I have been going to Tamboritha for our school camp every year since I began teaching 7 years ago. I’ve experienced all types of weather there. It has snowed and been sunny, freezing cold, windy, yet always felt close to nature and refreshing for my spirit. This year, due to flood damage that occurred earlier in the year we are off to the Mornington Penninsula for our year 9 camp tomorrow.
Licola and the surrounding area has suffered from bushfire’s, floods and mudslides in the past 12 months. We were on bushfire alert last year and always have to work around this when we are planning our camps up there. It is a beautiful part of the world and I feel sad we are not able to access it this year.
One of the things I love about camp, is students are removed from mobile phone access, electricity (for some of the time – there are generators at night for cooking and lighting), but no televisions or other gadgets. It’s a real experience for many of them, but surprisingly it doesn’t really bother them. They sit around and chat, play cards, we go for long walks, ride horses and just be with each other.
Sometimes on the way home someone will mention something about what they’ve missed on TV. A message will come though on a mobile and they will have to search for it, having almost forgotten about their ‘life support system’ – they don’t believe they can do without them before we leave.
Most kids look forward to seeing their families and the comfort and luxury of their homes. They appreciate them anew.
I am attending this camp with my homeroom. This class is a fantastic group and I expect to have a very enjoyable time. I hope we can still capture that spirit of enjoying nature and each others company. Now I best go and pack!