Beyond the Classroom: Boys' School Camps Take Learning to New Heights

April 13, 2023 at 3:00 PM

The Boys' School Term 1 camps have been a highlight for all students. From Year 4 to Year 6, the boys had the opportunity to learn and grow in a fun, action-packed environment outside the boundaries of the classroom.

Year 4 students headed to the Peter Snell Youth Village in Whangaparoa for their first three-night camp. After being split into Survivor tribal groups, they participated in challenges, such as hunting for hidden immunity idols and daily tribal council meetings. The boys were rewarded for their leadership, teamwork, and perseverance by choosing prizes from the almighty Survivor treasure chest. They also enjoyed activities like rock climbing, beach exploring, rifle paintball shooting, and team challenges. No true survivor competition ends without reward. To round off the week, the boys received their well-deserved Survivor medallion. They certainly outwit, outplayed, and outlasted every challenge thrown their way.

Year 5 students spent a week at Camp MERC – Sir Peter Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre in Long Bay. This ocean-based camp provided the boys with extensive water activities such as paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, sailing, and raft building. The boys also enjoyed rock climbing, giant's ladder, boogie boarding, and exploring the rock pools. Their week ended a little chillier than their Year 4 friends, with a refreshing 'polar' swim before returning to school.

Year 6 ventured to Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp in Thames. The boys embarked on a week of adventure, challenge, and all-around boy-friendly fun. They participated in kayaking, go-karting, archery, and axe throwing. The infamous Pinnacles hike was a significant challenge for the boys, where teamwork, resilience, and stamina were tested to the limit. With relentless effort, they overcame challenges and were treated to dinner at the Camp's Summer Village under the stars, toasting marshmallows on the open fire and playing games under torchlight. The final days of camp involved refreshing dips in the local river, whizzing down the water slide, and an all-action 'cross games' event.

These camps allowed the boys to learn beyond the classroom, challenge themselves, and develop their leadership and teamwork skills. They also made new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. The Boys' School Term 1 camps were a great success, and the boys are already looking forward to the next one. Thank you to the many teachers, parents, and volunteers involved in the organisation of these weeks.

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