Boot Camp 2013
Each year, we close our camps at the end of January for our annual “Boot Camp” – a week of focused intensive training (not military drills!). This was the sixth Selinda Reserve Boot Camp and the second Duba Plains Boot Camp. Each year, there is always the challenge of developing a new curriculum with relevant training that was exciting and not repetitive. The focus of this year’s Boot Camps was Great Plains Conservation – sharing the brand, personality and knowledge that we have within the company.
The training kicked off with broad skills training focused on personal skills development, which included subjects such as time management, goal setting, personal health and hygiene awareness. There was great feedback from these days as everyone appreciated learning skills that could be used in all facets of their lives.
This was followed by more focused training which shared knowledge within our management team, encouraged ownership of everyone’s roles and responsibilities and updated everyone on the company ethos and brand.
A day of department specific training was presented by managers who had been given the challenge of developing their own skill-specific curriculum. The maintenance team focused on skill-development working with technicians on trouble-shooting and solutions for elaborate issues within their camps. Management spent a day together in team building (and a wonky paper bridge building exercise – pictured) whilst learning how to communicate effectively between isolated camps and offices. The guides spent the days working on their rifle handling and firing skills, which they then put to good use in the paintball fun session held for managers and guides (although they could not stop their team mate Ros from being shot in the bottom).
The final day of training was an interactive workshop with ideas being shared by all, discussed in a round-table fashion, and finding creative solutions together.
All in all it was a great few days of learning, sharing and laughter, which was followed by the Botswana Olympics (see later post).