Year level and subject related camps are an exciting part of our programme at Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn. The experience of spending time away from the regular classroom is invaluable in providing opportunities for students to engage with one another and learn in a practical hands-on way. Some year levels are combined to strengthen relationships and build community.
Year 1 and 2
As part of our camp structure, the Year 1 and 2 students begin by experiencing a late night (Year 1) and school sleep over (Year 2). These activities are held on the same evening. This is a great opportunity for the younger students to participate in the school camp structure.
Year 3 and 4
Our Year 3 and 4 camp is a two day experience that is held at Mylor Baptist Camp Site. Students participate in a range of engaging activities that link with the Australian Curriculum. Students are exposed to team building and resilience tasks in an accommodating outdoor setting. Campers also have access to bushwalking tours and obstacle courses.
Year 5 and 6
Our Year 5 and 6 students engage in a three-day program alternating between Wirraway Homestead and Woodside campsites in the Adelaide Hills. Students participate in a range of activities including horse riding, rock climbing, archery, trampolines, swimming, sheep herding, and various games and courses. Activities facilitate team building, develop courage and resilience and provide a unique opportunity to establish positive relationships. Students learn about others, themselves and Jesus in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Our Year 6 and 7 students also have an optional week-long biennial trip to Canberra. Students will explore Parliament House, the Australian Institute of Sport and other national treasures.
Year 7 and 8
Our Year 7 and 8 camp is held at the El Shaddai Christian Camping Centre. Students are given the opportunity to be involved in various outdoor recreational activities including raft making, rock climbing, archery, canoeing and swimming, just to name a few. Students have a wonderful time and for most of them the highlight is the new friendships which are developed and consolidated on camp.
Year 9 students participate in a camp as part of the Rite Journey programme presented at the School. The Rite Journey is a unique educational programme designed to support the development of self-aware, vital, responsible and resilient adults. Given the current lack of Rites of Passage in the Western World, young people are left to invent their own, which are often unhealthy and unsafe. The Rite Journey re-invents the traditional process of a Rite of Passage to assist in transforming the adolescent from dependency to responsibility.
Students attend a three day camp in gender groups with the common factor of a 24 hour solo time on the second day of the camp reflecting on their journey. Girls camp at Sunnyside near Murray Bridge and the Boys on a farm 40kms from Tailem Bend.
Year 10 Outdoor Education
Our Year 10 Outdoor Education camp is a three day programme held twice every year and consists of a 30km trek along South Australia’s iconic Heyson Trail. The trek starts at Fisherman’s Cove and finish at the Tapanappa campsite at Deep Creek National Park. Trekkers camp at Cobblers Hill on the first night and the Trig campsite on the second night carrying all their gear and food in their backpacks.