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Reflections on Year 6 Camp 2017

Into the Wild.

Emotions run high when ten and eleven year old children go on camp.  Especially when there are 130 Year 6 children going together. There is excitement and apprehension, and everything in between. On camp there are tears and laughter. Some children seem barely consolable one minute- tearful and homesick – and excited and involved the next.

Swing bridge on camp
Swing bridge on camp

The year 6 camp involved 4 days away, with 3 nights in a hotel near Kanchanaburi. Activities included hiking, and a swim below a waterfall. There were adventure activities such as a flying fox and a swing bridge. There was also a group challenge activity. Children could also choose biking, cooking, archery and rock climbing from a range of options.

Raft building on camp
Raft building on camp

Camp gives opportunities to all kids. It gives them opportunities to bond with their peers and make new friends. It also gives them opportunities to challenge themselves. For some this may be overcoming the fear of being away from family in a new and unfamiliar place. For others it may be trying new activities.  A swing bridge is a cause of great excitement for many, for others it’s a source of fear and trepidation. For one child success is running across as fast as possible, for another it is finally getting across after twice falling in.

Waterfall fun
Waterfall fun

As a teacher who supports children who sometimes struggle the change is palpable. The tears of night two – when tiredness after two long days gets the better of many – gives way to the excitement of an action filled day three. The children who were sobbing and needed someone to talk through their fears last night, barely notice adults today. They are having too much fun, and they are making new friends.

These small steps towards independence make the (teacher’s) 18 hour days worthwhile. Once children  have achieved something, they don’t look back, and hopefully the next challenge that they face will feel less daunting.

 

Year 5 School Camp

Year 5 School Camp

We had tears, laughter, scraped knees and a lot of fried chicken and rice! We got wet on kayaks and rafts we built, sore on mountain bikes and ropes. We put up tents and put them down again, but didn’t sleep in them. Instead we slept on marble tiles with a mattress thrown over. We kept our water bottles full and hats on. We visited a market and bought local sweets. We sang round a campfire and cooked  marshmallows wearing long sleeves and mosquito repellent. We shouted and chatted and chatted and eventually slept. We did things we had done before and things that were new. We missed our mum and dad and our comfy bed. We had no phones, no iPad, TV or XBox.

We packed up and left, reunited with our parents. Back to our home comforts and love. But the memories we made and the challenges we overcame will be with us in our memories forever!

YouTube Playlist of camp videos:


Kayaking