On the morning of the16th of March, Year 7 left to go to Lake Macquarie Crusaders Camp. When we got there we were all so excited that we rushed off the buses and ran to the hall to meet the leaders. After a quick morning tea the activities began!
Over the course of three days we all did the following activities. These included rock climbing, abseiling, rafting, canoeing, sailing, fishing, and archery.
We also did some really fun night activities. On the first night we did a dance off, boys against girls. To the girls despair, the boys won by one point. Some highlights of this activity was seeing Mr Tatzenko do “scream”, Keele and her air-guitar, Curtis and his fantastic barbie doll impersonation, Ella and Justin doing “robot dancing”, and Annaliese showing us her breathtaking ballet skills.
On the second night we did a slightly more serious game that showed us what it is like to live in poverty. Students were put into ‘families’ of four girls and four boys. We then had to make bags out of newspaper with home-made glue. Each ‘week’ lasted 15 minutes, and in this time we had to make and sell enough bags to be able to buy sanitation, pay rent and purchase food. If this was not accomplished we were evicted from our home (a small tarp) and we would have to go to the ‘bridge’, where we would have to spit in our flour to make glue.
All the leaders were really great and taught us many things that will stay with us forever. Everyone was very sad to leave, but happy to go home and get some ‘real’ sleep.
A special ‘thank you’ to the wonderful staff who made the camp possible.