Grade 10 Camp
Kayaking and the
Currently, the Grade 10 outdoor education
program has three components;
a survival camp and a kayaking segment
concluding with the 'Tomahawk Olympics.' Two class groups alternate on the
survival and kayaking sections and compete on the last day in an Olympics
The survival camp has run continuously since 1975.
Below is a scene from the original camp.
The survival camp involves camping for
two nights under the stars in shelters which are constructed from local
materials, branches, bark etc. and plastic. The students are
set a number of challenging tasks which have to be solved with limited food and
equipment. The overall challenge is for the whole group to work together
Students are blindfolded and taken to
an unknown location. On arrival, they are involved in a simulated plane crash
where they have to carry the little food and equipment collected from the 'crash
site' to a rescue point marked on a map. An 'injured' person must be carried
on a home made stretcher for part of the journey which takes two days. Particular emphasis is given to the development of
co-operative, friendly attitudes, initiative and leadership qualities.
This part of the
camp program consists of a preliminary session on the basics of kayaking, followed by
a short trip to the mouth of the Ringarooma River, the Great Forester River and
further skills development on the Pioneer Dam.
At the Mt. Cameron Field Study
Centre on the first night of kayaking, students are set a navigation task for
the following day. Some people call it canoe orienteering. The group have to
reach a particular point with all their kayaks and gear. The journey may take
the group through swamps, thick tea-tree bush, sand dunes and lagoons.
Some of the journey is physically hard but this can be made easier by careful
planning and orienteering.
Scottsdale High School was started by Mr Jeff Jennings, a well-known sea kayaker
On the final day of the Grade 10
camp, the two teams compete against each other in a series of mental and
physical challenges at Tomahawk. This is an excellent
way to complete the camp. Students find it most enjoyable and a memorable
exercise in team bonding.
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