We embarked on a camp/tramp/navigation exercise over the course of three days in the Waitawheta Valley. The course is run by Staff Lee Hawkes who was a our camp leader. My role was as a chaperone but it didn't take long for me to throw myself in "boots n all" along with our students.
Through the course of the camp I got to work with all of the students shown in the photo below and I was highly impressed with the tenancity and perserverance. For many students this was their first experience on such a camp/tramp and it was challenging for them! One highlight for me was my first team - Nellie, Paratene, Ohorangi and Joshua who were as focused as me on being the fastest and the best team through each leg of the tramp!!
A particular highlight for me was when I was checking some of our student's packs to ensure they had everything they needed. Upon inspecting a particular student's pack I discovered shampoo and bodywash. When I asked the student whether these were really essential her response was "of course Miss - I need these things for when I shower". To which I responded "we are sleeping in the bush - there are not showers. Only the river or the rain". Oh, the things our young people learned while on this camp!!
Thanks heaps to Staff Hawkes for allowing me to join him and his class. I was one of the best experiences I have had out the class room in a long while!!