Now that I’ve recovered from camp its time for a more detailed post about camp.
Thursday morning it was brilliant to see students show up early and help pack their bags and the rest of our gear into the bus and trailer. Once ready we headed off to The Maze.
I hadn’t been to The Maze before and was impressed with all the attractions. It was a great way to spend the day, even with the rain.
Watching Mr Glossop jumping around on the giant inflatable pillow was a major highlight of the day. Having him beat us all at mini golf was not so great.
Once we were all worn out (I’m sure the staff were worn out much more than some of the kids) we headed over to the Yanchep National Park to set up our tents and get ready for dinner. It was nice seeing the kids reactions to all of the kangaroos and birds just hanging around while we cooked the hamburgers.
It was good to see the kids talking with each other, especially the year 7s and 8s with the older cadets. I think Ashley found himself a few new minions.
After dinner we headed back to the tents to relax, have a chat and boil the kettle for the staff to have a much needed coffee.
Getting the kids to go to sleep on camp is always a challenge so when we told them to turn off their lights it was great that they all switched them off quickly. The camp site was dark, with only star light to guide my way to my tent.
For about 5 minutes…
I’m not sure how this group thought they’d be able to hide turning their light back on in a tent.
The next morning everyone was up early, packing their gear but It had rained a little over the night so we left the tents up to dry and headed off for breakfast next to the lake. It was such a nice morning we decided to go for a walk along the trail around the lake. Having the whole group enjoy a walk was a great way to start the day.
Now that the tents had dried we packed up and started the trip back to school, stopping at the Rotary Park in Wanneroo for a quick pizza lunch. We made it back in time to pack away all of the gear, clean up the bus and join in the rest of the college in the Multicultural Day activities. It was lucky that we made it back on time as Alex, one of our year 7 cadets had a stall where they were selling some pretty awesome ANZAC biscuits.
The lead up to the first camp each year is always a busy time. A lot of time and effort goes into learning how to set up tents, discussing the hazards of being out in the bush, learning each others names (always a challenge for me…) and arranging everything else that needs to be done. This seems like a great time to thank everyone involved: The Bush Ranger Instructors, our ex cadet volunteers Yvonne and Keira, Head Cadet John, the students, the parents and anyone else that helped out. These camps couldn’t happen without all of your support.
If any cadets have any awesome photos from camp that they want to share they can upload them to the Yanchep 2018 album using the link below the slideshow.