Medeba Extreme Outdoor Adventure Camp
Breathing fresh autumn air, enjoying the lakes against the background of flaming red maple trees on the ridges, hearing wildlife scamper through the leaves, are just some of the experiences the Grade 7 & 8 students encounter at Medeba Extreme Outdoor Adventure Camp.
The 2 day stay at Camp Medeba has a significant impact on each child in their final two years at Immanuel Christian School. For 2 days each student gets to experience team work and test their limits at the various adventures at the camp.
The experience provides students with life lessons that leave a mark on them. When students step out of the security of familiar surroundings, the students become aware of their vulnerabilities. The many activities provided during the 2 days stretch their courage and help them rely on their fellow students to achieve greatness! Realizing their vulnerabilities becomes a catalyst for students to ponder and meditate on the source of their strength.
Psalm 121 frames it this way.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills?
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121: 1-3
It is hoped that each student begins to realize that, deep down the strength they need, for each day comes from God, whether hiking or when they are back into familiar space. This is highlighted through the daily devotions while at the camp.
Students learn about the importance of teamwork, community and group unity. Obstacles which present themselves can be overcome by working with each other. Students have opportunity to assist and help one another in simple and supportive ways.
Decision making is emphasized through a model of servant leadership.
Every day, new student leaders are selected to practice their skills in directing the group. Perseverance and endurance are developed each day.
The beauty of the experience, when a student has been pushed to their emotional or physical limit, is the discovery that they possess an inner strength that will carry them forward.
One of the student devotion verses has dealt with Joshua leading the Israelites out of the wilderness.
The LORD gave this command to Joshua son of Nun: “Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you.”
Students gain an appreciation for personal reflection and for some time alone. Each day, the students spend time in devotions and in personal journal time. The setting of West Guilford provides a quiet seldom found in urban areas like Oshawa and Whitby.
This 2 day adventure includes atmosphere, fun, laughter and celebration which we look forward to every year again. Throughout the rest of the school year the benefits of the leadership and teamwork development are felt.