We went for 3 days and 2 nights. During the day we did various activities that were on the time table they put together. Breakfast was at 8:30 every morning and dinner was at 6:00 every night. The food was quite good. My favorite food was toast, chicken wings, hot chocolate and the BBQ food. At the BBQ there were hot dogs, chicken wings and corn on the cob. It was amazing!
Grade 5 Camp in Cheung Chau
Cheung Chau is a small island that is part of Hong Kong. In Cheung Chau the population is lower than Hong Kong and Kowloon islands. Cheung Chau has good beaches, lots of hiking areas, and it is peaceful and quiet. Cheung Chau is probably best known for its seafood. There are no cars on the island, making it a delightful place for walking around and exploring the villages. There are boats that transport people up and down the island called san pans. What is unique about sampans are that the captains of the boat are usually the person that made it.
Here is the camp we went to:
The activities we did were rock climbing, raft building, caving, a BBQ and The Great Race. The Great Race was when we divided into groups of 5 or 6 and went around Cheung Chau and found answers to questions on a sheet of paper that had been given by the instructors. At nighttime the activities we did were team chants and a night walk. We slept in a little dorm with 4 or 5 other friends.
Each of the activities had challenges. The most challenging thing for raft building was to plan the raft well with all the bamboo, rope and inner tubes. The designing was really hard because you had to position the bamboo so that everybody could sit on it. Another hard thing was keeping it together and that included holding it together if the rope undid. Probably the hardest part was connecting all the inner tubes and the bamboo together. The most difficult parts of caving were squeezing through tight spaces, not falling off and climbing through the rock when going down or up. The hardest things for rock climbing were not slipping on your own sweat, finding good rocks, not looking down and keeping your arms from getting tired. Finding the good rocks was hard because a lot of them were small or hard to grip. This might sound a bit silly, but the most annoying challenge for BBQing was keeping the bugs off of us and not getting bitten. Finally, with the The Great Race, the number one challenge for all groups was not rushing. This is because you’d get lost or get the answer wrong and this would trigger you not to win because you would take longer to get back.
During this camp I learned lots of new things. One of the things I learned was which plants were invasive and which were native to Cheung Chau. The most fun thing I learned was how to build a raft. I learned that you can make rafts out of bamboo, ropes and inner-tubes. While we were making the rafts we also learned how to tie different kinds of knots. I learned that there is a fisherman’s knot, an over hang not etc. I also learned that the banyan tree is sacred to Chinese culture.
Overall the most fun thing about this camp was building the raft and riding it in the waves! If I ever do this camp again I would bring a sleeping bag, pillow and MORE mosquito repellant! In conclusion this whole camp was so exiting with all the activities and the great instructors that I wish I could do it again!!