Adventure Camp - MYP 4 Pathways World School, Gurgaon
On the 4th of November, 80 students, along with 9 teachers, embarked upon a journey towards Rishikesh, the land of the sages. The journey spanned 270 kilometers before finally arriving at the campsite around late noon. After being given some time to relax in their respective cottages, students were distributed into three clans. These were the Red Rangers, Green Grenades, and Orange Spartans. In these groups, they participated in multiple team-building activities as part of Guerrilla Warfare campaigns, including 'Passing the Parcel' and 'Quick Reaction Exercises.' The night eventually culminated in students enjoying a zesty cup of tomato soup and indulging in an enriching game of Antakshari while sitting around a cozy bonfire.
The day was initiated with the students coming together to play football early in the morning. After a thoroughly nutritious breakfast, students moved into their clans to partake in more team-building exercises. Later, the Red Rangers embarked upon a river trek, fighting against the river rapids as they navigated upstream. The Green Grenades participated in CAS service projects where they sanded and painted walls in a local school and interacted with members of the community. Finally, the Orange Spartans traversed the daunting mountainous terrain. Upon arriving at the trek destination, they observed the scenery and put together an outdoor fire on which they cooked Maggi. The fun continued as various engagements and activities were completed by different clans. The Green Grenades proceeded with an 8-kilometer hike across hilly terrain, with ragged and zig-zag trails. Eventually, upon reaching the top, they were split into two teams that were tasked with the endeavor of filling the famished stomachs of our assiduous trekkers. The Red Rangers journeyed to the local school where they continued the initiative of previous clans in cleaning and beautifying the educational environment. In doing so, they removed worn and overrun parts of the wall, painted the gates, and cleaned the school ground. This undertaking helped students empathize and become contributors towards the facilitation of learning. The Orange Spartans also had an opportunity to witness the mesmerizing charms of the Ganges River. After a short journey, students once more battled the elements by traveling upstream. Each night, students reflected upon the day's events. Their introspection is based on the KWL model: 'What I know,' 'What I want to know,' 'What I learned.' Once more, students sat around the campfire and collectively sang all-time favorites from various genres.
Split into 14 robust teams, each aboard their raft, students navigated a thrilling 18km stretch of river that tested their teamwork and spirit. They encountered famously named rapids such as Three Blind Mice, Clubhouse, Rollercoaster, Crossfire, and Golf Course, each presenting its own unique set of challenges and exhilarating experiences. Prior to facing the untamed waters, our students underwent comprehensive training, where they learned the essentials of rafting. They were meticulously coached on how to paddle in harmony and respond to commands, ensuring they were well-prepared to handle any unforeseen challenges that came their way. It was a journey that fostered camaraderie, resilience, and the sheer joy of accomplishment. The students returned with a wealth of memories and stories of their collective triumph over the river's rapids. We can't wait to see the growth and confidence they will bring for tomorrow's rafting trip! Following the exhilarating rafting experience spanning multiple hours, in the Mori ty device, by the end, one-third lent on Europa participated in each activity. Eventually, the students collectively gathered around a bonfire wherein they enjoyed a hypnotizing guitar performance and group singing. Thereafter, they (not) gracefully danced to classics like "Balam Pichkari" and "Chammak Challo." The day came to an end with a cornucopia of local dishes along with all-time favorites, reinvigorating them following the exhaustion incurred from previous activities.
The rafting fun continued on day 4 as students traversed 12 kilometers of the river, traveling across famous rapids such as "The Wall." Afterward, they enjoyed a scrumptious lunch. Following the guerrilla warfare, the students indulged in their final journal writing session surrounding the bonfire. The official camps came to an end with the award ceremony celebrating the achievements of the budding campers and announcing the final winning clan (Green Grenades), the second-place clan (Red Rangers), and the third-place clan (Orange Spartans). Well-earned individual awards such as best campers, best housekeeping, best team spirit, best behavior, and best journal were also distributed.