Picking up survival skills

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014
Shakyra Tipu-Taylor
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EXCITING STUFF: From left, Monique Gooch, Shakyra Tipu-Taylor and Rici Mlcoch d’Dree are up for the challenge.

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Waimate High School is participating in the William Pike Challenge for the second year.

Award students had their first outdoor adventure trip for the year with a night at Gunn's Bush Christian Camp where they learned survival skills.

The trip included compass work, camp fires, camp cooking and bivvy making, taught by Waimate Venturers members Arthur Campbell, Shaun Rooney and Rochelle Wilson. Waimate High School teacher Alice Westgarth said heavy drizzle did not deter them.

"The students then stepped up for the challenge of a bush solo in the dark, giving them first-hand experience of what it might feel like to be lost in the bush at night."

Throughout the year the pupils will participate in seven outdoor education activities.

On top of this students will spend 20 hours of their own time in community service and learning a new sport or hobby.

School staff said pupils, their families and their wider community would benefit from participating in the challenge.

William Pike is a motivational speaker and role model for Kiwi youth. He was one of two young climbers caught in a volcanic eruption on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu in 2007 and suffered numerous life threatening injuries.

His right leg was amputated below the knee, needing extensive recovery and rehabilitation.

By adopting a positive attitude and moving on with the support of his family and friends, William was again able to embrace his love of the outdoors.

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- The Timaru Herald

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