Our senior students in Years 5 and 6 enjoyed the adventures of camp this week. They will all have memories of the days spent climbing, canoeing, walking, getting dirty, spending time around the camp fire and most importantly spending time outdoors.
Camp provides students with another educational experience away from the routine of a regular school day. They learn to be more confident and able to talk to people who are not necessarily their closest friends. Living in an environment close to others and experiencing an active, challenging time together creates the ideal setting to form new friendships and get to know each better.
Each year our Year 4 students and Year 5/6 students attend Camp. Usually one year of the Year 5/6 is an outdoor adventure camp and other is a more instructional/educational based camp such as Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. This camp takes students back to times past in Australia history and supports the inquiry approach to learning. It provides the opportunities for students to be outdoors but is not as physically challenging as river crossings, flying foxes and abseiling.
From my experience of taking students on school camps over many years I have seen the way camps build students self confidence and self esteem and the independence that comes from making their own decisions in the safety of the camp environment. It gives the students an opportunity to be relaxed and gives them a greater appreciation of the wonders nature has to offer.
Here are some of the photos I took while attending camp for the first two days.
I am always looking for new camp environments for our school camp. If you have any outdoor adventure camp suggestions in Victoria, particularly in the central or south eastern regions I would be happy if you would post your comments.