How much fun would it be to spend three days with more than 100 other year 5 students, messing about in the great outdoors?
Last month, 114 local kids got to find out when they enjoyed three days of adventure, skill development, and outdoor learning at NSW Sport and Recreation Camp Lake Burrendong.
The camp is an annual event under Forbes Shire Council’s Positive Connections program, which began in 2011 and is supported by Evolution Mining.
Council and Evolution Mining partnered with Forbes North Public, Forbes Public, Bedgerabong Public and St Laurence’s Primary Schools to provide the subsidised excursion, which ran from 21-23 June.
The Lake Burrendong Camp provides the students with a range of challenges and ac- tivities that promote key learning and com- plements the curriculum.
The students develop skills in communication, problem solving, cooperation, negotiation, and respect, and an appreciation of the natural environment and sustainability.
Forbes Shire Council’s Youth Development Assistant Clarissa Stewart described it as a chance for the students to experi- ence the outdoors in a fun, active and inclusive setting. “They can step out of their comfort zones, learn, challenge, grow and develop,” she said.
Mayor Graeme Miller said the camp is a great way for students to build relationships with other students before transitioning into high school.
“Lake Burrendong offers students a great experience, and with the help of Evolution Mining and the schools, Council is pleased to support it,” he said.
By Rochelle Bright