Stu­dents rel­ish the ‘Bo­gong Ex­pe­ri­ence’

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Local Realestate -

Yar­ra­wonga Col­lege P-12 year 9 stu­dents have once again pushed them­selves to new heights, lit­er­ally, by par­tic­i­pa­tion in the annual Bo­gong Ex­pe­ri­ence.

The col­lege in­tro­duced the pro­gram four years ago as part of their ‘Fu­ture Mak­ers’ ini­tia­tive to chal­lenge stu­dents and help them de­velop strate­gies to build re­silience, in­de­pen­dence and per­sonal strengths.

As part of Per­sonal and Project Based learn­ing stu­dents em­bark on a 12 day ad­ven­ture at Mt Bo­gong, a por­tion of which is ded­i­cated to ‘expo’ where the stu­dents leave their base camp at Bo­gong Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre for a five-day wilder­ness hike.

The hike is stu­dent driven; they chose a path based on the shared un­der­stand­ing of the strengths and weak­nesses of their group mem­bers.

To­gether they carry on their backs all that they need to eat, sleep and breathe-in the beau­ti­ful wilder­ness on their five day jour­ney dur­ing which they dis­cover their own per­sonal and so­cial growth.

Each stu­dent faces their own chal­lenges dur­ing the Bo­gong Ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing be­ing away from home for longer than most will have been in the past.

Two stu­dents, Mitchell Ran­som and Ay­dan Stark-Beswick, shared their thoughts on the Bo­gong Ex­pe­ri­ence with the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“One of the most ex­cit­ing things that I re­ally loved about the whole Bo­gong Out­door School ex­pe­ri­ence was get­ting to be out­side ad­ven­tur­ing all day, every day, and just hav­ing a ball with some very awe­some peo­ple,” Mitchell said.

“The hard­est thing, well I could be speak- ing for every­one, but I reckon it would be the home sick­ness…but sooner or later I had to get out of my com­fort zone and into the best two week ad­ven­ture.

“Once I got back from the two weeks of fun I said to my­self ‘why couldn’t I stay for longer?’.” Ay­dan de­scribed his ex­pe­ri­ence. “The school uses dif­fer­ent games and ac­tiv­i­ties to en­cour­age the stu­dents to step a lit­tle out­side their com­fort zone to grow their com­fort zone then make it big­ger again un­til the stu­dent is able to do all the chal­lenges of the camp with ease,” Ay­dan said.

“The games were re­ally fun, de­spite my lack of lik­ing heights, I still dipped my toe in the wa­ter a cou­ple of times.

“Dur­ing my time I had my ups and downs which ended up with hav­ing a great time.”

Yar­ra­wonga Col­lege P-12 stu­dents re­flected on an in­cred­i­ble Bo­gong Ex­pe­ri­ence.

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