In case you haven’t seen the post before this, I advise you do, because it gives you an idea of what I am going to talk about.
If you still haven’t bothered to scroll down and read it, I might as well just tell you. In the second to last week of last term, Monday to Friday, most of the year 6, 7 and 8’s went up to Inglewood, Taranaki, to Vertical Horizons camp, and it was sooooooooo fun! Now I’m not going to tell the whole entire camp in 348256034858 posts like I did with my stupid Ski Trip story, so I’m just going to tell you a little bit about each day. Since the camp was three weeks ago, I might miss a few things out because I can’t remember it as well, but I’ll recount it as good as I can. 😀
Day One – Monday
The best part about the first day wasn’t the interesting conversations that went on in the car (although they’re pretty close), but it was in fact getting to the actual camp. Which is actually quite obvious. I went up with Tash, Sara, my mum (who was going as one of the teachers as she is in fact a teacher), and Sara’s dad. We took a morning tea break in Wanganui and a lunch break in Hawera, (and my car had another break in between because Sara, Daniel and their dad wanted to visit their aunty, so Tash and I awkwardly tagged along and bounced on the trampoline for about half an hour).
When we got to the camp, it was basically find your cabin, set up your bed and hang around until the camp manager gathered us. When Paul (the aforementioned camp manager) gathered us, he talked to us a bit about the rules, then we went on a camp tour past the lake, all the ropes courses and activities and across the road into the bush. Ooh. It’s just this foresty walk thing out to this little beach place thing by a river, where there is a glow worm cave and lots of rocks and trees and cliffs, and it’s an awesome little place!
After the camp tour, we played some random tag games with one of the instructors, Andrew, then we all had to get with our colour groups (I was in the blue team!) and organise a few things, such as our chant, the allocating of the team camera, and just getting to know who you were spending most of your time with for the next week. After that, everyone just hung out, played some indoor hockey (which is really fun, and I got whacked in the shoulder with the plastic hockey stick and got a bruise! Yay!), until it was dinner time. Dinner that night was the sausages, and like veges and stuff. The cook, Emma, was an amazing cook, so every meal we had was delicious! Each mealtime we have to sit in either our teams, our cabins, or with our friends, and that night it was our cabin groups. We then had an amazing dessert of apple crumble and custard, which I could hardly eat due to the large amount of sausages I got given when I went up for seconds. Then it was more indoor hockey (which was difficult to play at first because I had eaten so much).
Later that night, we had to rug up warm, and we walked in groups of four through the bush in the dark, down to the little beach place thing that I mentioned earlier, then into the glow worm cave! At first it was pretty pathetic because about two worms were glowing at first, but then everyone quietened down and soon there were at least 40 worms glowing away in the cave. It was pretty cool! Then everyone went and sat down at the edge of the river in silence for about five minutes (it was really pretty – it was dark and a clear night, and the moonlight was shining on the water). Once we had all gotten up and shaken the sand off of our butts, we went for a bit of a walk across the rocky part, and I fell over and my hand got squished between two rocks and it really hurt so I started to cry. 😛
When we got back, we had supper (Milo and a cookie), went into the hall thingy and a reflection time and just saying things we enjoyed about our day, then we all went into our cabins and got ready for bed. After a lot of whinging from some people in my cabin that I shall not name because it would be mean to point them out, because everyone else was talking, we were all fast asleep, really for the next day full of activities…
Day Two – Tuesday
My day started at 3:30am, because one person in my cabin woke up, and soon everyone was talking very loudly until about 4:00, which is when everyone managed to shut up and get back to sleep. We then all woke up again at 7am, which is when we were actually supposed to get up, and everyone had their showers and got changed and did their hair and made sure they had their coloured band (for our teams – we had to have it visible at all times otherwise we would lose points for our team, and losing points isn’t good, as you would imagine.)
At 7:30, the siren went, indicating that is was time for us all to gather in our teams outside the dining room for breakfast. The first team there got extra points, so everyone was rushing to get there first and yell out when the whole team was there. When we were all sitting in our lines, the Orange team, (who were on breakfast) said grace, then we all filed in to eat. We had a choice of rice bubbles, cornflakes, weetbix, porridge or toast! After breakfast, we played a few more games with the instructor Andrew, then it was time to get ready for the day’s activities! My group was on Kayaks first, so we had to get changed into our wetsuits and stuff. There was enough kayaks for everyone but three people, so me, Caitlin and Mary played on the log that went across the lake, and the three wires (which were basically three wires across the water that we had to walk across). Then it was our turn to kayak, and since I had kayaked before, I was paddling around quite quickly, but the others took longer to get the hang of it. 😛 Mr Elms said that I would get 200 points for my group if someone managed to get me fully soaked, which I complained against because the water was freezing! But after I scrabbled around on the ground trying to get away from him, Mr Elms literally grabbed me by the back of my life jacket and chucked me head first into the water, and I SCREAMED. It wasn’t that bad once I was in, but it still was quite horrible. But I got 200 points which was good.
We then got changed out of our wetsuits, then got ready for our next activity, orienteering! It was ok, but four of the clippy things weren’t even there, and the map was difficult to read. We got one and a half courses done though so we at least did something. Once orienteering was over, it was time to get ready for lunch! My team was on lunch, so we had to say grace, but because of that we were first in and got to choose where we sat! We had to sit in teams. Lunch was delicious, it was this really yummy pasta thing, and I had two enormous platefuls, which made me feel blobby afterwards. But it settled down while I was helping with dishes and set up for dinner. There was about an hour until the next two activities, so I spent that playing indoor hockey! Our third activity was the catwalk, which is a horizontal log about six metres off the ground, and we have to walk across it without holding onto anything (we are held up by ropes and a harness though, so if we by any chance slipped, we would just dangle there awkwardly) Andrew gave us some challenges to do while we were on it, and one of mine was do some push ups (I can hardly do push ups on flat ground so it was a bit difficult) and another was to hang upside down on the log with my hands and knees, then let go with my legs (pretty easy, until I then had to let go with my hands, which I was too scared to do even though I knew I wouldn’t fall).
Our next activity after that was the grass karts, which are basically kart things made out of wood and plastic barrels for wheels. After heaving them to the top of the hill, we got into pairs and two pairs went at a time in each kart, rolling down the hill. I had remembered from last time that they were lame and no fun at all, but this time we actually went right to the top of the hill and it was so fun! The only bad thing about it were the screws holding the seats on, they poked into your bum as you went down. 😛
After that, all the day’s activities were finished, so we all went back for some afternoon tea (juice and delicious cake), then it was time for just hanging around, playing MORE hockey, and our teams had to get together to think of two songs and practice them for the campfire that night! After a delicious dinner of hamburgers, it was time, so everyone put warm clothes on, and grabbed their torches, then we all headed over to the campfire, which the adults and some of the boys had prepared earlier. We sat in our teams, and first of all we went around and all yelled our team chants….ours kinda sucked. Despite our practices earlier, it was still a bit pathetic. Oh well. We were going to work on it. Then each team took turns singing one of their songs, Orange team went first, then my team, then red, then orange team again, then us again, then red. By then we had sung about six songs, then it was time for marshmallows! I actually dislike marshmallows, don’t judge me, so I just sat off to the side playing the guitar. My mum and Mrs Burney and a few other people started singing along, so soon most of the camp fire were singing. We went though about three more songs while eating roasted marshmallows (minus me) then the year 6 and 7s had to go back to get ready for bed, but the year 8’s were allowed to stay back for another 20 minutes or so because we’re awesome. Only five of us stayed in the end, so we just sat there talking and playing random songs on the guitar. We then packed up, headed back to camp then got ready for bed. My cabin actually got to sleep fairly quickly, and we had no random 3am gossip sessions this time!
So they were the first two days, it appears that this post will actually take a long time, so I’ll do the next three days in the next post 🙂