The television reality series "Survivor" pits teams and individuals against each other in remote locales until only the winner remains.

The television reality series "Survivor" pits teams and individuals against each other in remote locales until only the winner remains.

In the past two weeks, some Dublin kids participated in their own version of "Survivor" as part of the school district's summer enrichment program.

Unlike the TV show, no one was forced to leave.

The course program described the camp as an "exercise in teamwork and higher-level thinking where the focus is on problem solving, using resources and surviving in a difficult environment and nobody gets voted off!"

Davis Middle School teacher Bret Ray led the two classes at Sells Middle School for kids in third through fifth grade. Nine were registered for the first week and 16 for the second week. The cost of the five-day class was $90 ($80 before May 16).

Programs such as "Survivor" allow kids and their teachers "to step down the seriousness of learning," Ray said.

On the first day of each class, Ray asked the kids what they thought a survivor was.

"Normally I work with eighth-graders, have for 10 years, and I was expecting a lot of talk about being stranded on a desert island," he said. "That came up, but we weren't five minutes into the conversation until someone said, 'What about someone who survives a disease? Or somebody survives losing a job?' I was really proud of these kids that they were thinking that way."

He then talked to them as a history teacher about what it took for others to survive and "that opened up the discussion on cooperation, encouragement, obeying the rules ... taking them through a five-minute lesson that all through history, when people faced challenges, they survived because they worked together," Ray said.

All the activities in the weeklong classes were based on the principles of teamwork and encouragement, such as a visit to the Dublin cemetery to find the answers to several questions that Ray posed to the kids. They worked in teams of two to move an egg from the ground to a chair without using their hands. They took a walk in the woods to find things in nature that matched the colors of a rainbow.

They worked with only a two-by-four and a scooter to cross the parking lot at Sells without touching the pavement.

Matt Brown, a sixth-grader at Karrer Middle School, was quick to point out this was a camp, not summer school. He signed up because "it sounded fun."

Braden Lowery, a sixth-grader at Davis Middle School, agreed. "I thought it might be fun and would get me out of the house."

Both Madison Hyzdu, a fifth-grader at Glacier Ridge Elementary, and Gillian Pace, a fifth-grader at Wyandot Elementary, said they had never watched "Survivor."

Hyzdu said she attended the camp because she likes to explore the woods and wanted to learn some survival skills in case she ever got lost.

Pace said she was looking for a fun camp, and was there because her friend also was in attendance.

Both agreed with their teacher on the benefits of the camp.

"We're learning about leadership and how to communicate with each other and be positive by encouraging one another," Hyzdu said.

"We're working together to build confidence in ourselves," Pace added.