Last week all the Year 5 boys took on a three day challenge at Hilltop Camp in Sheringham.
The first challenge of the trip was to leave school at the crack of dawn! Impressively, no one was late and we set off on an adventure which would see the most remarkable transformation of this group of boys into organised, hardworking team mates ready to take on any challenge thrown their way! The camp motto, “challenge by choice”, could not have been more warmly embraced by these young adventurers!
The camp, situated in a lush dune forest, was the ultimate “adventure playground” which offered boys a variety of team building activities and challenges at literally every level.
From crate building a 3m high tower, climbing a 10m wall, winching up a 15m big swing, even flying on a zip wire across a forest (to mention just a few), physicality and bravery were definitely required!
The boys were so impressive, not only in completing these tasks, but encouraging others who were nervous and apprehensive to challenge themselves and push through to complete things they originally thought they could not do.
Mental agility was also key when it came to completing some challenges on offer. For example; navigating a path through the “snake pit” required a good deal of planning and foresight, not to mention the ability to listen to others’ suggestions to come to a workable solution. The boys diplomatically tried a variety of options, never once put off when plan A failed, but rather pushed on to consider improvements to plan B and C!
The 3 days were broken into morning and afternoon team building tasks but the evenings were reserved for fun. The teachers, along with the boys, intrepidly ventured into the dark woods for a game of Owls and Mice and stories around a campfire. The combination of hard work and exciting games meant the boys learnt through play, coming away with new skills and a new idea about where their strengths were, and how they could overcome future challenges.
What an action packed adventure: lessons learned and memories made, what more could you ask for?