Ah, Nelson… Cold, cold, cold Nelson. The Nelson which was our home from the 10th-14th of October.
Camp Rotoiti was, how can I put this, amazing. For homework, well overdue homework, this week we are all supposed to write a paragraph on how camp was. I’m most likely going to be writing way more than a single paragraph… Yes, I’m a rebel. I’m going to do my best to write a somewhat detailed recount, more so summary, of what I did each day and how fun camp was! I’m mainly writing a long recount because i’m more than slightly board.
Day 1: Traveling, Arriving and Settling In.
I can remember the excitement of waiting to board the ferry. Everyone was being so loud and talking at the top of their lungs out of excitement for the school week of amazingness that was ahead of us. As we boarded the ferry and took our sets we couldn’t stop talking about what the campground might look like, what we were going to do, who runs the whole place? The 3 hours were passed by quickly by talking, playing cards, looking at the awesome view, and of course, eating.
As the ferry was docking and we started to disembark I took in the atmosphere and actually fully realised how excited I was to finally be in Nelson, well Picton… We still had about 2 hours of traveling via bus to actually get to Nelson. The views on the bus ride were amazing and we passed time by singing ‘100 Bottles of Wine on the Wall’ and talking, a lot of talking. When we finally arrived at our destination we all had to assemble a line and unpack all the bags from the bus. Once we did that we went inside the building, which was actually really nice and very well maintained, and sat down. The owner of the place, Russell, came and talked to us about the lodge and rules and all that stuff. Then we were introduced to the instructors. After this the fun started to begin…
As soon as the teachers said we could go up and explore our cabins everyone got up and ran to the stairs. A set leading to the tower. And one to the dungeons. I’m going to let you guess who slept in the tower. As soon as I got into the cabin I set up my bed and unpacked my stuff kinda neatly into the cute little cubby holes available in our room.
After we sorted out our cabins, my group and two other groups went on a small walk around the lake, well it almost turned into a day track since we accidently kinda took the wrong path… The one time Aaron is right we don’t listen to him.
For dinner that night we had burgers that were really good and we had apple crumble for dessert, I think, my memory isn’t the best out there. I can’t remember too much of what we did in the evening, but I knew I had to get at least a few hours of sleep, for I had to go on a 5 hour walk the next day. We talked for a while, had a bit of a sleep talking interruption, then went to sleep at a time i’m not going to mention because of the teacher that will be reading this…
Day 2: A Walk that Nearly Killed Us
I wake up to the sound of Bri’s alarm on her watch and start to get ready for the long day ahead. I change and then wait for the breakfast call. We talk and eat breakfast then groups 4,5 and 6 get ready to go on the day walk to Whisky Falls. Andrew, one of the parent helps, drives us to the start of the walk and then we begin the next hours of torture. On the way there it was pretty quiet, for me at least. I slipped a couple times and half fell into a stream… But the views were pretty and we were rewarded greatly when we reached the waterfall. We ate our packed lunch of rolls, chips, chocolate and fruit while looking at the beautiful misty blue of the falls. There’s something about eating something next to a waterfall that took you 2 and a half hours to get to that’s satisfactory. Like you’ve achieved something. The walk back was more eventful with more lively talking and some shouting.
When we drove back to camp we told the other groups what we did and had some chillax time before dinner. For dinner we had butter chicken which was really good. We also had jelly and ice cream for dessert, I think.
When we went up, to our cabins to sleep I tried to stay up and talk, but the walk knocked me out and I was asleep by 10:30.
Day 3: Group Initiatives, Low Ropes, Flying Kiwi and instructors singing PPAP?!
Today it was promising to rain. Unlucky groups 1,2 and 3, who still have to go on the long walk today. But it wasn’t entirely lucky for my group. We had to do team activities in the rain, which actually wasn’t that bad. The first activity we did, we had to stand on a log and swap our whole team over, if that makes sense. The next activity was Skis, where we had to group into fives and move on two big wooden ‘skis’. The last activity, we had to balance our whole group on this big wooden seesaw platform. I think this is the activity our team excelled in the best. After the activities we went inside for morning tea. After morning tea everyone gathered outside to get to our next activity. Sometime around here Ross (our groups instructor) started singing the Pen Pineapple Apple Pen song… Long story…
The next activity that we did was Flying Kiwi. An activity where your team pulls on a rope and you get suspended in mid air. It was amazing. It really does feel like you’re flying, with all the people below looking smaller than usual, and the beautiful view of the lake. There are a few different things you can do in the air. You can run around in a circle before you get pulled up and then when you’re ‘flying’ you’ll spin around in a circle. Or you can try run towards the people pulling you and then you’ll start swinging. Or the most boring option is to just stand there and get pulled up. It took a while to get through everyone, but it was really fun! Then we went in for lunch where we had Frankfurters, which were really good.
After lunch we went back outside and headed towards the low ropes course. According to friends in other groups, this was one of the more, boring activities. Not for our group. Our group, the group that instead of saying supporting words of encouragement, we sing “Someones gonna die tonight!” and when they reach the so called tipping point singing “It’s the final countdown!”. It was and interesting session…
When the other groups got back from the walk there was a lot of complaining, a lot. But they got over it. After we at a dinner of, something I can’t remember, mac n cheese, I think. And having something, which again I can’t remember, for dessert. Then we got changed and settled down for a movie. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. When this movie finished we started watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Day 4: Mind Boggling Questions, Animal Survivor and Spotlight!
As we wake up, it sinks in. This is the last whole day on camp. Well better make the most of it. We eat breakfast then settle down to figure out some brain teasers in our groups. It took a while but my group managed to finish it. Most likely with poor results. Today was a chill day. We played capture the cone and this game which involved a lot of water and getting case 1 hypothermia,. I’m not going to expand. Thankfully there was a hot lunch of pizza waiting for us. After the two activities we had some chill out time where we played cards, talked and sang along to the music playing from my spotify account. After this the camp instructors organized a fun camp game called Animal Survivor. Animal Survivor is pretty much The Hunger Games with four different categories and you are only able to kill people who are in a lower category than you. It was really fun even though it resulted in a lot of scratches on my legs.
For dinner that night we had spaghetti bolognese and really nice chocolate cake. Then we settled down to continue watching Harry Potter. About half way through the movie, the teachers asked who wanted to go out and play spotlight. Almost everyone put their hand up. Spotlight was so fun, like The Hunger Games by night! It was really intense when someone with a torch was shining a light on you, even though you were concealed by the bushes. Finally when the game was over we all went up to our cabins to go to bed. The boys in the cabins below us were really loud, we could almost make out what they were saying, almost. I heard something about dreams and football… We talked for a long time before finally sleep pulled us into the land of dreams…
Day 5: The end of an amazing week
hn we woke up sadness pulled us out of our beds. This is the day we were going to leave Nelson. Oh what a great time we have had on camp this week, we all think. Wishing that camp could be forever. We walk downstairs and eat breakfast then settle down on the carpet as Russell gives us our jobs. Our cleaning jobs. My group had the amazing (not really) job of cleaning ALL the girls cabins. Well at least that’s better than the bathrooms… When we finally finished we helped pack all the bags onto the bus and thanked the parent helps and instructors, oh, and the teachers, of course. Then we got on the bus that was going to take us to the ferry. When we arrive we have to wait a while in the terminal for the boat to be ready. Then we start to board
Lets just say that on the ferry back it was a… interesting ride. Very interesting. I’m going to leave the information to just interesting. My friends and I got a window seat and sat down to enjoy the view. Only to realise that in about 3 hours we will be back in Wellington. We make to most of the ride. Talking, walking around the boat, getting to know people from the other schools. Talking to people from our school. Watching Sam, Levi and Sean fail at busking even though they somehow managed to get money. It was a good but interesting ride back.
When we arrived at the Wellington terminal I was happy and sad to be back. Happy that I could go home and sleep in my own bed, but sad because camp was over. Well I have a band performance the next day to worry about. I’ll get over it soon…
I hope you liked my camp recount and please comment if you have anything you want to add about camp!!!
Wow, 1903 words…