School Holiday Camps

September 2009 School Holiday Survivor Camp Review

The September survivor camp started mid morning on the first day and the first task for everyone involved was to create their tent city. Once the tents were up, the group earned themselves a morning tea break and then they were split into tribes. The groups had to come up with a tribe name and create a flag to represent that tribe. The flags created were great.

By this stage the survivors were starting to get hungry, so everyone had to gather their firewood and cook their meat patties on over the open fire. The kids love the open fire cooking on their bbq plates. The next morning they had to cook their bacon & egg muffins too.

The tribes also created great fires at night time, and once the heat died down, they toasted marshmallows for dessert.

The main activities for this camp was fishing, canoeing, raft building, archery and a magnificent short hike through the National forest where students were able to turn over rocks in the creek and catch small freshwater yabbies. These yabbies are actually great bait, but they were all returned to the water as we had plenty of live shrimp for the fishing component.

The fishing was conducted in Quintrex tinnies which are powered by Minn Kota electric motors. The kids love being in control of these boats. They managed to catch Australian bass and the odd banded grunter too, but the highlight of the fishing was certainly the setting of red claw traps. We have only just introduced this activity and the results are getting better all the time. The group caught around 100 good sized red claw.

One of the great things about this camp is that the participants love to help. Everyone has to peel the potatoes, but these older boys volunteered to help cut the potoatoes into chips too.

A point system was recorded all through the camp, both as an individual tally and also as a group once each task was completed. A student from each tribe with the highest person tally from all the tribal council votes participated in an ultimate survivor challenge as the final component of the camp. These activities consisted of hammering in a large tent peg, swim, run, rock hold, quiz and eating red claw in the quickest possible time. Tom, from Churchie, ened up taking the prize for the Ultimate Survivor. It was Tom's 5th Survivor Camp and it was a well-deserved victory. Tom received a fishing rod & reel from L. Wilson & Co, plus a host of other prizes from McDonalds. All the Ultimate Survivor challenges received 100 piece tackle boxes from L. Wilson & Co and a soccer ball or netball from McDonald's. Every participant on the camp was presented with a Sports Tuition survivor certificate and a Never Stop Playing cap, which was also courtesy of McDonald's.

Following are some email testimonials that were received after the camp.

{xtypo_quote} Hi Steve
...All 3 kids talked non-stop about the camp and how much fun they had. My son said it was the best camp he had ever been to and wished it could have been extended for an extra day because he only got to know everyone by the last day. He made a lot of friends and had their MSN contact details written all over his arm.  From what I observed, you and your team were very professional and really dedicated to the kids. I congratulate you and the rest of your team for a job well done and wish you all the best for future camps.
Robert Schwartz {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Dear Steve,
Thank you once again for a very wonderful survival camp! ...He honestly had the best time and is keen to join you again for January Survival camp and also perhaps the ski trip next year.  You enjoy the next few days with your family and friends - you will need it after such a huge group of kids. Once again Steve, thank you for giving these children the opportunity to get down and dirty, be real and have fun.
Kind Regards
Sharon {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Thank you Steve
James had the time of his life on camp. He hasn't stopped talking about the wonderful things that were done.  Thank you for the experience- James will certainly be back.
Kindest regards
Robyn Galvin {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Dear Steve,
I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic time both Thomas and Isobella had at the camp. It was wonderful that they were outside doing "things" instead of the unenviable electronic alternatives! I absolutely loved seeing them soooo dirty. Both of them fell asleep very soon after dinner from sheer physical exhaustion - wonderful. A friend of mine also had a child on the camp (Zac Macfarlane) and she said to me that she hadn't heard him so excited and happy for a very long time. So once again thank-you for such a wonderful camp and fabulous memories.
Kind Reagrds
Jeanette Potts {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Hi Steve
Thank you very much for a wonderful camp. Johannes was extremely tired yesterday and fell asleep within a few minutes after we left. This morning he cannot stop talking. It sounds like he had a great time. The trip via Springbrook was long but as it is such a beautiful area it was not a problem at all.
Kind regards,
Christine Heese {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Thanks for that Steve,
It was a long trip there and back but that's life in Australia isn't it - it's so dry out there.  Kayla had a fantastic time at the camp and we're very grateful your efforts. And yes she was very tired, I think she got a good 12 hours last night.  She said at times it was very challenging but that it made her feel stronger and more resilient to problem solve or just simply cope - there's not much opportunity for that with children these days.  She went into the camp not knowing anyone and came home having made some great friends.
Sharyn and John {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for once again an amazing experience for Anais. To see her so happy was so wonderful. Anais is a princess, so to see her in such a level of filth was amazing. You provide a wonderful camp and need to be congratulated.
Thanks Janine {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Hi Steve,
Matt my son had a wonderful time and although shattered and fast asleep, had many stories. In particular he loved the food and said it was the best camp food ever! That is a huge statement from our Matt as he is very fussy with food. Thank you and I am sure Matt will be attending again in the future.
James and Cindy Perejmibida {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Dear Steve
My little boy has come back a man - what did you do to them!!
Seriously though, he had a F A B U L O U S time and hasn't stopped talking. He is even losing his voice! Enough to say thank you yet once again...
Again, our many thanks.
Carolyn and John Macphail {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Hi Steve
Just wanted to send you a quick email to say thanks very much!
My son and his two friends had a great time and came home very tired but full of lots of stories. The boys can't wait to get to school to show their JPC classmates their bandanna and certificate and tell them how good the camp was.
Thanks again.
Jane West {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Hi Steve
Just wanted to drop a short email to say that our daughter Alex had a wonderful time on camp (her first one). We were exhausted just listening to all of her stories!  Sarah did a great job notifying us of the delay with the bus - thank you.  Our youngest daughter is now counting the days until she turns 8 so she can go on the camps too.
Kind regards
Tasha Hall {/xtypo_quote}

{xtypo_quote} Dear Steve,
Just wanted to let you know that Martha really enjoyed the camp. It was great for her to meet kids from other schools and take part in the activities. She said it was much more fun than any of the school camps she has been to.
Many thanks
Jo {/xtypo_quote}