The ability to work successfully as part of a team is important in school, work and life in general. For this reason, all of our activities involve some element of teamwork. 


Using your communication and problem-solving skills, how confidently would you be able to lead a group? This includes developing positive relationships within a team setting, and communicating ideas effectively. 

Sometimes making mistakes is the best way to learn. We encourage resilience in the face of set-backs and failure, which is an important skill in all aspects of life. 

The ability to approach life and its challenges with motivation and enthusiasm. We also hope to motivate and inspire our visitors to learn new skills, and be the best they can be. 

Communicating effectively through speaking and listening skills allows for the expression of ideas, emotions and the sharing of new information through others. 

Strategically looking at a situation, considering the various options, and confidently executing a thought-through plan. 

To develop an understanding of how human behaviour and actions can positively and negatively affect the natural world. Being aware of our carbon footprint and impact on the environment is a core value at Mount Cook. 


To believe in yourself and the decisions you make. We want you to identify new strengths and skills that you didn’t know you had! 

Whether you’re 6 years old or 60 years old, it’s never too late to learn a new skill. It could be learning how to light a camp fire, or tying a safe knot. We want to offer you the opportunity to learn something new. 


The ability to face a new challenge with positivity, determination and enthusiasm is important in school and work environments. Whilst managing appropriate risk taking and considering the consequences of one’s actions is also an important life skill