Duke of Edinburgh Practice Camp
Last week the Duke of Edinburgh students braced the cold weather and completed their practice camp. This camp was held in the lead up to the qualifying camp at the Grampians in October. The students had been learning about camping, cooking, risk management, bushwalking and rock climbing and this camp was a great opportunity for students to apply what they had learnt in class. The duke students started their camp with a full day first aid course that especially focused on the type of first aid needed in the bush. Students were especially interested in the treatment of a snake bite and the how to tie a sling. Once the course was complete students then moved to the oval where they set up their tents and prepare for the cold night ahead. I was impressed with the students’ ability to set up tents and their trangia safety, however some of the dinner options including spam did not look to appealing to me. After dinner we bused to Cliffhanger indoor rock climbing centre, this was really fun and we were able to identity some natural rock climbers. I myself was a little sore after using some arm muscles I hadn’t used in a while, I know some of the students felt the same.
After a cold but dry night it was an early rise for breakfast and pack up, this was very smooth except for some burnt pancakes. I guess pancakes on a trangia may not be the best choice for the next camp. Day two of camp was a bit of an adventure as we walked the 10km circuit through Werribee Gorge. The rain was fairly kind to us with only a few brief showers the sun was even out for most of the day which was brilliant. The students took a lot of photos of the view and had fun telling stories and singing songs as they walked. I hope they bring this same positive and adventurous attitude when we tackle Mt Staplyton in October. I think there were a lot of tired students after this camp, this was evident in the number of students asleep on the bus ride back to school.
Moving on from this camp the duke students will do a three day camp in the Grampians. I hope they learnt some things from this camp and can adjust what they bring slightly to make camping even more enjoyable. A big thank you to all the staff who helped on this camp, it’s not easy spending time away from your families but events like this cannot happen without you. A big shout out to Mr Moden, Miss Cook, Mr Drummond, Mr Chau and Mr Hand.
Ms Claire Breed