By Richard Roe | Posted: Monday November 23, 2020
On Sunday 15th November, the final group of Year 10 boys to go on camp this year set off early for Mt Aspiring.
Despite a rain-filled long range forecast, spirits were high. The rain did not arrive until Sunday night, giving us ample time to get all our supplies up to the Lodge and have a good explore around the area. Our first full day was spent in preparation for the overnight expedition, with tent pitching and cooker training, followed by packing up the required gear and heading out just after lunch. With another band of heavy rain due the next day, we didn’t venture too far from the Lodge, but made good use of the fine afternoon to practice river crossing on the way to our campsite. The boys set up camp quickly, then enjoyed their time swimming in the river, cooking their meal and relaxing by a camp fire.
We awoke to steady rain on the tents, with the boys learning that a well-pitched tent does stay dry inside. Packing up and walking back to the Lodge was a good test of character, as well as suitability of wet-weather gear. The remainder of Tuesday was spent inside, with groups competing in table tennis, indoor bowls, and a variety of other games.
Initially the boys found it a challenge to occupy themselves without an electronic device in their hands, but by later in the week it was great to see them getting involved in group games of cricket or volleyball.
The sun came out again on Wednesday, and we made the most of the opportunity to dry out the camp equipment, complete our check of the trap line, and swim at Wishbone Falls. Thursday was kayaking day, with a skill session near the bridge followed by a 4 km run down the river. The boys were quick to pick up new skills and all enjoyed the larger rapids.
I would like to thank my fellow staff (including Year 12 student Jacob who volunteered to come with us) and all the boys of 10S for making this a successful camp. I am sure the boys will benefit from skills learned and relationships made, and hopefully realise they do not need to be so dependent on their electronic distractions.