Stage 3 – PDHPE – Challenge Games

Stage 3 students taking on the challenge of Acid River

Program Overview

Bournda Environmental Education Centre offers a range of Challenge Games that can form a part of any day or overnight program.

Challenge Games are a series of challenging activities that require team work and cooperation to be completed. Students work in groups to solve challenging problems using creative thinking, problem solving and team work. Each game has a set of rules that the students must follow. Aspects of leadership, team work and perseverance are discussed with students as they complete the challenges.

Challenge Games work well as an activity to include as a session in a day program or overnight camp. Challenge Games also form a part of our Leadership Programs and work well alongside Peer Support activities.

Learning Experiences

Bournda Environmental Education Centre run a variety of Challenge Games that can be selected including:

Acid River – students are required to cross an ‘Acid River’ with only the available equipment.

A Frame – students are required to transport one group member using only the A-frame and ropes.

Espionage Raid – students must retrieve boxes of secret files from an inner compound without losing any members.

Chains Apart – students must use the support of a team member to travel along two diverging chains.

Nitro Crossing – students are bushwalkers trapped with only one way out. They must swing across  a ‘chasm’ to safety with all their equipment.

Squares – students must traverse a set of four intervals of chain using only one support rope that must also be shared with other players.

The Log – students are bushwalkers that must negotiate over a ‘rock wall’ to complete their trek.

Keep in Step – Students need to coordinate their steps as they ‘walk’ as a team across an open area.

Communication Challenge – students work in pairs to complete challenges that require verbal and listening skills and challenge their communication skill.

Reversibility – all team members must reverse their order while balancing on a plank.

Note: Some of these activities can only be run by Bournda EEC staff who have completed necessary training and follow procedures to ensure the safety of your students.

Syllabus Outcomes

PDHPE All stages – Values and Attitudes Outcomes

V1 – Refers to a sense of their own worth and dignity

V2- Respects the right of others to hold different values and attitudes from their own

V3 – Enjoys a sense of belonging

V6 – Commits to realising their full potential

PDHPE Stage 3 – Skills outcomes

COS3.3 – Communicates confidently in a variety of situations

DMS3.2 – Makes informed decisions and accepts responsibility for consequences

INS3.3 – Acts in ways that enhance the contribution of self and others in a range of cooperative situations

MOS3.4 – Refines and applies movement skills creatively to a variety of challenging situations

PSS3.5 – Suggests, considers and selects appropriate alternatives when resolving problems

PDHPE Stage 3 – Knowledge and Understanding

GSS3.8 – Applies movement skills in games and sports that require communication, cooperation, decision making and observation of rules

IRS3.11 – Describes roles and responsibilities in developing and maintaining positive relationships

Preparing for an Excursion