Camp was super fun. We were stationed in Sai Kung, in Outward Bound’s base camp.
One attribute I learned was risk-taker. I learned to risk-take through the jetty jump and the high ropes. I was not looking forward to the jetty jump. I have tried to jump off a junk boat before, and I completely failed. I didn’t have high hopes for this one. But the thing was, I wanted to go. I was just too scared (BTW I’m scared of heights). I was really nervous. I waited in line, one by one, I watched my friends bravely pop into the water. I slowly walked onto the jetty (HASHTAG THE PLANK) and I just stood there. One of the Outward Bound staff told me to look forward and just to stick one foot out. My heart beat faster and faster. It was incredibly high, and I wanted to quit. but suddenly, after a minute, I closed my eyes, and stuck my right foot out. My heart raced like I was on a rollercoaster, and PLOP! I was in the water. The water hit me like a freezing wave. It was terribly cold. I shivered slightly in my life jacket. I had finally done it!
I also did high ropes, where we had to climb the “Centipede”. I was after several people, and was pretty nervous. As I stated before, I’m scared of heights, and the “Centipede”seemed pretty tall. As I watched my friend go first, slowly descending like she was flying. I watched, as one by one, everyone in front of me went up. Soon, it was my turn. I slowly trudged toward the “Centipede”. I asked if everyone was ready, and I climbed up the first step. It swung slightly as I climbed up. Soon, I was almost there. I looked down. Oops! Big mistake. I clung to the “Centipede”, feeling like I couldn’t make it. My teammates cheered me on, and the camp leaders instructed me where to put my feet. Finally, I was at the very top. I felt really happy to have accomplished this feat. I felt good to be dabbing as I floated down.
For my attitude, I used responsibility. I used responsibility because during tents, we had to set up our own tents and be responsible for cleaning after ourselves. If you didn’t watch the group leader set up the first one, then, bam, you were clueless. When we cleaned up the tents, we had to make sure we had everything out, we packed our stuff neatly, and that the tents were coming down. Everything happened in a flash, and I’m proud of that. 🙂
One more way we had to use responsibility was the rule of Leave No Trace. We were supposed to dispose of our waste properly, minimise the effects of fire, be kind to other visitors, respect the wildlife, plan ahead and prepare,be considerate of others, leave what you find, and travel and camp on durable ground. We had to make sure we fulfilled the rules of leaving no trace of where we went. This is very important because it helps (little by little) minimise the impact on Earth wherever we go.
For the key concepts, I chose commitment. We had to use lots of commitment on the hike, for it was a six hour one. I was already panting by the time we got up several flights of stairs. I started sweating soon, too. I took off my jacket, eager to get some wind. The sun shone unrelentingly on us as we climbed up. We walked and walked up the stairs, and in no time, we saw a stunning view. The ocean seemed endless, and there were little islands nestled in between. We kept walking and after what seemed to be a thousand flight of stairs, there was flat land. Trees quickly blocked out view of the ocean, as well as the breeze. But with the trees came shade. We all sighed in relief. Shade! The saviour to the sun! We walked through the quiet trails, meeting a few dogs along the way. We even ate FruitTips, the sweet flavour melting on our dry tongues. I was the water person, yelling at people to drink more water(in the nice way of course!). We rested on rocks that jutted out from the ground, moss thriving on most. We soon though, had to climb more stairs, I was tired, panting from the minute we started. I do not go on hikes often, and especially not a six hour one. We finally stopped at a checkpoint. We all threw down our heavy bags and sat on a stone. After several minutes, we were ready to start again. In our path was a fork. Our team leader told us that one was shorter, but harder, while the other one was longer, but easier. My team had a quick discussion. Shorter. We wanted to get to the peak as soon as possible. As soon as we went up, we were exposed to the hot sun. I felt like I could see the top, but every time I got there, there was more to be climbed. With each climb, I could feel it getting steeper and steeper. Soon, we had to climb up with our bare hands. I tried to catch my breath, hearing grumbles and complains behind me asking why we even went this way. I silently repeated in my head We’re almost there! We can do it! We’re almost there! We can do it! After several slips and scratches, we made it. It was a sight for sore eyes. We could look from all four sides: North, South, East, West. It was all in front of us. Looming green mountains on one side and the endless ocean on the other. We sat down and enjoyed our precious victory.
I had to use commitment for they raft building/kayak. We had to try to tie the bamboo and the kayaks together, but I guess we used too much clove hitch knots. It was too loose, and it didn’t work. I was frustrated when it just kept coming loose even though we tied many ropes already. At the end, the camps leaders helped us with a solution, and we paddled all the way back.:)
For my skills, I worked on my social skills. I was in a group with not many people I knew, and I had to learn more about them and befriend them. They were all friendly, and I made more friends, that’s for sure. For my skills, I worked on my social skills. I was in a group with not many people I knew, and I had to learn more about them and befriend them. They were all friendly, and I made more friends, that’s for sure. Through our tasks and we became friends and we laughed and had fun together. In fact, it was easier than I thought. Perhaps it has not improved a lot, but I’m sure I did in some way! 🙂 During tents, we had to communicate with each other to lay out each layer. We got to work together, and it was a very quick process. Another time I used my social skills was when I was doing the egg drop with them. We had to create a parachute and something to cushion the egg’s drop. While we were doing so, we sang Disney songs. Now I don’t know what possessed us to do so, but it was fun. We sang How Far I’ll Go, Let it Go, in a parody, and much more. All I can say is we all had a good laugh.
Camp was a great experience, and I hope I will get another one just like it!