By Year 7 Students, Kayden Baker and Archie Godby
On Wednesday, 26 February, as the birds began to chirp and the sun began to rise, the young Year 7 boys of Waverley College were ready and eager to embark on an adventurous, exciting and somewhat daunting experience – our three day Year 7 Camp.
Without question, every boy was gifted with an incredible experience. At times we were pushed to our limits and often surprised ourselves by what we could achieve. We participated in activities which included: team-building exercises, abseiling down a 25-metre cliff face, a giant swing that swung over the river and tree tops, high ropes, climbing to the top of a mountain for a panoramic view of Sydney, swimming, archery, ga ga ball and also sleeping in tents one night. We also celebrated Ash Wednesday whilst at camp. The food was also pretty good.
These splendid activities stimulated team work, cooperation, optimism and encouragement. New friendships sprouted and some flourished. Support amongst all student groups was noticeable, with many boys conquering their fears and giving everything a go. Through all of these experiences, encouragement and support was given. A sense of responsibility was gained at Diemba Campsite as boys cooked and washed their own dishes, and coped with the abundant flies, mosquitos and other small wildlife. We won’t mention the composting toilets… Some were thrilled and some not so thrilled by our night spent in the great outdoors.
We would like to thank all of the teachers who came on this journey with us. This camp was a great learning experience – fun, interesting, sometimes tough, but overall a great and memorable time for each of us.