Stu­dents gain vi­tal life skills at camp

Pilbara News - - Education -

Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School stu­dents left the class­room be­hind for ad­ven­ture as they spent last week at a Wood­man Point Camp, south of Fre­man­tle.

Stu­dents at­tempted adrenal­in­pump­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as rop­ing, a fly­ing fox and kayak­ing, while learn­ing lead­er­ship skills and work­ing to­gether with class mates.

Run by the Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation, the camp was de­signed to help chil­dren en­hance their in­ter­per­sonal skills, im­prove their de­ci­sion mak­ing and time man­age­ment, learn to ap­pre­ci­ate the en­vi­ron­ment and learn phys­i­cal skills.

WA Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mia Davies said the camps were valu­able for chil­dren and could form some of the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences of their child­hoods.

“We call recre­ation the fourth ‘R’ be­cause it fits right into the school cur­ricu­lum and of­fers young peo­ple ben­e­fits, which in­clude learn­ing about team­work and col­lab­o­ra­tion, un­der­stand­ing re­spon­si­ble risk-tak­ing, lead­er­ship, aware­ness, man­ag­ing their emo­tions and, most im­por­tantly, fun,” she said.

“Be­ing ac­tive in the out­doors is not only good for your phys­i­cal health but it’s great for kids’ men­tal health.”

DSR de­liv­ers recre­ation camp ser­vices at Bick­ley, Hil­larys, Point Wal­ter, Wood­man Point and Quaranup for schools, sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tions, com­mu­nity groups and cor­po­rate events.

Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School stu­dents with Wood­man Point Camp in­struc­tor Dun­can Veitch.

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