There are profound positive effects experiencing life at camp :
- Spend their day being physically active – As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing! Camp is action!
- Experience success and become more confident – Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people. There’s accomplishment every day. Camp teaches kids that they can.
- Gain resiliency – The kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try. Camp helps conquer fears.
- Unplug from technology – When kids take a break from TV, cell phones, and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world— real people, real activities, and real emotions. They realize, there’s always plenty to do.
- Develop life-long skills – Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents, and their adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at camp makes it easy for kids to discover and develop what they like to do. Camp expands every child’s abilities.
- Grow more independent – Camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions. Camp helps kids develop who they are.
- Have free time for unstructured play – Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp gives children much needed free time to just play. Camp is a slice of carefree living where kids can relax, laugh, and be silly all day long. At camp we play!
- Learn social skills – Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. When they live in a cabin with others, kids share chores, resolve disagreements, and see firsthand the importance of sincere communication. Camp builds teamwork.
- Reconnect with nature – Camp is a wonderful antidote to “nature deficit disorder,” to the narrow experience of modern indoor life. Outdoor experience enriches kid’s perception of the world and supports healthy child development. Camp gets kids back outside.
- Make true friends – Camp is the place where kids make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, camp encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together— singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together. Everyday, camp creates friendships
Our Intermediate learners and staff went on their annual Camp last week. The annual camp is one of the highlights on the school calendar for the intermediate students. We at Unity encourage all our learners to attend the camp as valuable life skills are acquired. At the Konka adventure camp, our children learnt how to work together in groups and as a team, especially when they used blocks to cross the so called “acid river’, and when using the balance bridge to get across. They also learnt leadership skills when others were appointed to be leaders in some activities. Our children displayed their amazing talents during the talent show one evening at camp. Above all, their social and independence skills were enhanced as they learnt how to look after each other and take care of their belongings. They were given a chance to go to the tuck-shop and buy things they wanted without being assisted enhancing their concept of money. It was two days of personal growth and development. A very special and important time for our learners who will take these skills into their senior years and beyond for independent living.
They’re back… Our very enthused Intermediates were at Konka Adventure Camp 21 – 23 Oct.15. Their arrival would be met with much anticipated rain, but that didn’t dampen our little campers’ spirits; they took it in their stride and made the best of the situation. On Thursday they bravely faced the zip-line; slip and slide; obstacle course and were rewarded with one of the things our children love the most; a sing – a –long accompanied by a marshmallow braai. They sang and danced “the night away”. The teachers returned Friday with extremely tired children who once again were the starts of the “show”. “Our children aren’t what we often think they are. They ARE brave, CAN cope and they DO deserve the opportunity to occasionally take risks and face the unknown”. Mr B Lindsay. On our trip to Camp Konka this year this quote rang true as our Intermediates confronted plenty of fears over two days and we can proudly say they certainly conquered them. Well done guys and gals! Tweets from camp. Some pics from camp. ENJOY!