On Monday the 13th of November, 25 of our year 9 students travelled to the Nayook Campus of Rubicon’s outdoor education camp. The focus of the 5 day camp was about leadership.
On the first day our future leaders climbed up to the camp site where they would spend the first night at the camping huts. The first mission was to work together as a team to navigate through to the camp site. Once the students made the trek to the campsite they cooked up a delicious rice and butter chicken dinner using the cooking equipment provided by the amazing staff of Nayook. The night ended by toasting marshmallows by the camp fire.
High ropes and caving were the activities for day two. After having an introduction on the high ropes procedures, the students worked in pairs to navigate their way through the course. The course had a variety of obstacles, which ranged in difficulty from easy to challenging. The caving experience was in two parts. First they had to follow a creek (in the creek mostly) up to the entrance of the cave which was a welcome relief from the hot weather outside. Once inside the cave, everyone worked together as a group to weave in and around the rocks and boulders as they followed through the path. The second activity had the students complete their own short caving course.
The stunning views from Mueller’s Lookout and from the summit were the highlights of the hike at Mount Baw Baw. The two groups on this camp had two vastly different experiences as Group A hiked in cold and rainy conditions while Group B hiked on the warmest day of the week. Our student leaders in this activity made critical decisions for the group as we hiked to the summit and back to the village at the base. They also ensured that everyone finished together as one.
Students also had an amazing time paddling through the Yarra River in Warburton for the river sledding session. Everyone worked very well together as a team to complete the various obstacles along the Yarra River. The final challenge had the students complete the Mayer’s Bridge section, which required a bit of individual skill and manoeuvring to get around the rocks and under the bridge. It was great to see everyone complete the challenging section of the course.
The final night had everyone in laughter as both groups came together and acted out their most memorable moment of the week. A picture slideshow of the week’s events was also played on the big screen.
The staff and students would like to thank Maddie, Steve and the rest of the staff members of Rubicon - Nayook for an amazing week.