I’m back and I survived Grade 6 camp! We went to Outward Bound in Sai Kung. I did so many exciting and awesome things. I got a bit homesick, but I just reminded myself that I was with my friends and that it was only for a few days. My camp leaders, Yolanda, Matt and Sonia, were really nice and encouraging. We also saw wild boars! Not up close, but on the helicopter pad near our campsite where we stayed for the last night. I had so much more fun then I imagined I would.
I pushed myself out of my comfort zone by jumping off the top jetty when I only planned to do the middle. I was really scared at first, but when I actually jumped, it felt amazing. I knew that if I didn’t jump, I would regret not jumping later. I felt really proud of myself after. We spent the first night in the dorms, which were nice (except for the really noisy ceiling fans), and the next two nights in tents.
Basically all of the activities were fun. We hiked up one of the tallest mountains in that area! There was a cool marker at the top. We did orienteering, where we had a map of the area and we had to find these numbers and letters. After we found them all, we had to decode the message, which read pontoon, so that’s when we went to the pontoon to do a practice jetty jump, and our camp leaders showed us how to hold the life jackets and how to step off. We also did kayaking. We saw lots of rock-like things floating around in the water. My best friend Alexa thought they were coconuts, but Yolanda told us that they were actually dead sea urchins, which was a bit creepy.
I think my favourite part was getting s’mores on the last night. They were delicious, probably more delicious because I hadn’t had one since 4th grade. I also loved looking at the stars. My dad has an app on his phone where you can look up all the constellations and find them in real life. I wish I had my dad’s phone there to tell what all the constellations were, and I wish we could see more stars like that in the city because that would just be amazing.
Overall, I was really happy with my accomplishments at camp. I think I did a pretty good job and put my best effort in all the activities. I think that next year if we do camp-like trips, I can maybe be more of a risk-taker because if I don’t push myself out of my comfort zone, I’ll be stuck doing the same things again and again and I won’t learn new things and become more comfortable doing different things.
Here are some of the photos that have me in it.
^Me doing the practice jetty jump ^At the top of the hill we climbed ⛰
^Me doing the real jetty jump😬 ^Just on the hill
^Setting up tents