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Adventures of a lifetime at Year 7 Camp

Good Samaritan Catholic College's Year 7 students recently had an adventure of a lifetime on their first outdoor education experience at Camp Yarramundi. The camp, located an hour away from school, provided an opportunity for the students to test their limits and explore the great outdoors.

On the morning of Monday the 1st of May, Year 7 students waited excitedly for the buses that would take us to Camp Yarramundi. Once we arrived we were sorted into our cabins, then organised into our activity groups. Over the three days, we participated in activities such as the giant swing, rock climbing and the cave maze. Night-time activities included a prayer service, campfire and a movie. The roasted marshmallows were delicious!

The cave maze was a standout attraction for the students, with its twists, turns, and surprises that challenged them to work together and think creatively. The giant swing was another popular activity that had the students soaring through the air and feeling a rush of adrenaline.

Abseiling and the high ropes course were two other activities that pushed Year 7 out of their comfort zones. They had to dig deep and muster up the courage to take the leap and tackle these challenges head-on. But with the support of their classmates and the guidance of their instructors, they all rose to the challenge and proved that they could conquer their fears.

“What I enjoyed about camp was being able to participate in challenging activities like the giant swing, high ropes and rock climbing. “I liked how we got to push ourselves into doing something we might not have done before but gave it a go.” (Maryellena F)

The students didn't just have fun at Camp Yarramundi. They also gained valuable life skills, such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and resilience. These skills will serve them well in the future, both in and out of the classroom.

“This camp was an amazing experience for everybody in their own way. “We accomplished many tasks and completed many activities. The giant swing was the scariest activity and definitely pushed people out of their comfort zone.” (Michael G)

As the camp came to a close, many of the students were already looking forward to their next camping adventure in Year 9. They are eager to see how much they have grown and improved since their first camp.

The camp was a huge success in a variety of areas. It provided a fun and challenging experience for the students, and they came away with new skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. Year 7 should be proud of their willingness to take on new challenges and explore the world around them.

Written by Marisa D and Alyssa M


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