Chairo camps inspire teens

A DIVERSE camping program was introduced last year for Year 10 students at Chairo Christian School’s Leongatha, Drouin and Pakenham campuses.
The 2017 program, which included a trip to New Caledonia for some French LOTE students, was successful. Planning is now well underway for this year’s camps, with students able to choose from four options.
Head of teaching and learning at Pakenham, Jane Ward, said camps were an excellent learning tool.
“Camps are a powerful change agent. Confronting challenges that are beyond our normal realm of experience provides opportunities for personal and social growth,” she said.
A far from home opportunity will involve some students travelling to Darwin, where they will undertake cross-cultural training with Youth with a Mission, before serving in a remote indigenous community and experiencing life in the outback.
The Northern Territory camp was a hit with student Savanna Maunder, who was able to participate when she was in Year 10 last year.
“I really enjoyed working with the indigenous people and getting to know students from the other Chairo campuses,” she said.
“I can say confidently that we all learned lifelong skills of communication, teamwork and cooperation, even when the conditions were hot and uncomfortable at times.”
Another option is the Cornerstone Leadership Camp at Swan Hill, where students are encouraged to discover how to support and serve their school and community.
They do so by learning about individual strengths and weaknesses, and engaging in group activities.
The third option takes students beachside to Blairgowrie, where they will be tested physically with activities such as snorkeling, bike riding and sea kayaking. They will also learn how service in the community can become a part of daily life.
The final option on offer this year is at The Summit in Trafalgar. Students will bond as a team, working towards a goal across activities such as the high ropes course and obstacle courses, building team morale and learning how to work as a team.
These four camps will help equip students for the final years of secondary school and beyond.

Best time: Chairo Christian School student Savanna Maunder loved every minute of her time spent serving in a remote indigenous community last year, as part of the school’s camping program.

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