On Wednesday, February 14th, I left to camp with most of my grade. At first, it didn’t look so great. But as we explored, it turned out to to be one of the best places I had ever been to!
First, we got on the bus with our luggage in the trunk. The seats were very comfortable. It was no ordinary bus though, it had cupholders, seats that go back, and armrests, unlike the buses at our school, which have leather seats covered in polyester. These buses were touristic buses, which are big and safe.
When we arrived at the mangroves, we got divided into groups. Each group had an instructor. My instructor was the best! Her name was Marina. She was from Spain. After we got divided into the 5 groups, we started our first activity, Crab Catching.The activity lasted for about 45 minutes. We ended up with 3 crabs. One yellowish orange and two purple. We even named the purple crabs Charles and Joseph, and the orange crab Charlie. To catch the crabs we used small, green nets. After we finished, we let the crabs go, of course. Later, we ate lunch under our tent in the mangroves. They had burgers, biscuits, apples and potato chips. After lunch, we had another group challenge. The scavenger hunt. The winners would get dinner first that night. We were hoping to win. Unlucky for us, another group won. As I remember, they were the Ickle Pickles. Not to mention that our group was called The Mad Crabs. I liked our chant the most though. At first, Marina would shout, Who likes the mangroves! Then we would respond, we we we we we like the mangroves! In the rhythm of the song, Who Let The Dogs Out! I really enjoyed the mangroves.
After we finished, we hopped back onto the bus and drove to camp. The drive there was only 1 hour and 15 minutes. Compared to the ride to the mangroves, which was 2 hours and a half, that ride was nothing! When we reached to camp, we dried off and got to experience something that most campers don’t get to see, the camels at the campsite gave birth! The baby camels were white, unlike the big camels who were dark beige. We also studied camel poop, and how it was dry because the camels keep the water they have in their bodies. marina also opened the poop up so we could see what the camels ate. We found grass, plants, and seeds. After that, we went back in to change and have free time. In free time, I played soccer with my friends. After free time, we went to have dinner. The dinner was chicken wings, noodles, and rice. The food was delicious! After dinner, we went back to our dorms to unpack and change for the campfire. So I went in to change into my PJs. Soon, we headed to the campfire, which was outdoors. At campfire, we sang songs, told riddles and jokes, played games, and did a talent show.
After the campfire, we headed to our dorms to brush our teeth and pack our bags with the stuff we didn’t need for the next day. This was so we could put our bags in the bus the next day right after we changed and got ready for the day. We also got our sleeping bags ready for sleeping time. After 30 minutes, we turned lights off and went to sleep. At that time it was about 9:30 pm.
The next day, I woke up at 5:45 due to the noises that were coming from the AC. At that time only 2 people were awake. So I started dressing up and putting sun lotion on. But most importantly, I finished packing my luggage and day bag. At 6:15, everybody was awake. So we all packed our stuff and sleeping bags and were on our way outside to put our bags next to the buses.
When we finished with the bags, we had breakfast. It was the best! I had 3 boiled eggs, 1 bowl of cereal, and a piece of toast with strawberry jam.
Then, we were divided into 4 groups. This time we changed instructors every activity or two.
First, we went sand boarding. Which was awesome! Then we went to a place where we learned how to make a fire with flint and steel, cotton balls, and different sizes and shapes of wood. Later, we went to the high ropes course, which had 3 floors. Of course I chose the highest one, the third floor. It had four planks of wood lined up in front of each other with gaps in between them that were attached to the rope on top of them by two ropes each. I was nervous, but I made it in no time at all. After that activity, we did an activity called Tracks and Traps. There we had to identify animal tracks and find animal burrows. Then we would place the traps in front of the burrows. We didn’t keep the traps because, if we caught a bug in the pitfall trap, which was a bucket in a hole with a biscuit in it, a bird would eat it and leave. Also, if we caught a rodent in the normal trap, then the metal it was made of would get hot and burn the rodents’ feet.
Then, we took a group picture and had lunch. Which was pasta and red or white sauce with potato chips along with bread and hummus.
After that, we got back onto the bus and drove back to school. There, I was welcomed by my mom. I was really happy to see them again. It was a great moment!
I loved camp and I am really, really looking forward to the Marine Camp next year, in grade 5!