(Mr Louw, our current Grade 7 educator, who joined the learners on the camp, sent this report:)
Day 1 went pretty well. There was one teacher per school. The
excitement built up as we were on our way and finally reached the camp
at about 11:15. We were all shown our dorms and put our belongings down
then went straight to the hall. Here Mr. Lappies spelt out the rules of
the camp and the kids were divided into 6 groups with 6 kids per group.
We then went to the beach where the kids played in the water a bit then
were asked to create a logo and song for their group (pics to follow
Points in the form of beans were given to the winner and all other
teams. Dried beans are awarded as prizes and for courtesies done by
kids. Bean points will be added at the end of the camp and winners and
prizes will be chosen. This helped tremendously with the discipline of
the kids. No incidents to report to date and their behaviour has been
examplary. We then walked back to the camp.
We changed clothes and were
ready for the reptile show. It was really fascinating. We saw lizards,
frogs and lots of snakes both venomous and harmless. And oh yes the
albino python which weighed 45kg (still a baby) and was about 6.2m long.
We were allowed to touch most reptiles and some pics were taken. After a
short 10 min rest we went back to the beach area where the groups
competed with each other in a mini olympic games. Again beans were
awarded for the winner and subsequent teams.
At about 18:15 we enjoyed a
hearty supper. We had speghetti and mince, battered fish and pickled
(ingelegde) fish. After a short rest where kids had free time to play
ball games, after sunset we were back in the hall for a DVD show about
our environment. The last activity for the night was a night hike. It
was lights out soon after our return.
Day 2 holds more excitement with
an early start of about 6.00am ending off with group concert and poitjie
kos competitions ...