40 odd Year 6 kids and parents spent a fantastic weekend last weekend down in Dwellingup on the Year 6 Camp. Here’s a rundown of the weekend from Jackson Ballardin
On the weekend, the year 6’s headed down to Nanga Bush Camp 10km past Dwellingup for a weekend of fun, fitness and a tiny bit of footy.
The first night, everyone arrived and found their bunks. We then had a delicious dinner of burgers. We had a fire and a game of PRISON RULES basketball.
The following day, we were banged awake by the clashing of pasta pot lids at 6am for a warm-up of running, swimming in rapids and barefoot sprinting on pea gravel. We were then welcomed back by a nice hot campfire and hot chocolate.
We then headed to the Marrinup mountain bike trail where we were split into 6 groups. The 8km trail took approximately 1 hour to complete. We then headed off to the Dwellingup oval to have a full size oval scratch match followed by delicious buffet- style sandwiches and hot roast chicken.
We paddle 6km up and down the Murray river in a range of different kayaks and rafts. This was a fun experience with lots of paddle water fighting.
That night, we had a barbecue of snaggers, steak and leftover burger patties.
We had a Quiz night with the legendary MC and storyteller Phil George. Two teams had to go through four sudden death questions and a dads plank-off to determine the winner.
Phil told us the spooky story of the White Gum Lizard Man by the campfire, who had recently been sighted in the near vicinity. Apart from the 50 bags of chocolate shared out, everyone was out cold by 10 o’clock.
Sunday included another 1 hour warm-up and a huge breakfast with 160 eggs, 200 pieces of bacon, 6L of orange juice, 100 pieces of toast and 8 boxes of cereal in total shared between the 80 dads and kids there.
We packed up, went home and crashed exhausted.
Overall it was a great bonding experience for us kids and I’m sure the dads liked it too.
Jackson Ballardin, Yr 6 Black