Camping has a magical effect on the soul, renewing you and giving you a fresh perspective on life and the world. That certainly was the case with Sancta Maria College’s Year 10 cohort. The camp taught many students how to live life away from the Hussle and Bussle of the city and technology. It was a challenge to learn how to be hands on and communicate with people they never interacted with. Nevertheless, it was an opportunity to figure out new abilities and create new friendships. It rained for most of the trip; but did the rain stop them? No – Running in mud and rain puddles (at 7:30am) certainly gave them a new experience. Think about it? When will people ever get the chance to run through mud? How else would students come together and bond without mutually suffering in the process?
The whole purpose of this camp was to Be Not Afraid. The camp had a series of spiritual moments where students learnt how to cleanse the mind with the movement of water and how different aspects of nature and survival correlate with Jesus’ guidance for us. These were followed by a liturgy in the evening.
“…do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Students were also challenged physically and mentally with activities such as: Bushcraft, Raft Building, Crate Climbing, Rock Climbing and many more. The Talent Show was the highlight of the camp for many – we shared skits, songs, raps and comedy which were all well supported with the winners having written a rap about the unique qualities of the teachers! Year 10 students would like to thank CYC for hosting the group, as well as teachers, parent volunteers, and ex-students for taking the time to make this a wonderful experience. While there may be no Wi-Fi in the mountains, the students found better (longer lasting) connections with each other.
By Joshua de Guzman