camp reflection

Yay! I love reflection! especially when it’s about camp!

But this is compulsory and I don’t loose credits for handing in my homework on time, so here goes..


I learnt that the bridge to nowhere is supposed to go somewhere, and when Caleb got his leg stuck he wasn’t going nowhere. People thought that if they built the bridge to nowhere, people would go somewhere, but no one wanted to go anywhere, because they had another bridge somewhere and they didn’t need the bridge to nowhere.

I also learnt that PEOPLE DIED ON THE RIVER not only from wars on the river but from tipping their paddle boats on the rapids and swimming drunk at night. I do get a little freaked out when people die where I have been paddling. Just a littttle bit.

Lastly I learnt that we paddled 87 km!  87 km!!! that’s like walking to lake Rotoiti… ON OUR HANDS!!!!!! No wonder I got blisters!


I learnt that bandannas don’t suit me and my outer limbs ( feet, hands,noes,ears) get realllllly cold for some unknown reason.

I also learnt that what I put my mind to something I can achieve it, even If I am worried or unsure. I couldn’t give up and that was something that really helped me and challenge me to continue and to finish off what I had started.


I learnt that Aleisha ( even though I wasn’t in her boat) really tries her best at everything she does. She is persistent and doesn’t stop until she has completed her goal to a high standard.


The biggest challenge for me was the freezing nights and the even colder mornings. It was like the arctic, outside and inside (especially when you forget to close the windows outside your tent!!!) The morning swims were worse! It was literally like swimming in ice. And after you got out it was still freezing cold because the water had dissolved into your skin!! The way I achieved my biggest challenge was putting more warm clothes on.


  • food
  • warmth
  • playing Mafia
  • skits
  • food
  • the blue duck
  • the people getting the blue duck
  • sun
  • sleeping
  • beanies
  • people tipping out
  • jet boats
  •  the waves that jet boats made
  • SINGING at the top of my lungs
  • annoying everybody with my singing
  • Marlise threatening to kill me
  • humor
  • and good old food


Well, to be honest I thought camp would be a breeze and it would be easy and friendly. I WAS WRONG. I was so wrong. It tuned out to be a freezing cold, arm breaking,back aching death pit. ( with a little bit of exaggeration)  The first day was cruel, 37 km of paddling! (I was happy it only got easier than that.) but then I found out that we had to lug our horrifically heavy barrels up a steep hill. This pain continued every day. I feel stronger, though, after all this and would’t mind doing it all again another time!!!


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