Last week from Wednesday to Friday, me and the other Grade 5 students went to the Tai Tam Scout Centre to have our Grade 5 Camp!
We started the camp with the camp leaders welcoming us and telling us some important reminders, like who gets to sleep in dorms, when is lights out, what team we are in, and so on. I was in Team 7 with a guy named Seth (I think that’s how to spell his name) and he was really cool. He actually knew how to do a proper backflip and showed us! We all tried to follow him but failed.
Our first activity was to get to know each other, to make our team name, flag, and cheer, and also to play some small games like “Splat!”. Our group name was “Fizzy Sprites” because in the classroom where we wanted to make our name, there was a sprite plushie and it inspired us to make the name “Fizzy Sprites”! I don’t like the name but I don’t hate it either, I think we could’ve made a better name but I’m ok with it. We did some small games for a long time, after what we thought was an hour, but 3 hours! We went to eat lunch, which was really good. We got some of those taco bread and got some chicken, beef, corn, vegetables and mushed together to make a really yummy sandwich lunch.
I don’t really remember what happened next. I think we looked at maps to see how map reading is really important. With the map in our hand, Seth taught us that since the ocean was to our right, we should face the ocean on our map to the right. That means the map is faced in the right direction. Then, find the place you want to go to, and follow the map to get there. He also taught us what the lines on the map were, the dotted dots were routes that you could go but is not paved, the dotted lines were streets or roads that were unpaved, and straight lines were paved streets. We went outside on a hike to check out how to use the map and to draw our own map of the Tai Tam area. It was really fun.
After that, we had an amazing dinner of pepper rice and chicken, it was amazing and we also got the experience of cleaning our own dishes properly with soap and water. After that, all the teams combined and had a little game called “Postcards.” The game was about co-operation. Somebody would say a place in the world and we would make the place with our bodies. When we did Egypt, we wanted to make a human pyramid, but that failed. It was really challenging and people were really heavy. After all the mini-games, we had this review thing and we reviewed what we did that day. We chose a strategy and it was hearts, spades, diamonds. Hearts was what we were thankful for, spades what we wanted to change, and diamonds was what we enjoyed.
The night between the 1st day and 2nd day was REALLY HOT . I couldn’t sleep at all and there were a lot of mosquitos flying around in our tent. Also, another tent next to us kept shouting and talking. That was ok since in the morning I was refreshed. I got my swimsuit and went out to the main grass field outside. We played some more mini-games like tug-of-war and a lot of others. Then we went out to do our first water activity! I was really excited. We brought some tires, bamboos, and string to go raft building! We built it for a long time and while we were building it, we learnt a lot of new knots. The first test to test if our raft was stable, the leaders threw it off the ocean from the pier and then we got in the raft and had a race with another team. Too bad we lost though. But that was ok because we won the untying raft challenge! And also we got to jump off the pier and land in the ocean. It was not that high but it was the tallest dive I’ve ever done. I love doing it and all the air went on my face and I felt like my skin was peeling off, but it was not. Then, I splashed into the water and swam for a while. I think this would’ve my highlight of camp. That was not it for the water sports though, because the next activity was canoeing!
The things is, I can’t tell the difference between canoeing and kayaking, so I don’t know what I did!
When we did canoeing or kayaking, I’m gonna call it canoking. It was my first time going canoking, Seth taught us how to hold a paddle properly and how to use a paddle properly. I had a lot of fun and I used all of my power to paddle and catch up with our leader.
Another activity that was really hard was bouldering, it’s like rock climbing but instead of going up, you go sideways, I’m really bad at rock climbing so this provided a nice challenge.
That was basically the end of the 2nd day. Of course, we still had dinner and some small activities but that was pretty boring.
The most exciting thing that I was looking forward to the 2nd day was the dorms, I was really excited for the air conditioning and a proper bed so I could sleep well, that night, I had an amazing night and slept perfectly.
I woke up really sleepy but was also excited about another thing, the “Star Challenge”. It’s this challenge where we split up into different teams. And in those teams, there are more teams. Confusing right? Basically, there was a big team and we all had the came centre. The goal was to go to the centre and get a quest, like go to Ms, Laura and do the Monster challenge with her. There were a lot of challenges and some of them were really hard. Just ignore the confusing teams part if you find it confusing. At the end, after each challenge you get a point, and if you were good or did something that exceeded the expectations, you would have bonus points. At the end of the whole thing, the counsellers calculated the points…
FIZZY SPRITES HAD WONNNNNNN!
I was really happy. We got a small prize of some chocolate fig bars, and they really good.
And that was the end of camp! I had a lot of fun and gave me a lot of experience, I’ll miss Seth because he helped me a lot during camp and was really fun. When we go next time in Grade 6, I hope I get to sleep better in tents!