Year Nine camp is held at the beautiful Noosa North
Shore Retreat. How many school students can say that their camp accommodation
consisted of two bedrooms, ensuite cabins, with kitchen and living room
facilities? At least 150 Xaverians
can! With meals prepared by qualified
chefs, activities provided by Total Adventures and great friends to spend time
with, there’s everything to love about camp – except coming home on Friday.
Highlights of the week included surfing at Noosa
North Shore, indoor rock climbing at the Noosa Recreation Centre and Minute to
Win It activities on the first night.
Students learned how to start a fire with a flint and forest debris and
how to row a canoe without going in circles.
Finally, the height activities are always challenging for a few students
and great fun for everyone. This year
students were asked to build a crate tower out of milk crates and see how high
they could get before collapsing, to fling themselves off the “pamper” pole,
and to swing to great heights on the giant swing.
Year Nine camp is considered a stepping stone
between the relative comfort of Year Eight camp, and the wilderness experience
of Year Ten. Although we had it awfully
cushy this year, the fantastic attitudes and “can-do” spirits of the current
Year Nine cohort leave me in no doubt that they’ll be more than ready to take
on anything thrown their way next year.