Cadets Climb to New Heights

The birds sang as the morning sun shined. Yawns could be heard from the cosy dormitories. The cadets slipped back into their uniforms as the clouds began to roll in. A little rain never stopped anyone, right?

John Forrest’s Bush Rangers Cadets braved the cold and rains early in July to explore Manjedal Activity Centre for their second camp of 2019. Located in Karrakup, on the Darling Scarp, this camp provided many opportunities to strengthen team bonds and learn new skills. Some of the adventurous activities undertaken by the cadets included:

• Aerial Runway: The rain held out on the first day for the Aerial Runway. The zipline, over 200m long ran over a scenic valley providing stunning views, even providing a glimpse at the ocean! The return hike back was equally stunning!

• Challenge Zone: Cadets (and instructors) made their way across various close-to-ground obstacles, without touching the ground. It lived up to its name with cadets having to rely on each other to cross various obstacles.

• High Ropes: Some cadets are always up for the challenge, even when it involves winds, cold water and heights. Cadets battled an obstacle course some 8 metres above the air, in a very impressive show of determination.

• Vertical Challenge: Cadets worked cooperatively to climb to new heights in these activities. A ladder-like wall with different shaped notches saw cadets race to the top of the climbing tower. On the other side was a series of logs, set out on varying angles to perform a separate ladder. Well done to everyone who made it to the top!

Camp provided a wonderful end to the busy semester. Here are some comments from the cadets themselves:

“Going to camp was a great experience, there were lots of fun activities to do, and everybody here was wonderful. On camp, I talked to some really nice people I had never interacted with before, they were so kind and supportive and when I was panicking, they were very helpful I loved going on camp because everyone is really nice and it’s a great way to try new things.”- Emma

“Camp was well organised, with highlights being damper making, aerial runways, plenty of climbing challenges and rain! All the activities were met with enthusiasm and the cadets got to know each other a little better, despite it being the wettest start of July in ages! Overall, this camp was amazing, full of team building, wrapped in the warm memories of playing ‘Ninja’ and singing by the campfire.”-Ashley

“Sun to rain, rain till night and the cycle continued. The activities were fun, and food was amazing. There is so much more to say but so little space to write. Everyone enjoyed camp although most of us got soaked, we enjoyed time in the pouring rain with our best friends!”- Danish

A special congratulations to Ashley Tan on being selected as the 2019 Head Cadet of the John Forrest unit!

Thank you to everyone who put their time, energy and resources into making one of the best camps we’ve seen yet!

Rama Sugiartha
Year 9 Bush Ranger Cadet

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Will!
Mr Cummings!
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You alright Marta?
Henry!
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Xavier and Theo on the aerial runway
Xavier and Theo on the aerial runway
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Noah getting prepped
Noah getting prepped
Noah getting prepped
Mr Cummings
Go Noah!
Go Noah!
Go Noah!
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What's happening here?
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How many times did you go on Alex?
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WHEEEEE!
Josh
Josh
Wild Year 12s
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More Josh
More Josh
Trung!
Trung!
Theo + Xavier
More Trung
More Trung
More Trung
Happy Noah!
Happy Noah!
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Zyna!
Someone's head
Casey!
Casey!
Mr Cummings!
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Danish + Casey
Danish + Casey
Danish + Casey
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Why so sad?
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Stop singing songs in a tube! :((
Hello?
Our favourite teacher!
What's so funny?
More wild Year 12s
Hello?
Resting Jeff
Resting Jeff
Danish
Noah
That's not how you do it?
That's not how you do it?
Challenge Zone
Stop running at me
Oh hey there
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Year 12s + Andrew
Stop touching Ashley's glass bottle!!
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Rama at dark
Rama at dark + Trung?
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warmmmm
Tim's tea
Tim's tea
Warmmmmmmm
Om Nom
Rama McLlama
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Rama belaying
Struggles
Go Elouise!
Emma!
Teamwork!
Teamwork!
Two very fast climbers!
Emma belaying
Emma belaying
Our favourite teacher !!!111!1!
Henry pretending he's not struggling
Henry pretending he's not struggling
Good job!
Good job!
Who's looking at what?
Elouise belaying
Yes, it was very scary up there
Defeated by the rain
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Morning faces
Morning faces
Morning faces
Morning faces
Morning fire
Morning fire
Soft drink destroys your teeth!!!
If Hasnain flapped any faster he would fly!
Another one of our favourite teachers!!
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Morning fire
Morning fire
Om Kom
Thinking about all the homework he has to do
Hungry?
Morning fire
Andy McFandy
DeLanger and.drew
LILY!!
Taken by Andrew
Taken by Andrew
Clapping for no reason
Thinking about swooping
Thinking about swooping
Thinking about swooping
Tim trying to domesticate a wild bird
Tim trying to domesticate a wild bird
Noah?
Om Dom
DeLanger
Zyna and Gwen
Jorja
Morning
Warm FIRE+
Warm FIRE+
Year 12s + others
Year 12s + others
Year 12s + others
twenty eight
twenty eight
twenty eight
Still thinking about swooping some year 7s
Fire Breathers
Fire Breathers
Fire Breathers
Meg and Gwen
Last fire pics
Last fire pics
Last fire pics
Last fire pics
Last fire pics
Oops!
On the way
Camp site
Was meant to be a year 12 photo but guess not
Was meant to be a year 12 photo but guess not
Was meant to be a year 12 photo but guess not
Selfie!
Selfie!
Games
Fire (taken by danish)
Fire (taken by danish)
Fire (taken by danish)
Rama Knees
Rama Knees
Rama Knees
Rama Knees
Rama Knees
Damper
Damper
Damper
Damper
Damper
Damper
yum
prepping for the movie
prepping for the movie
creepy vacuumn
rest
Warm enough?
who's that?
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Jorja,faith,trung.
Zyna on the ropes
Confidence course sign
Gilwell sign
First Aid Practice
Helping Hasnain
Uno!
Friends
Yum, Damper
Rainy Trees PT1
Rainy Trees Pt2
Rainy Trees Pt3
Creep in the pipes
We found Chicken Joe
Someone broke the lock
Going for a walk
The rain hit Theo, hard
Team work bridge
Birds
In the pipes
Monkey
F ire
Walk
log
tree time
o
more funky trees
t r e e s a g a i n
me and the boys
hot...

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