School Holiday Camps

April 2008 Survivor Camp Review

There has been plenty of adventure activities taking place at Camp Lake Fire at Maroon dam recently, and it proved to be an ideal setting.  Sports Tuition conducted a Survivor Camp for 8-13 year olds and it was a chance for the group to experience camping out in a tent, and a father and son adventure weekend also made the most of the location by abseiling and rock climbing when the fishing went quiet in the middle of the day.

The Sports Tuition Survivor Camps are continuing to be a popular option in the school holidays.  With the program moving locations and varying the activities offered, it creates a great deal of variety, and it provides the opportunity for young children to develop social skills and confidence whilst experiencing the outdoors.

This year it is intended to provide more tent accommodation for the kids’ camps so they can experience more of a camping adventure.  It was trialled recently at Maroon where the kids had one night in a tent and one night in a cabin.  All the girls were the first to use the tents and they were by far the most popular choice, in fact, the girls didn’t want to go to the cabins at all, but they had to give the boys the opportunity as well.  A special thank you to Anaconda at Logan for assisting with all the tents and self-inflatable air mattresses that were required to accommodate all the kids.

With the addition of the tents, it provided the first activity of the camp, which proved to be an excellent team building activity within itself by having the kids all put up their own tents.  They were good size, six man tents, with plenty of room in the middle for the kids to place all their bags.  They did really well in the construction, even though there weren’t too many who opted to read the instruction manual.

After all the kids were allocated a tribe and presented with their tribal bandana, it was off to make a tribal flag and to decide on their tribe name.  A series of challenging events was to follow.

The second day of camp was when the students had to venture out in the Quintrex boats and attempt to catch their fish for dinner.  The fishing location was at the far end of the dam, around all the timber in the water.  The kids basically tied their anchor rope up to a tree and dropped a paternoster rig with a live shrimp attached and they managed to catch quite a few bass and the odd yellowbelly.

There were plenty of adventure activities to keep the kids going.  Abseiling was a challenge that was enjoyed and so was raft building.  The ultimate survivor challenge involved a canoe race, open fire cooking where the challengers had to boil water and cook and eat an egg in the quickest possible time, and there were also balance and strength components as well.  And the advantage of having the camp at Maroon dam was the fact that outboard motors are permitted and the challengers enjoyed being towed on a tube at the back of a boat to see how long they could hold on for.  At the end of the three days, the top four challengers were Oscar from St Laurence’s, Andrew from Churchie, Rhiana from St Hilda’s and Kelsey from Brigidine College.  It was a very close contest and the girls pushed the boys right to their limit, with Oscar proving victorious by only a single point.  Oscar was awarded with a 4kg spin SureCatch Ghost rod & reel combo which is new on the market and is the ideal combo for an aspiring young angler.  The reel is pre-loaded with braid and ready to hit the water.  All challenges were presented with SureCatch tackle boxes, together with a LiveFibre hat and everyone received a fishing magazine from Bush n Beach Fishing, water bottles from Anaconda, McDonald’s vouchers and stickers from Wilsons and Anaconda.  It’s great these companies support the event...

Molly with a nice Maroon bass which went towards feeding her tribe on the survivor camp.

The first team building activity required the boys and girls to work as a team to erect all the tents.