For camp week 2018, 47 Year 10 students, accompanied by Mrs Story, Mrs Ellis, Mrs Greaves, Mr Meers and Mr Parsons, headed up north of Sydney to undertake a pleasant hike along the Great North Walk from Mt Kuring-Gai to Berowra.
Students walked in self-selected groups of roughly the same size, based on the speed at which they wished to tackle the 13km-long hike. They were accompanied by the teachers and experienced guides from The Collaroy Centre. All students were required to carry their own backpack, with reduced camping equipment. The more energetic teams took part in challenges and games, both en route and at Crosslands Reserve campsite, where they spent the night. Despite the inclement weather, mercifully the rain held off whenever we were outside our tents, and we were even able to enjoy a campfire, despite a woeful lack of marshmallows!
Students enjoyed both the challenge of exploring their personal boundaries in the bush as well as the opportunity to interact with members of their year group beyond their usual circles. Navigating Town Hall station on Thursday morning with full packs during the morning rush hour, a night with temperatures close to zero and the staunch climb out of the campsite on Friday morning are experiences which will, perhaps, be remembered less fondly than the hours spent on the swings at the campsite!