During the July 2016 school holidays my daughters attended Holiday Boot Camp at Bootcamp SA in Giba Gorge. They have been attending Holidy Boot Camp since they were 9 and 10 years old and now at 15 and 18 go there more to help than anything else but love the experience all the same.
The Holiday Boot Camp is usually held towards the end of the main school holidays and is usually 3 days long with the choice of attending all 3 or just 1 or 2.
“Holiday Boot Camp is a day CLINIC which focuses on developing your child’s Motor Skills as well their interest in physical activity. We also develop their Social Skills through positive interaction between the Boot Camp Instructors and the other children as well as Mental Skills from taking part in tasks and activities which require problem solving as well as team work to complete. Of course in true Boot Camp SA style all this happens without the kiddies even realizing because they are having so much FUN!!!”
For an idea of what’s entiled please see below.
BOOT CAMP INTROS
We start off with the Boot Camp Introduction which includes activities such as:
BOOT CAMP RULZ Sarges go through the Rules of Boot Camp with the recruits and encourage everyone to get involved and start participating. Sarges deal out a few morning pushups and get the recruits ready for their action packed day ahead.
GROUP INTRODUCTIONS & MUD INITIATIONS
The new recruits introduce themselves to each other and tell the group a little something about themselves. After this we take the kids to the Boot Camp mud pit for some leopard crawling which is a real hit with the kids – yes kids love getting dirty.
TEAMS AND FACE PAINTING
Our Jnr GI’s (Joe & Janes) are put into their teams for the day and make up a short war cry to get things going and get everybody involved.
COMMANDO OBSTACLE COURSE In their teams recruits are taken for some obstacle course practice and team work is encouraged. This includes obstacles such as Crawling Net, Over Under Bars, Balance Beams and Rope Swings, Monkey Bars, Tarantula Tyre Run, Cargo Net and Red Rover.
BLINDFOLD TASK Recruits pair off and assist each other while one is blindfolded and must be directed by the other recruit to retrieve a “landmine”.
TEAM RELAY RACE & TUG-O-WAR The Sarges co-ordinate of fun relay race for the teams around the obstacles practiced earlier followed by some rather exciting Tug-O-War.
BUSH SURVIVAL SKILLS Recruits are taught survival skills starting with water collection techniques, orienteering and shelter building.
MINI HIKE TO WATERFALL Recruits are lined up and taken for a hike through Giba Valley and to the Giba Valley Waterfall. The walk is approx. 3 kms return and we stay at the waterfall for 20-30 min for a dip.
PAPER PLANES AND PAPER BOATS Sarges show the recruits how to fold a paper boat which they float down the river and recruits get to fold their own paper planes to throw off the bank.
TARGET SHOOTING Recruits get to shoot at targets with paintball guns we supply 50 rounds per recruit.
PAINTBALL OPTION (only for recruits over 10yrs) Recruits old enough can take on the paintball challenge. R100 per player additional include 100 paintballs each. Please indicated this option on your booking form.
BLINDFOLD TASK Recruits pair off and assist around our mini-obstacle course one is blindfolded and their partner helps them around the obstacles.
BOOT CAMP CLUE CHALLENGE
This is what the recruits have been training for!!!
In their teams recruits are given clues ‘amazing race style’ which will lead them to a specific part of Boot Camp. Here they will have a task to complete which involves aspects of the activities and tasks they have encountered over the past couple of days.
The rest of the morning is spent doing Pony Rides supplied by Giba Horse Trails.
*This is an optional extra @ R150.oo for ½ an hour!
GRADUATION AND PARTY Recruits are issued their Survival Certificates of Survival and their Rat Packs and are dismissed from Boot Camp. A graduation party is included.
DAILY LUNCH & GAMES HOUR
Kids are given a bit of down time. Games of mini-soccer, continuous-cricket & swing ball are set up for those that want to get involved. Lunch is provided daily but kids can bring additional snacks. Lunch typically consist of muffins, fruit, juice and either hot dogs, toasted sandwiches or burgers. HALAAL OPTIONS CAN BE ARRANGED.
DAILY REFLECTIONS AND DISMISSAL The recruits are given a final task each day of reflecting on their experiences for the day and to tell the Sarges and the Group about what they enjoyed the most, what they learned about themselves and what they learned about the other recruits. Recruits are dismissed for the day with one big “Hooyaah!!”
Please note: This program may change without notice to suite weather conditions. The recruits are given a final task each day of reflecting on their experiences for the day and to tell the Sarges and the Group about what they enjoyed the most, what they learned about themselves and what they learned about the other recruits. Recruits are dismissed for the day with one big “Hooyaah!!”
Holiday Boot Camp is all about fun and learning in a really fun healthy environment.
I’m sure all the kids that attended this July’s Holiday Boot Camp will have nothing but great stories to tell!