Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Camp Diary


By Jayden E
(A copy of what Jayden wrote for his first day on camp. Photos selcted by Mrs Zambazos. To see Jayden's original entry see Jayden E)

I woke up at 4:00am and went back to bed for 2 more hours.
I got ready for camp/school by 7:30am. At 8:15 me, my mother and my sister left for school.
8:30am I get to school (finally).

I don’t know time we got on the bus and left the camp but I saw Janelle waving to me when we went on the bus to go to camp.
Me, James, Jack and Brooke sat together and had a very interesting conversation on the way there.

The conversation was about our fears and dreams.
We also went on a trip down memory lane. Some of it was good but others, not so good.

When we got to camp we got our bags and put them into our cabins and got our lunch box and sat down and had our morning tea.

 When we were finished having our morning tea we went to put our lunch box away and got our beds ready.
We went back outside the main hall.

 The parents their activity groups together and did an activity together.
My group went to the bush first.
The activity we did was called shape search.
In shape search you had to find shapes nature made.
When we were in the bush it started to rain.
Luckily it wasn’t very hard until we got back to camp.
We were really lucky.
We had to draw the shapes we saw in the bush.

When we were finished me, Charlie and George played with the dominos.
Then the teacher told us to pack up and go to our cabin’s to get our lunch and sit down and have our lunch.

After we’ve had our lunch we sat down and talked to people quietly.
After lunch both classes went on a bush walk. By the time we got back it was afternoon tea time.

So Mr Davis told us to get a cup from our cabin and come back.
When we came back there was so much good food there.
After afternoon tea we did another bush walk. By the time we got back tea was ready. Tea was a Barbecue. I had sausages, coleslaw, Potato, Potato Salad and pork.

After tea we washed and rinsed our plate, cup, knife and fork. We took them back to our cabin and brought back with us a beanie, a torch, and rain coat. We sat down in our activity groups when we got back.

Then we went to see the glow worms. We went up a no exit street. But I saw a pathway through 2 bushes.
The pathway ended and there was a stream with rocks in It.
We had to test our parkour skills there!
Some glow worms were green, some were blue.
But most were blue.
Some people were shining their torches at the glow worms.
We all walked back to camp.

Mr Davis told us “Go get a cup and come back to the main hall. We are going to have supper”
Supper was left over’s from afternoon tea.

After supper the boys went to get changed, brush their teeth and go to bed.
When I finished I went to my cabin and tried to go to sleep but Mr Davis opened the door and said “You boys ready for bed?” we said “Yes.” Mr Davis replied “I’ll come back in 1 minute to turn the lights off.”

I fell asleep by the time he got back.

Camp Rangi Woods

Wednesday- By Jack

(A copy of what Jack wrote for his first day on camp. Photos selcted by Mrs Zambazos. To see Jacks original entry see Jack)
Jack and his Dad

When I got to school today walked into the class and helped put the sports equipment into Mr Osborne’s truck. Then we took our bags and headed of in the bus I sat by Jayden E we talked with James and Brooke.

45 minutes later we were there we got our bags and dropped them of at our cabins I was in cabin 2 then we got our morning tea and sat down and had it then we set up our beds I was with Robbie, Pumadu, Andrew and George.

Jack and his Dad on camp

Then we got into our Activity groups and went of for a bush walk to find things that start with the letters of the alphabet then we came back and saw this tree fall down then we went for another walk to find stuff that are crocked, chewed and stuff then we got back and did some Activity’s I played battleships with Robbie.

Then we had lunch then we went for another bush walk with the whole camp then we came back and had afternoon tea I had a biscuit then we then we went to the park and saw big tree as tall as a department building then We saw a tree stump being pulled down then we went on the pay ground and came back and did our camp book.
Jack's Dad Mr Osborne

Then had dinner and I had 5 sausages then we had an ice cream.
Then we went to see the glow worms I have been here before they were buitufull then we came back for supper we got milo and a biscuit It did not taste like milo though and then got ready for bed and went to sleep

Monday, November 21, 2016

Camp Rangi Woods  
by Mrs Zambazos

On Wednesday 16th of November I took all of my belongings and put them on the bus. We left school at about 9.30 am and got to Camp Rangi Woods at about 10.30am.

At Camp Rangi Woods we unloaded the bus, took our gear to our cabins and then had our morning tea.

After morning tea we went to our cabins and set our beds up. I was in the Leaders Hut. I unrolled my sleeping bag and put it on my bunk bed. I put my pillow on my bed and then went and checked the toilets out! 

By the time I had set my cabin up it started to pour with rain so I found my raincoat and herded everybody inside to the main hall. Mr Davis and I gave the camp books out and sent everyone back to their cabins to fill in the activity group’s success criteria and cabin rules

Here are some examples
Activity Groups
|We will be successful in our activity groups by
- listening to the parents
- following the rules
- sticking together

Cabin Rules
- There will be no fights
- Keep the noise level down
- Keep the cabin clean
- Let others sleep
- We will be kind to each other
- We will have fun

After we had worked out our cabin rules we came back to the main hall for our lunch.

After we had our lunch it was time to start our first lot of activities.

Activities we did
Crocodile Walk
Crocodile Walk

Fern Frolic
Fern Frolic

Tree Friends

Shape Search
Shape Search

Overcrowded Island
Overcrowded Island
Bush Housie
Bush Housie

It really poured down with rain while we did these activities but we were protected a lot from the rain by the bush.
After we did these activities it was time for afternoon tea. We had some really yummy home baking.

We then went for a walk with Mr Davis leading at the front. I was at the back, we walked up the gravel track to the main entrance and Mr Davis talked to us about walking on the road at night. We sent two of the Dads off to check out the glow worm track.

We walked back to the new playground. We watched a tractor knock a big dead tree over and then we got to play in the playground for a little bit. We then walked back through the bush, the track was quite muddy.

We stopped at the chapel – this is where there is a huge rimu tree in a small clearing with seats – we looked up into the trees and listened to the sounds of the bush. By this stage the dads had caught back up with us and told Mr Davis that the glow worm track was looking good.
Here is the Wood Pigeon that I saw on camp

When we got back to camp we went and did some of our Camp Book while the parents got our tea ready.

We had sausages, potato salad and lettuce salad.

After we ate this we had ice creams in a cone which we ate outside. It was really yummy.

We then went and got our torches, our rain coats and our shoes on, we were going off to see the glow worms.

It was a long walk to the Glow Worms. We had to walk on the road first, we had a ute at the front and a ute at the back. We used our torches to help us see the way. Going over the bridge in the dark was really strange, you could hear the water rushing beneath you, but you couldn’t see it.

We had to walk down a bush track to get to the glow worms. We had to walk through a small creek, over rocks and stones, over logs. It was hard work by torch light, but the parents helped us all.

We could see glow worms on the side of the creek bank all the way to the big cave like area where there was thousands of glow worms, it was amazing. Think of all that light coming from one small insects back side!!!!

It was even darker walking back, we really needed our torches and the track seemed to go on forever. Finally we got back to camp, we had our supper and then it was time for bed.

Everyone was really excited and that made Mr Davis and Mrs Zambazos’s job off getting everyone off to sleep harder.,