A team building day at Youlbury Scout Camp in Oxford saw learners take on a series of group challenges which boosted their confidence, interaction and social skills.
6th former Ethan enjoyed building a secure tent frame as part of the pioneering activity and was grateful for the support of fellow learner Bradley when it was time to experience the 3G Swing. Ethan explained: “Our trainer for the pioneering activity taught us how to tie secure knots so we could attach really big, heavy logs together to form a tent frame. I was impressed with how quickly we got the hang of it and enjoyed working as team to get the frame together.”
“In the afternoon, it was time for our team to go on the 3G Swing and I have to admit I was quite nervous about going up so high and then swinging up as high as the tree tops. Bradley had been on a 3G Swing before and he told me what to expect. I wasn’t nearly as scared after that. It was actually great fun so I’m really glad I put my fears to one side and had a go. I got a great sense of achievement after I’d done it.”
Head of Centre Louisa Allison-Bergin said: “We wanted to give all our learners and staff the opportunity to work together in teams while being taught new skills and having the chance to take part in the more challenging activities such as abseiling, Jacob’s Ladder and the giant zip wire. In addition to their academic studies, we strive to help learners grow in areas such as planning, communication, problem solving, decision making, trust and adaptability and today was a fine example of why we do that - everyone has learned a lot about themselves today”.
“The activities focused our students in these areas and I was delighted to hear stories of how students supported and helped each other throughout the day. Katie Gatt, one of our HLTAs, did an amazing job of organising the day and, together with teaching and therapy staff, made sure all the students knew what to expect on the day. I’m extremely proud of all the learners who participated. Youlbury’s trainers were fantastic at guiding our learners through all the activities. They have come back really inspired by the day and what they have achieved, which is fantastic.”
Learner Anthony took part in the sensory trail activity and said: “Our trainer was amazing and we had to really trust our team mates to describe what was coming up on the trail as we were all blindfolded. It was a brilliant experience.”
Learner Emma had her first experience of climbing during the day and explained: “I did the Jacobs Ladder climb and I was nervous before we started. We did it in pairs and my team mate encouraged me and helped me during the climb. I felt really good when I came down. Our team worked really well together and it was fun to spend time with students from other classes. I think it was a very positive day and I’m looking forward to more school trips in the future.”
You can see more images from the team building day here.
We aim to provide them with a 'tool box for life' - a variety of skills and coping mechanisms that they can take with them in to the future.