I have had the privilege of accompanying the Grade 9’s to Outdoor school at On Track Adventures in Hobhouse. I say it was a privilege simply because of the pleasant experience. The camp is in a beautiful setting and the facilities are up to standard. Every year there are improvements to the camp and the facilities. The food is always of good quality and there is always enough.
Johan Ludik and his team of instructors are well prepared for whatever comes their way and they truly have a heart for the girls and their development. We had some rain this year, which forced the instructors to regroup and do something other than the planned activity. They were well prepared with several back-up plans.
At camp, the girls are forced to get out of their comfort zones and do things they would not normally do. They get dirty and they work in groups with girls whom they might not normally work with. They are forced to be without phones for the duration of the camp and I have heard some of the girls saying they enjoyed this immensely as they were forced to find other ways to occupy themselves during free time.
The instructors facilitate with discipline and the organization of the girls. The girls are given the freedom to choose where and with whom they sleep and I think this gives them a sense of empowerment not to be forced to sleep in their groups. We had no real fights or issues amongst the girls and in my opinion, they conducted themselves in a lady–like manner and the grounds where kept in a decent condition.
Mrs. Visser and I saw great development in the girls and their different personalities, strengths and talents suddenly shone through. We saw girls, who are usually very quiet and reserved at school, become leaders in their groups. Overall, I think the camp was a wonderful experience for the girls.
I would never think of sending the girls anywhere else.
Mrs Louise van der Merwe
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