08 March 2019 Michelle Coutinho   | News | Year 07  
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In Week 3, Year 7 students travelled to Fitzroy Falls for their first camp as Bushy Boys. The boys were randomly placed into ten tribes with students from several primary schools in each. Changing schools is a big step that can be challenging for any child, so camp is a great opportunity for the boys to come together and create new friendships and experiences.

By 6am, students were beginning to fill up the school hall quite quickly. A mix of nerves and excitement filled the room by both parents and students. By about 7am, we were all on the road and ready for the 2-hour drive ahead.

Once we arrived at Fitzroy Falls, the students gathered at the front of the camp in excitement, awaiting instructions from their new camp instructors. Students were greeted and placed into their tribes, where they then began their activities for the day. Each tribe had about 15 Year 7 boys, 2 senior mentors, a teacher and a camp instructor.

Over the next 3 days, the boys engaged in various activities such as hiking, the flying fox, low and high rope activities and a night in both a cabin and a tent. There was also plenty of opportunities for team building through both physical and strategic problem solving. It was great to see the students working together as a team to achieve common goals and encouraging those who were a little more reluctant. School camp teaches the boys to have the courage to try new things and resilience in difficult situations. As teachers, it was also a great opportunity to get to know the boys, their personalities, and watch them conquer fears and grow over the 3 days.

Overall, camp was a huge success! Year 7 students can be most proud of the way in which they embraced all activities while on camp. A special mention to the weather gods for also giving us such blue skies for the 3 days.

A huge thank you to the senior mentors from Years 10, 11 and 12 and our staff members for the positive attitude and support they displayed throughout the camp. This amazing experience wouldn’t have been possible without each and every one of you.