Below is a diary recount from Gregory Milonas on the recent Year 5 Camp.
Monday 29 August 2016
I woke up in excitement and happiness because it was finally year five camp. I got out of bed quickly and quietly and put on my clothes and had breakfast.
When we were heading to the bus I was struggling because my luggage was quite heavy. Dad helped carry it for a bit then we got to the bus, put our luggage in one by one and then got on. I waved my parents goodbye, I felt bad for my little sister because she was crying that I had left. When the bus drove off I had a feeling of excitement and worry in my stomach, probably just nerves...
It took a while to reach our destination; Phillip Island. I was a little bored until the teachers started handing out the camp booklets. When I read who was in my cabin I was so thrilled because I had all my best friends (George, Christopher, Lazar, Darcy and Arthur). Once we finally got there we took our luggage and made our way to our cabins. We argued over who would sleep on the top or bottom bunk beds. I lost the paper, scissors, rock game and ended up on the bottom! After settling in we headed to activities where we tested out the ‘Giant Swing’. I swung higher than I’d ever gone before. I believe its eighteen meters high. I was worried, scared and excited all at once! It was AMAZING! All the other boys and girls had a go too and it was great to watch, but more fun to do.
The flying fox was next, you had to climb up a ladder onto a platform where you put on a harness and helmet, and boy was I scared, but it was a super rush! It felt so exhilarating flying down the cable, I even put my hands out as if I were an eagle soaring through the air.
I reached the other end with a thump and was helped out of my harness by one of my mates. “Wow”, I exclaimed, “That rocked!”
Then later on in the afternoon we did a nature activity which was called “Nature Spotto”. We were given a list of bird names and pictures to find in the bush.
This is where the fun begins. The last bird to be found was the Cape Baron Goose. I spotted one, so went close to have a better look and saw it had a family. Seeing me come too close the father flapped its wings out wide and started to chase me making awful noises, in an effort to protect its family. I ran as fast as I could back to the group. I’ll never go too close to a family of animals again!
After all that we had dinner and watched ‘talent night’ which is always entertaining and very funny; especially Arthur’s jokes and as always there was a girl group doing a dance and song. My favourite part was the disco afterwards.
What a brilliant first day, I was exhausted! “Lights out everyone! See you in the morning!”
Tuesday 30 August 2016
Breakfast! My favourite. I always love camp breakfasts. It’s like having everything to choose from. I scoffed down bacon and eggs and toast with Marmalade (My Dad was right, marmalade is ok although I’m not quite Paddington bear about it!)
Activities for the day began with canoeing. Down by the lake we hopped in by pairs. I was teamed with Jasmin, who sat in front and kept splashing water on me with her paddles. I’d never canoed before and was a little worried the boat would flip but it was smooth sailing for us. However others weren’t so lucky, such as Christopher and Satya who both took a dip! There was laughter all around.
Next up was archery, I nearly got a bullseye! It’s not a sport you would usually try but I’m glad I did as I had a blast!
Next up was camp cooking which I enjoyed a lot, we got to make pancakes. We first made the batter, which I had seen done many times before as it’s usually a Sunday breakfast at our house. They turned out great and I had jam on mine, YUM!
After this break we did a team exercise that was interesting. Using a dummy we had to navigate a course without dropping the dummy; whose name was Donna by the way. The obstacles were tricky log bridges and suspended ferries pulled by rope. Let’s just say Donna died a couple of times and it was hard working in teams but really fun at the same time.
Then, after all the excitement of the afternoon’s activities we changed our clothes, putting on something warm for what was going to be an exciting evening expedition, to watch the ‘penguin parade’.
Upon arrival we all stepped off the bus into a windy and cold coastal area. Miss Bogianidou told us all to “walk like penguins” we looked ridiculous and laughed a lot but it was fun.
When we arrived we were told to take a seat on what looked like steps down close to the beach as this is where we would see the penguins come up out of the water and march across and up the beach to find their burrows. It was nearly dark when Miss Bogianidou screamed with excitement, “here come the penguins!”. In groups they waddled up. Flocks of seagulls swooping in to pester them, the penguins ducked out of harm’s way, and waddled faster, eager to get to their nests. Each time a bird swooped down I worried for their safety but luckily none were harmed. What a great experience; one I’ll never forget.
Back at camp we put on our jim jams and had movie night with hot chocolate. What a great way to finish off camp!