School Holiday Camps

September 2006 Survivor Camp Review

Kids Survive & Thrive at Hinze

The school holiday Survivor Camp for 8-13 year olds was held on 27-29 September at Hinze Dam. The students were split into four tribes of 14 and they had to battle each other in reward challenges.

The camp commenced with a family BBQ lunch and once the parents left, it was time for the kids to get to know each other and form tribes and cabin groups. Once the tribes were formed and the students created flags, which represented every tribe member, it was down to the first challenge. It was tribe Vs tribe in a rice making challenge over an open fire. The tribe judged to have made the best rice was rewarded with afternoon tea of biscuits and cordial, whereas the losing tribe had to eat the rice and have water. There were no complaints about eating the rice though, as every tribe did a fantastic job and made great eating rice. The first day also saw the tribes competing in a physical change which was timed. The tribes had to fill a large container until a ping pong ball floated out. They had to run buckets from a creek up an embankment to the large container and pour the water in. The catch was that the container was full of holes, so the students were required to use some initiative to plug the holes. The other task was to run a heavy, long tug-a-war rope through the hiking track of the campsite. Both activities took around 25-30 minutes to complete.

Day 2 was where the fishing component came in. All the students fished the upper reaches of the dam and they had to catch their dinner. Each tribe was given 7-8kg of potatoes, but the fish would be down to them. It is this time of year when the bass tend to move further down each arm of the dam, and since the tribes were fishing as far up as you can go, they didn’t have too much trouble in catching enough fish to feed the group. After I filleted the fish, each tribe was given flour, eggs and breadcrumbs, and each tribal member had to be involved in not just peeling the potatoes, but also breadcrumbing the fillets.

The other activities on Day 2 included orienteering, creek exploration, and shelter building. The shelter had to house their tribal flag and water bomb ammo for a 4-tribal water bomb skirmish the following day. As the weather really starts to warm up, the shrimp and freshwater yabbies become much easier to catch. Most tribes ended up with 70-80 shrimp or yabbies being caught in their scoop nets as they explored the fresh running creeks that flow through the campsite and into the dam. After dinner, the students formed groups of three and set numerous shrimp traps using the bass frames as bait and they were thrilled with their catch the following morning. There were some awesome, large spiky freshwater yabbies caught and quite a few shrimp too. A few specimens were subsequently placed in a large tank in the campsite’s library for all students to observe. So over time, the students had experienced and learned how to catch shrimp and yabbies by hand and also in traps and how to use shrimp to catch fish, so the whole cycle was covered.

All the activities and meals were designed to have the students involved as much as possible. It was important that they were able to take leadership roles and to work together as a team. It was also important that the students spoke to each other in a positive manner because each day there was a tribal council and the students voted in a point system for their fellow tribe members. The final tribal council required the students to vote only for members outside their tribe, so it was interesting to see the students who really went to a lot of effort to get to know others outside their tribe.

At the end of the three days, it came down to four leading students, one from each tribe, who had gathered the most points at tribal council. Each student received a sample bag which contained a Wilson’s cap, Quintrex beanie, SureCatch, LiveFibre and BNB stickers, BNB magazine, Learn to Fish DVD from DPI & F, SureCatch knots book, information guides and glow sticks. The leading tribe over the three days also received caps from Wilsons, Quintrex and Sports Tuition.

In the end, it came down to the final challenges to see who would be the Ultimate Survivor. The final four consisted of two boys and two girls. There were six tasks and each task was awarded 4, 3, 2 & 1 point to the competitors. The first activity required the students to build a fire and burn through suspended rope which was placed through their fire pit. The second, was to roll a 200L barrel down a hill and through to the start of the dam. The third, was to retrieve an anchor which was placed on a float about 50m up the Nerang River. The students had to swim with their lifejacket on and manoeuvre through the slippery rocks and through the weed to gather the anchor and return it to shore. Speaking of slippery rocks, they were involved in the next challenge. The students had to stand on one leg for as long as possible on a rock. We then moved to the creek where it was time to see who could gather a yabbie in the quickest possible time. Finally, it was down to the students’ camp booklets where they had a series of wordles to solve and the first to solve 6 wordles which were selected won that component. When all the points were collated, it came down to Justin who was awarded Ultimate Survivor and the major prize of the Angler’s Choice rod, reel & tackle combo which was kindly donated by L. Wilson & Co.


The Bush Bashers with their catch which would ultimately become their dinner on the Survivor Camp.

The kids kept warm next to this awesome fire during the second night of the Survivor Camp.

Using a tripod and billy, the students had to cook rice as part of the Survivor Camp.