Twenty students from Rotorua Boys’ High School will soon be heading for the hills near Tongariro National Park for a week of leadership and life skills development at the Hillary Outdoors Education Centre with the help of NZCT.
Michael Stanley and James Baldwin are two of the team of sportsmen who are looking forward to pushing themselves outside their comfort zones. “I’m scared of heights,” said swimmer James who may get the opportunity to conquer his fear on the Centre’s high ropes course and flying fox.
Gymnast Michael admits to being “rubbish at swimming” and will likely be relying on his teammates to get him through the challenges of canoeing, raft-building or white-water rafting.
However, neither of the boys knows exactly what to expect yet. “The instructors choose what you do and keep you occupied the whole time,” said Michael. James has heard great things from his friends about the experience. “It’s about teamwork and getting everybody across the line. They say it’s the best experience. Really positive.”
Whatever activities the Rotorua boys end up taking part in, they are sure to be challenged mentally, physically and socially by their week in the wilds.