Year 7 Camp Reflections

Mill Valley Ranch in Tynong North was an amazing Year 7 camp experience and I had the best time there. It was a great opportunity to make new friends and get to know more about your current ones.

On the first day of camp, we did three activities and on the second, we did a few more. The activities were super fun and even if I thought I wouldn’t like it, I did. The activities that we did were Horse Riding, which was a little nerve wracking at first but was super fun. Raft Building, I heard everyone screaming at how cold the water in the lake was but how fun it was in there at the same time. Crafts, where we made a cute little sewn heart. Crate Climbing, which was soo fun and I think I got the highest amount of crates in my group, although, my shins were really bruised from leaning onto the crates. We also did team activities and the Amazing Race which were both really fun. Lastly, we also did different night activities like the Night Walk and watching a Movie. The night walk was really fun with people being themselves and maybe a little more humor. Plus the beautiful sunset which was sadly covered slightly by the clouds. The movie we watched was ‘Ride Like a Girl’ which was a wonderful movie to watch with half of the year 7 cohort.

The food there was amazing, although I did hear some people saying they didn't enjoy some of the meat, which is also a personal opinion, but I really enjoyed it. On the first day, we only had dinner which was chicken schnitzel, and the vegetarian option was some sort of veggie schnitzel. In the morning, we had an ordinary breakfast but it was still pretty good. On the second day, we had lamb wraps and for dinner we had roast lamb and veggies. On the third day we had the same brekkie and a ham roll although I didn't have the ham.

This was such a great experience and I hope I can do something like this again soon!

Evelyn Downie 7JTD

As I woke to the annoying sound of my alarm, I realised that today was the day I would be attending my first High School camp! A great amount of excitement poured through my body because I would be spending two nights and three days with five year seven classes. The journey to Tynong North was so much fun, even though it felt like I was on the bus for hours.

Finally, we arrived, and were able to eat our lunch, but my stomach was filled with so much excitement that there was no room to eat! During our time at camp, we had so much fun doing activities such as; raft building, the amazing race, crafts, crate climbing and last of all horse riding which overall was by far my favourite!

At camp, I feel like I formed some great new friendships and it taught us all teamwork, compassion and respect towards each other.

Georgie Petrovski 7CT

When I attended Mill Valley Ranch in Tynong North it taught me many things, but the main 3 were Communication, compassion and collaboration. Mill Valley Ranch not only taught me to communicate better, it also helped me to get to know and talk to people I normally wouldn’t.

Raft building would have to be one of my favourite activities as I got to interact with many people in my group and share my ideas. Our raft may not have been the sturdiest, but what made our group so great was the communication we all shared. The way we worked together was incredible. The kind instructor helped us decide which materials to use for our rafts and who would go first.

Overall, I believe this camp really taught us a lot and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go on this camp with all my friends old and new.

Lily Walters 7CT

As we walked up to the horse arena everyone felt so many mixed emotions. Some people were confident in their horse-riding ability and had ridden a horse before, but others were nervous.

Heading into the riding arena we all were assigned to a horse, mine was named Koda. It was eventually time for the first group to hop on their horses. Three kind instructors went around helping each of us get on a horse. I scanned across the room to see challenging obstacles for the horses to go around which looked quite difficult, but everyone seemed up for the challenge! The riding area suddenly filled with excitement as all the horses started trotting around the circuit, weaving in and out of all the obstacles. Some horses were consistently good, others were a little bit frustrating at times, but in the end, they were all a joy to ride.

Overall, horse riding was an amazing experience, one of the best activities that we had on camp with everyone taking away something that they learnt from it.

Chiara Hooley 7CT

Camp, I just cannot explain how much fun it was! The horse Riding, Raft building, I could go on. I will never forget Mr. Tracey waking our cabin at around 6:45am playing the song ‘Heya' on his laptop dancing around. Let me just say I was having a great sleep until that moment.

I feel like I have definitely become quite close to most of my classmates. They are all so nice and kind. Camp is such a great way to form friendships and feel a sense of belonging. I didn't want to go at first and I wasn't very excited, but I actually had the best 3 days of my life. Well so far, apart from getting married and having my kids, but for now I am going to stick to that.

We ended our camp on a high and to top it off my class and I sang on the bus for at least an hour and a half straight. Most of us lost our voice, but it was definitely worth it. I can’t even express how much fun I had. If this is the start of my journey at Sacred Heart College, I just can't wait for what's to come.

Ruby Watts 7CT

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