Grade Camps

Part of Midstream College’s educational programme are the annual grade camps. The College is a firm believer of offering a holistic education with well-rounded learners. This is why it is important for the learners to be taught both inside and outside the classroom.

The grade camps occur directly after the athletics season and before the winter sports start. This is with the exception of the grade 10 and 12 groups. The Grade 10s participate in a type of an extended grade camp journey in September called Odyssey. The grade 12s will no longer go on a camp as they will rather spend the time focusing on academics. They will have a fun social during the annual grade camps.

The purpose of the grade camps is multifaceted. The learners are exposed to various environments around the country and various experiences ranging from environmental education, history, outdoorsmanship, to the more extreme white water rafting, canopy touring, and tubing. The learners also have a chance to see their peers in a new light as they are often taken out of their comfort zones and exposed to each other. It is also an opportunity for the grade teachers and learners to connect in a less formal environment.

Each grade camp venue has been purposefully selected to achieve certain goals.

Grade 8 (25-27 February 2019)

This camp is held at Warthog Inn near Brits. Here the bushveld environment is a wonderful setting for spirit building and to allow the learners an opportunity to find themselves within a team.

Grade 9 (23-27 February 2019)

This camp will be held in the heart of Zululand at the Babanango Valley Adventure Centre near Dundee. Here the learners will have a rich environmental together with cultural and historical experiences. They will tour the Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift battlefield as well as gain practical experience in ecology and Life Science as they explore the outdoors.

Grade 10 (5-13 September 2019)

This camp known as Odyssey is unique to Midstream. The camp is run completely internally by the Midstream staff ensuring that it is a high quality and long-lasting experience. The Odyssey is a 9-day adventure whereby the learners are divided into small groups, allocated a staff member and have to journey on their own through the Haenertsburg wilderness area. The learners experience many different activities such as paddling, hiking, cooking, camping, canopy touring, and bike riding to name a few. Each group’s route ultimately leads them to the summit of the Iron Crown (2 126m) which is the highest point in Limpopo. The camp truly challenges the learners as it takes them right out of their comfort zones and allows for individual growth. They have an opportunity to get to know their group staff member as an individual which builds a lasting relationship.

Grade 11 (24-27 February 2019)

Known as the ultimate adventure camp, the grade 11s travel to the beautiful Hazyview in the Low Veld area where they are able to really enjoy one of South Africa's unique environments. Here the learners have an adrenalin filled three days as they participate in white water rafting, tubing and a leadership development adventure race. They will also be taken back to their time on Odyssey and reflect on some of the lessons learned.

GRADE

DEPARTURE DATE AND TIME

ARRIVAL DATE AND ESTIMATED TIME

8

Monday 25 February, 08:00

Wednesday 27 February, 14:30

9

Saturday 23 February, 05:00

Wednesday 27 February, 15:00

10

Thursday 5 September, 07:00

Friday 13 September, 15:00

11

Sunday 24 February, 09:30

Wednesday 27 February, 14:00