Our camp to Mundaring this term was great fun. We left for camp after school on Wednesday and arrived at the camp at Mundaring Weir near sunset. We had to quickly set up our tents which was really difficult in the dark.
After getting our tents ready we had dinner (Nachos!) and Mr Cummings lit the camp fires. It was very very very cold and we were happy to sit and chat around the fire with a hot drink before going to bed to try to warm up.
In the morning we got up and had bacon, eggs and toast for breakfast before heading off on a tour of the dam, which started with a long walk from the camp ground to the bottom of the dam. On the way our tour guides talked about the history of the area and we were surprised to hear that Mundaring Weir isn’t actually a weir and that is should be called Mundaring Dam.
At the bottom of the dam we made edible aquifers to learn about why a pipeline to the Goldfields was needed and were shown around the museum in the old pumping station. We then had to walk all the way to the top of the dam again to have lunch.
We were very tired and spent the afternoon playing Uno, talking with each other, kicking a ball around and generally relaxing before heading out on a sunset walk along a section of the Bibbulmun track. It was cool seeing a group of 5-6 kangaroos hopping through the bush in front of us.
It was getting cold again so after hamburgers for dinner we sat around the campfire to cook marshmallows and tell stories. It was fun talking to all the other students and finding out a bit more about them.
Friday morning we had breakfast and then spent 2 hours helping the park rangers remove an invasive weed from the bush near the campground. It was hard work but I think we made a big difference. After pulling up the weeds we had to pack our bags and tents and clean the campground. We went to a park in Mundaring to eat pizza for lunch and play in the playground. It started raining so we packed up and came back to school a bit early. I was happy about getting back early since it meant I got to see my friends at school before the holidays.
Overall it was a fun camp and was very interesting to learn about Mundaring Weir (dam). We had to thank Mr Glossop, Mrs Lucas, Mrs Michel, Mrs Bruce, Mr Cummings and Tylah, Yvonne, and Keira for looking after us.
By The Bush Ranger Cadets,