At the end of a long First Term, all of the Grade 8s embarked on a 4 night excursion to the Elandsriver and Van Stadens River areas. After using the “Get Real Adventure Breakaways” for a number of years at the end of year camps at Kirkwood, it was hoped that this camp could build on and develop some of the positive elements seen in that particular context.
During the four days which the Grade 8s were out on camp, they did a number of exciting and challenging exercises, which tested the mental and physical resilience of the boys. Things like hiking, a night walk, kloofing, abseiling, an obstacle course and target shooting were firm favourites with most of the boys, while there were many puzzle-solving games and activities which tested a team’s ability to think and act both individually and collectively.
All in all it was a camp filled with many positive elements and also many challenges. While there were moments when boys could have been more driven and determined, the general sentiment of this group of boys was positive and this bodes well for their future years at St. Andrew’s College. What was particularly encouraging about this group of boys was how they responded so resiliently when placed in incredibly trying situations. They are to be commended for this.
An excursion at the end of a long term requires committed staff and thanks must go to Mr J Walters, Mrs R Bouwer and Mr A Stuart-Watson for their efforts in making the running of the camp a success.