The Senior Phase camped at Konka again this year from the 24 – 26 April. As usual we had a wonderful time, ably facilitated by KG, Ashley and Baby KG. The learners were split into three groups and straight after lunch the facilitation began with activities organised for each group and rotated for the duration of the camp. Each activity was aimed at extending thinking and planning skills, and building teamwork skills.
One valuable exercise required the team to build a raised bridge with a limited number of planks of varying lengths. The ultimate goal was to ferry every team member across. The bridge could be tested at each stage but losing planks in the “ravine” meant surviving on diminished resources, whilst a man overboard meant starting again from scratch. All team members were encouraged to contribute ideas and manpower, and the final outcome was a celebration of teamwork.
As always, kayaking and zip lining were highly anticipated events. Kayaking occurs in pairs and the team needed to work together or face paddling in circles or getting stranded in the reeds! Every safety precaution was observed during kayaking and even novices managed to keep safe and dry.
The zip-line is a challenge, especially for those afraid of heights as the launching gantry is only reached with a few flights of stairs carrying one’s harness. The next challenge is to get securely hooked up to the zip line and when the final safety clip securing one to the platform is removed, one has to take a leap of faith and effectively “fly” over the water to the far bank. The adrenaline rush is worth it!
We never fail to be impressed with the quality of facilities, activities and camp food. We always look forward to camp, enjoy it thoroughly and return home with wonderful memories.