The year seven and eight students from St Joseph’s Catholic School in Pukekohe have recently returned from their bi-annual winter camp to Turangi.
Organisers said that students were put outside their comfort zones, which saw their confidence and self esteem grow immensely through a range of outdoor and team building activities.
The students viewed first-hand, areas of the Central North Island, grew an appreciation of the great outdoors, and learnt the value of conservation.
The camp exposed them to sporting options such as trout fishing, white water rafting, and skiing, which they might otherwise never have experienced.
The students demonstrated perseverance, overcoming challenges, working collaboratively and coping with being away from home.
Organisers said without the support from local organisations and members of the community, this worthwhile experience would not have been possible.