Think back to your school camps. They were probably something along the lines of sleeping in crowded rooms that smelt of mold and eating sub-par food, right? And they probably involved doing ‘team building’ exercises that was only fun for the kid taking it way too seriously. They almost definitely didn’t involve doing sweet jumps over obstacles, and being taught how to do it from some devilishly handsome professionals. However, this actually was the case for the lucky Year 11s of Barker College in both 2015 and 2016!
In 2015 Barker College approached Jump Squad and asked us to create the first week long Parkour camp in Australia. It took a lot of work and planning, but we managed to do it. And it was such a huge success that Barker College asked us back again in 2016, and it’s looking good for 2017.
Throughout the five days of dedicated Parkour and Freerunning training, the students got a chance to learn not only the physical side, but also immerse themselves in the culture and history. This was a mix of practical workshops, historical and cultural presentations, access to over 100 iconic Parkour and Freerunning videos and movies, and trips to the local gymnastics centre.
By the end of the week, all students in both years had shown huge progression and had a deep understanding of Parkour that many long time practitioners would envy. Some had even progressed from no previous experience, to doing advanced Parkour and Freerunning movements, such as backflips and catpass to arm jumps. And the best part is they had an amazing time while doing it! Baeden from the 2015 camp said it was “easily the best week of my 12 years of schooling” and he is still training with us today.
Jump Squad is so happy to be given the opportunity to spend a full week of teaching what we love to young people, and we can’t wait for the next one.