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31 March 2017

posted 30 Mar 2017, 14:01 by Carolyn Brett
There was plenty of opportunity to see children experiencing new things and testing themselves at Camp Kaitoke this week! There are many stories.......... about the child who was 10% more brave on the second attempt at abseiling, the child who mastered the flying fox (although way out of their comfort zone), the child who demonstrated very clearly that they could handle their emotions a whole lot better than a year ago on Camp...... yes - stories galore! This is what an experience like Camp can do. Camp can increase GRIT. 

Oh yes! I've talked about the concept of GRIT many times, and will many more times to come, as it's such a relevant topic. I've also mentioned Angela Duckworth too. Angela defines GRIT as a child's "perseverance and passion for long term goals......". Mounting research on GRIT suggests that your child's ..."ability to work hard, endure struggle, fail, and try again may be the key to determining long term success and happiness".

I came across a parenting article "What is Grit, Why kids need it and How you can foster it" by Jenny Williams. In this, it states that "kids are not able to just spontaneously grow up to be gritty people without being supported in that".

Camp certainly provides a great opportunity, but opportunities exist everyday. It's up to us as educators and parents to shine a light on these times, for the children's benefit.

Kia ora rawa atu to our gritty staff John, Gabrielle, Nic and Anna, our camp parents Steve, Deb, Steve, and on Tuesday David, Cath and Lesley.
We were so sorry that Gabrielle fell ill, John sustained a bad physical injury which saw them both needing an early exit....... which was hard for them both.
So to Hamish, our extended whanau member, ehara koe i a ia! Lucky you were there, that you are still 'a big part of us' and were happy to roll out the sleeping bag!