responsibilities around our school. We challenge them with team building activities and get to know each other in a positive non threatening environment.
At the end of each year now we go away for a week to a camp site at least an hour away from Dunedin. Lately we have been going to Waianakarua which is just South of Oamaru. It is a wonderful camp and really good for the kids at my school.
This camp is an end of year finale – a chance to take the children outside of their comfort zone and to stretch them above and beyond all of their wildest dreams. We do Search and Rescue, river rafting, archery, rifle shooting, abseiling, a massive flying fox, orienteering, sailing, kayaking, team building activities plus so much more. And all of this is done in 4-5 days.
The children come away from this experience as a tight unit and this is ALWAYS the 1 thing that they remember and I hope will always remember of their time at our school. The 1 opportunity they got to push boundaries, challenge beliefs, step outside of their comfort zone and enjoy the company of their friends and teachers in an unknown environment.
I love this part of my job and think that in environments like this is where TRUE learning begins ….
I would love to hear about the camp’s you run and the experiences you give and the feedback you receive.
Here are some photo’s from this year’s end of year camp …..