Palm Grove Campsiteby Helen Tristram 21st April 2011
Waikanae School`s, year 6 students went on their annual camp at Palm Grove Campsite, Paraparaumu last week, Wednesday 13th– Friday 15th April.
There were 70 students from 5 classes, with 5 teachers and 8 parents.
Peter Corlett, a teacher from one of the classes said “In the past many children went to groups such as Guides, Scouts, Boys Brigade and the like, and experienced camping out, learnt about bush-craft, and experienced the fun and challenges of a range of outdoor activities.”
“Youth involvement in such organisations has dropped and now largely happens through schools.”
He said “It was great to see the children facing new challenges and encouraging one another to keep going when they got to the hard parts.”
Activities include archery, bivouac making, pitching a tent, making pancakes on a camp cooker, flying fox, confidence course, abseiling, orienteering, water sliding, swimming, and perhaps the most challenging, a low ropes course. On the last
day of camp there is an optional race for King and Queen of the Mountain. This is a gruelling up- hill run to the top of a hill behind the camp. – Those who don`t run, tramp to the top.
“We had a great group of parent helpers who stayed over and assisted by supervising and running activities, as well as the 5 teachers. Even the most challenging activities were monitored so children could do them safely.”
“The students had a very enjoyable time and some great adventures.”
“The food was amazing too, so that added to the enjoyment of the camp and being a local campsite it enabled parents to pop in and see what their children were doing”