On the 17th of May our CLP class left school on our journey to Gilwell Park, near Gembrook. The class and our two teachers (Mr. Andriessen and Miss Riddle) arrived at Gilwell and started to inspect the area before setting up the tents. Once we had finished setting up the group then sat down and enjoyed our lunch in the outdoors.
After lunch we all went for a walk to collect firewood for the fire we planned to have. Once all the firewood was broken up we moved on to our first activity which was the low ropes course. Just before the sun went down we set up our cooking circle and started to cook our dinners on the trangia stoves. After dinner we cleaned up and sat around the fire.
The camp fire we had after dinner was nice and warm and also relaxing. We played games like title and artist with the guitar that Laing and Andrew brought along. We roasted marshmallows and talked about fun things, we all enjoyed talking and listening to each other.
Early on day 2 we commenced the first of our challenging initiative activities, the high ropes course; it was exhilarating. For safety, we wore a helmet and a harness and had two people act as a “belay” to ensure we didn’t fall. Each part was different and consisted of difficult challenges that were 7 minutes off the ground. After overcoming our fears, we then attempted the Giant’s Ladder. The Giant’s Ladder is an activity that needs the whole group to participate, even if you didn’t climb you still had to hold the ropes to support the climbers. Laing, Cameron, Chance and Kiara did well on this challenge.
After lunch we did Crate Stacking, which involves one person attached to a full body harness to stack milk crates above one another and get as high as possible. One team managed to stack fifteen crates on top of each other! Both team's crate stacks eventually fell. The final activity for the day, was the Gauntlet. This was muddy obstacle course consisting of Tunnel Crawls, Muddy Water swims, rope walls and the Monkey Bars. The Gauntlet tested our physical and mental strength.
After the Gauntlet, we returned back to the campsite to have a BBQ dinner prepared by Mr Andriessen! The majority of us ended up full and struggled to eat what was left. For dessert we learnt how to make damper and toasted it on the fire. We then added Nutella.
The next day we were up early again and had to pack up everything. Once we put all the gear in the trailer and we took off for our last activity, hut building. In hut building we all were split up into 3 teams to make a hut out of sticks, bark and leaves. The aim was to make the most stable and liveable hut. This was a challenge given the materials and time we had to work with.
We returned safely to school at about 2pm and unpacked the bus and trailer in the rain, however we can count ourselves lucky that this was the first rain we had had for the camp! Camp was fun and eye-opener for a lot of us, we also saw the development of leadership skills and friendships.