CAMPS @ GRACE CAMPS @ GRACE

CAMPS @ GRACE

08-Aug-2018 

We just love our camp program! Our camps are often the highlight of a student’s time at school, as they develop many fond memories that stay with them as they grow.

Camps are also a fantastic opportunity for students to develop ‘soft skills’ required to work cooperatively with others while developing their social and emotional intelligence.

Did you know that our school’s camp program starts in Year 1 and builds throughout the student’s primary school journey?

Year 1 – Overnight sleep at school
Year 2 – Overnight camp at Luther Heights, Coolum
Year 3 – Two nights at Googa Outdoor Education Centre
Year 4 – Two nights at Tallebudgera Beach Outdoor Education School
Year 5 – Two nights at Googa Outdoor Education Centre
Year 6 – Four nights in Canberra

The benefits of school camp are numerous. Here's our Top 5:

1. Development of social skills
School camp is a great opportunity to develop a range of social skills. Most activities at camp involve team work, which is great to strengthen established friendships and also to develop new friendships by connecting with children they don’t regularly talk with at school.

Through bonding activities, children develop supportive relationships not only with different children, but also with their teachers. At camp, children have the opportunity to learn about acceptance, caring and understanding.

2. Development of independence skills
For many children school camp is their first time away from family and home for a few nights. Parents are not there to remind their kids to eat their vegetables, brush their teeth, or to have a shower.

Therefore, this is a great opportunity for kids to grow up by learning how take care of themselves and to do things on their own. Most kids do rise to the challenge and learn to rely on themselves when they spend time away home. For those students who need a little more support, it’s always readily on hand.

3. Development of decision-making skills
What activity should I do first? Should I go with my friends or do the activity I really want to do? What would I like to eat from the buffet dinner? Should I have a second serve? Teachers are actively supervising but strategically do not hover over each child all the time, so at camp, children are responsible for making more of their own choices.

4. Increased environmental awareness
During camp, children are exposed to authentic nature-based experiences. Hands-on activities in the outdoors stimulate all senses and facilitate learning. Children become more aware of the environment, develop outdoor skills and appreciation for nature.

5. Learning new skills
At school camp, children will be exposed to a range of activities that they may not have tried before. When away from their parents, children are often more adventurous and willing to try new things. Camp is about stepping bravely into the unknown. The unknown can be uncomfortable, but the braver a student is, the more they can learn. Learning is about participating to progress, and with so much to learn through a camp experience, participation is key.