By Jorja Henrisson
On the 2nd of August 2020 I participated in the Year 9 OLP to Kalbarri. We had to arrive to school at 5:45 to leave on the bus at 6:00 and arrived at base camp around 3:00pm. We did various different types of activities throughout camp such as hiking, rock climbing, abseiling, teambuilding, water buildering. This also included going to see the amazing view such as the coastal cliffs and the recently opened sky walk around Kalbarri. During my OLP, my group and I faced many times throughout our experience that we had to incorporate some teamworking to complete the task we were given. There were three cases given that we had to show some teamwork to get out of the situations. Three examples of this is; When someone hurt their foot, during hiking and throughout cooking.
On the 4th day of camp, during the day when we were abseiling there were many rocks for us to cross over and jump around. Throughout the day someone twisted their ankle and due to the fact that we were in a gorge we were not able to get a car to get them, so my group made the executive decision to split up to make the day go faster. We used teamwork in doing this by communicating back and forth to make sure people were alright and that they were keeping up, some people also showed leadership by staying back with the person who hurt their ankle so that they could walk slower. By using our teamwork and leadership we were able to complete the required activities and get back to go on the bus to base camp in perfect amount of time.
Teamwork and leadership were also shown in my group when we were cooking our lunches and dinners each day. We used teamwork and leadership as we all decided as a group who was doing what. We also communicated while we were doing that to make sure that our food was distributed evenly and that we all had the correct amount of food. This overall made my group really organised as we knew what each person had to do at what time, which made activities quicker and less stressful.
Hiking around Kalbarri and in the gorges also required some type of teamwork. During the hikes, my group went on, we had to use a lot of teamwork to get to and from places safely and efficiently. we communicated throughout the group to make sure everyone was alright to continue walking, as well as making sure that the water bag that we needed were distributed throughout the group, so everyone had an even load.