One of 6th graders’ activity at AITIS is to learn Team Building Skills.
6th graders go out for a two days one-night camp to learn this skill.
This year we 6th graders went for a Team Building Camp with our three advisors; Mrs. Farzana our homeroom teacher, Mrs. Hasmina our counselor, and Mr. James our art teacher. We went to Lum Luk Ka OFM Retreat House.
In late September, at 8:00 am in the morning we assembled ourselves in the assembly and got ready to leave. We were separated in two groups for the van, girls group and boys group. While we were being seated comfortably the driver kept our belongings in the van and off we went for our journey.
We finally reached to our destination at around 9:30 am. The teachers had booked four cabins, one for girls, one for the boys, another for Mr. James, and the last one for Mrs. Farzana and Mrs. Hasmina. We hurried up to our own cabins and changed our cloths and got out of the cabins ready with our materials.
We had our snacks first then we started with our first activity. In our first activity the teachers gave us a paper and we had to write acrostic poem for our names and decorate it. After this activity the teachers put a paper on our back and all of our classmates had to write positive things about each other. The next game was “Caterpillar Traverse”! This was the best game which we all liked. In this game we were grouped into two groups. All of us had to tie our feet with our group members on our sides, right and left. Then we had to walk with our group from one square to another without letting our feet touch the boundary lines of squares. After this we worked for a while on our memory books. When this activity was done we had our lunch.
When lunch was over, we all went to our own cabins and rested while others played. Later we played a game called “Frog Leap”. In this game also there were two groups. Our next game was Chinese Whisper and we were grouped in two again. We made two lines facing the teachers at the front. The teachers gave a phrase to the first student in each group and that student had to whisper it to the next person and so on and the last person needed to write and show it to the teacher. The sentence we got was “If you are not willing to learn no one can help you. If you are determined to learn no one can stop you.” By the time it reached to the last person in my group it was, “If you are not willing to learn no one will help. If you are determined to learn then no one can stop you.”
After all these activities we had our snacks. When we finished our snacks we went to our cabins to rest for a few minutes. After resting we went to an area where old people live who don’t have family to take care of them. We sang a beautiful song to them titled ‘On My Honor.’ After coming back from that place the teachers gave us some papers and we did some more activities to put in our memory book. After it was complete we had our dinner and went back to our cabins and had a good sleep.
Next day, it was 6:00 am in the morning when our teachers called us for morning walk. After our walk we had breakfast. Later, we played a game called ‘Blind Snake’! This game was one of the best games because we enjoyed it a lot and sure we did win! In this game there were two groups, one girls and the other one was boys. We all had to stand in a line covering our eyes using a bandana except the last person. There were objects all around us and the last person had to give signals by patting the person at the front. Then that person patting the other one at the front, and so on. When the last person got the direction he or she would pick up the object.
Our next activity was ‘Centipede’ in which we had to make a wheel with cardboard papers and we had to roll in it too. After all these fun activities we had our one last and final snack. When everyone was ready to play the teachers announced the next activity which was the Cups Game in which we were divided into two groups. We had to pile up the cups with yarn and rubber bands. We were not allowed to touch the cups with our hands.
And now it was time for our very last activity which was the “Foil and Pipe Cleaner”! We formed four groups by picking up a picture card. We all had to find a characteristic which could define our group. After brainstorming we had to make a 3D representation of that characteristic with foil and pipe cleaner. After all was done we went to our cabins and packed our stuff. We sat in our vans at 12:00 pm and headed back to school.
We really had a wonderful Team Building Camp this year!
Do you organize any such activity in your school? If so, what is that?
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