We had the grade 5 camp! It was kind of fun but unfortunately, lots of kids were homesick but it was still okay. It was at the Tai Tam scout centre and it was on October 11-13 2017, which was 3 days 2 nights at camp (Pro tip: the dorms are way better than tents because they have AC and beds. Always choose dorms). In the tents I slept for four hours and in the dorms I slept for nine hours (see the difference? The dorms were comfortable and also bug-free). There will be more on that later. My tent mate was Daniel, my dorm mates were me, Darren L, Daniel, Calvin, Richard, Julian, Ryan B and someone else that I forgot. My camp group was me, Daniel, Darren L, Calvin, Sarah, Rhea, Elsa, Sierra, Li Wen and Anika.
On the first day, we did some basic activities and games and I found out that we couldn’t set up our tents like last year. When I was going back to my group, a brick partly sticking out from the ground made me trip and I got a bruise, a few small scrapes and a medium-bad scrape. Me, Darren L and Daniel washed it off and tried our best to clean it which was hard, considering the limited supplies we had. They also gave me bandages for my worse scrapes, which was nice of them. After Daniel and Darren L put some medicine and I stuck their bandages on, we played a few games. Then, we had lunch. Lunch was some food wrapped up in a piece of dough. We could choose what we wanted to eat. That afternoon, we learned how to use compasses, read and create maps and start a fire. After that, we moved into our tents and took showers. The showers had hot water so everyone was happy about that. Dinner was chicken and vegetables rice. The chicken was kind of salty though. At night in the tents, I only slept for 4 hours because it was really hot, the ground was a bit uneven and I got woken up at exactly 1:00 am by someone who made clicking noises with their shoes and that person started shouting. There was also a mosquito in our tent so me and Daniel had to try to get it out of there. (I woke up with mosquito bites all over my body, including my back, arms, legs, ears and face. Maybe it got trapped in my sleeping bag. Who knows?)
On the second
day, Darren Y (not Darren L) helped us get the mosquito out of our tent which was good. Then we ate breakfast which was cornflakes and oatmeal squares. After breakfast, my camp group did raft building and raft racing with another group. We won! Then, we jumped off the pier! That was the best thing I did in camp, by far. It was really fun. After raft racing and pier jumping, we went kayaking. Most of it was really boring because we kept going a bit close to the rocks instead of moving into open water, (there was a lot of it out there but I still don’t get why our space was close to the rocks) so while the other group was paddling, we were holding on to each other’s kayaks not doing anything. When we went rock climbing, we had to get to the end of the wall instead of to the top, but I managed to do it. Then, we had lunch. After lunch we played this game called Starship Enterprise. We had to try to create the exact same structure as the one behind a lifejacket so we couldn’t see it. We could only send one person at a time to go take a look at it then report to the group. We had spaghetti bolognese for dinner but instead of spaghetti, we had the pasta which kind of looks like a spiral. When we moved into the dorms, me and my dorm mates were really excited because the dorms had beds, tables and chairs which was good. I slept really well.
For the last day of camp, we did this thing called the star challenge. Each group was split into two, A and B but we were still in a team, and we will add up all of the points that the groups A and B got.We were supposed to go around doing different activities and if we complete them, we will get at least one point but there is a chance that we can get bonus points.
Overall, camp was okay, but I think next time, we should have barbecue and s’mores like last year and for the kayaking, we could go further out so there are less rocks and more water. We could also be able to choose between tents or dorms or both.