Friday, March 12, 2010

CJ's write up from Camp .....

Wow, PE Cert camp this year was such an experience! We did various fun activities - starting with snorkeling. Our group was first up, we got given a safety brief then were issued our wetsuits. They are SO ugly!! Its like putting on skinny leg jeans that are a size to small – but all over your body. Then we got the flippers, snorkel & mask – which are also ugly. The flippers are super hard to walk in, I feel sorry for ducks. We also got these yellow bandana things to put over our head so the instructors know their group from the other people swimming. That was the worst part of the snorkeling. I would have rather frozen then worn the wetsuit!! Once we were in the water we were taken by the instructors to various points around the island. We saw many beautiful fish, all of different sizes & colours. I was amazed to see how life is underwater. Once we finished, we walked along the rocks back to the beach & had lunch.

Our next activity was the glass boat. We had to take out shoes off & wash our feet before hopping on the boat because they weren’t too keen with the sand in the boat. The driver took us around the island, telling us facts & Maori myths. It was cool to see inside the tunnels but we didn’t go inside because of the ‘taniwha’ & because of the rough waves inside that lept around – making it very unsafe. A lot of the fish were hanging around the boat which was cool because we got to see them close up, without being scared or them swimming away. We also got to see a stingray, which swum up real close but quickly sum away not long after.

Once we got back to camp & were told to go to our cabins, everyone ran like a herd of elephants to get the best rooms. We got our own room; I shared with Sycha, Millah & Rangi. Our group was first to make dinner, we had spaghetti bolognaise. It was fun to make – Sycha & Raven did most of it though. It turned out we didn’t have enough food to feed everyone so our group had sausages & bread. Yayuuur!

Later on that night we did group activities. The biggest challenge for me was the trust fall. I felt like I was falling into my own death lol. It took me ages to finally fall & the adrenaline was crazy. When I fell, I had my elbows sticking out & hit Junior’s chest & Hiko’s mouth. Sorry guys! Haha, not. There were other activities like the electric fence, were you had to get your team to the other side of a fence that was about 1.2 metre’s high, some hula hoop thing, making a skit to perform at Waiwera, charades and making lunch with Mrs Gogo haha.

The next day was he hardest. We climbed a mountain! It was so hard! I’m surprised I kept up without dying or having an asthma attack, jokes. But it is so rewarding once you have the satisfaction of knowing you conquered it & seeing that view. Wow, It was so beautiful. Once we reached our destination we did more activities & went swimming. Our group won. SYKE! We lost, but were still cool. We came back along the rocks; it was so hard for the uncoordinated people (me). It was like 1km of straight rocks. Not cool! Everyone was tired & grumpy. We got a little bit of downtime once we got back to camp before we went off to Waiwera – the best part.

We arrived at Waiwera & everyone sorted racing for the slides. Everyone had found energy & was pumped. The most popular pool was the pool by the slides. All of us were in it – I think people did more posing for photos then swimming!! I didn’t go on any slides – too chicken lol. There’s a spa pool there that’s 40 degrees – no one could handle it! I’ve never seen anyone ever sit in it. For dinner we had a BBQ & potato salad. The potato salad was yum! It had marmite, onion dip, lemonade (sprite) & milk in it! Shot Mrs Gogo! Me & Emilou saved our bananas from lunch & made chocolate narnee’s. Yum. Once we finished dinner everyone (except Mrs Gogo, who watched the movie in the Movie Pool) hopped back into the pool by the slides & continued taking photos & playing on the slides. We were supposed to do our skits but the pools closed an hour early. Dumb!

The next day was the last day. Snow planet. Once we got there, we started fitting our boots & snowboards & took MORE photos haha. When we went in, the instructors taught us basic stuff like turning, stopping & going. It was cool & I fell over heaps – shaming! But no one cared, because they all fell too, I think. Once our turn was over, Mr Madgwick’s class went through & did the same as us while we watched & sat a test.

Overall, the camp was such an awesome experience, filled with tones of memories & photos. Thanks to all the people to contributed in making this camp happen. GROUP 2 WHAT!! Lol.

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