Toc H South Australia Inc.

2013 Summer Camp Report

We’re pleased to report on another successful camp – our 2013 Summer Camp disadvantaged children aged seven to eleven years old. We had thirty-eight children and eleven leaders for five days (27-31 December) at the Toc H Campsite in Victor Harbor.

Some of the children were challenging at times, but we got through a jam packed program of fun activities and they all really appreciated the chance to be there.

On the first day.. We traversed Adelaide from north to south picking up children, set the rules of the camp, played some ‘getting to know you’ games, went to the playground at Victor Harbor Primary School, did some craft activities and played some indoor games.

On the second day.. We had free time at the campsite to use the trampoline and bicycles, play lots of different sports and bead some jewelery, made biscuits, painting and decorated bags and candles, played some old favourite games like red rover and traffic lights and made iced biscuits, lamingtons, honey joys and chocolate crackles for dessert.

On the third day.. The Centennial Park and Goolwa Sea Scouts organised a water activities day for us at the Goolwa North Scout Hall and in the evening we relaxed with a movie. The children and leaders went sailing and rowing, built and paddled rafts, steered the powerboats and went canoeing up an inlet. We had a bit of fright when one of the sailing boats capsized, but to their credit the three children overboard overcame the initial shock and kept going the whole day! A big thanks to John Hooper and all the scouts for yet again making this wonderful day possible.

On the fourth day.. We walked down to the local beach to swim in the waves and play on the beach, we were taken by bus to Middleton where we had a go at surfing and bodyboarding and finally we had a dance party to celebrate the last night of camp. Thanks very much to volunteer Annette Hurley for supervising the first beach session and Andy Davoren from Encounter Water Sports and friends for organising the surf lessons and providing all the equipment.

On the fifth day.. We collected all our stuff, packed up the campsite and made the journey home satisfied and tired!

Big thanks to..

  • Our returning leaders Claire Langsford, Jake Alker and Jess Halligan (and Alice Langsford for helping on the second day)
  • Our new leaders Aimee Castrechini, Chanelle Andris, Jack Harrington, Jenny Colosi, Jim de Gregorio, Johanna Boardman, Lucy Burke and Niki Ahluwalia (you were all fantastic and gave the kids the time of their lives)
  • Alan Bell from Genesis Tour and Charter for providing transport
  • Jodi Hanak and Colleen McCloud from Southern Catering Service for cooking up a storm
  • John Hooper and the Centennial Park and Goolwa Sea Scouts
  • Andy Davoren our surf instructor (and campsite manager) from Encounter Water Sports and his volunteers Peter Cahill, Michelle Hunt, Alana Penny, Frank Schmidt and Karen Thompson

Our next camp is our Autumn Camp on 25-27 April for disadvantaged children aged seven to ten years old.

Pat and Dan
Directors of Camping

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