Sup­port­ive school camps

The Australian Education Reporter - - GREAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS -

AS Jess ap­proaches the giant swing at YMCA’S Camp Yar­ra­mundi, it’s clear she is ap­pre­hen­sive.

She locks her­self into the har­ness and it’s now time for her peers to hoist her us­ing the ropes at­tached.

“Do I have to go all the way to the top?” she asks timidly.

Tris­tan, the camp su­per­vi­sor, re­sponds. “Only as far you think you can go. Then try to go a baby step fur­ther.”

As Jess is lifted higher, her fel­low campers chant her name. The fear is giv­ing way to de­ter­mi­na­tion. The team count her down and then af­ter a fi­nal pause, Jess flies through the air.

She greets ev­ery­one with a tri­umphant smile as she swings back the other way. In a split sec­ond she’s grown in leaps and bounds.

These are the sort of ex­pe­ri­ences that YMCA NSW has been of­fer­ing young peo­ple since the 1930s.

Camp Yar­ra­mundi in Syd­ney’s Hawkes­bury Val­ley of­fers both hard-top and tra­di­tional camp­ing op­tions in a unique nat­u­ral set­ting by the Hawkes­bury River.

The YMCA’S ur­ban camp­site, Syd­ney Olympic Park Lodge pro­vides a tran­quil set­ting only 30 min­utes from Syd­ney’s CBD.

To find out more visit: ym­cansw.org.au/camp­ing.

De­vel­op­ing to­mor­row’s lead­ers to­day.

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