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Mapleton Moments - Year 5 Camp

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Week 7, Term Three, 2019

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A very excited group of 107 Year 5 students left the College bound for QCCC Mapleton, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Wednesday 14 August. Anticipation was high as camp booklets were handed out and they finally got to see who was in their activity and cabin groups.

On arrival, there was no time for rest. Bags were left and they were off to their first activity. Overcoming fears of heights and stomach dropping thrills were all part of the flying fox and giant swing, precision was tested at archery and rock climbing, cold water splashes and ball games were all part of canoeing and team work and creativity were high on the list for orienteering and Eureka. The activities were amazing; however, when asked to pick a favourite the consensus was clear…GIANT SWING! We even had some staff brave enough to harness up and be hoisted 10 to 15 metres into the rainforest canopy by 19 very eager and excited students.

When the sun went down, the fun didn’t stop! Watching Matilda under the stars at the Outdoor Cinema was so much fun and a major highlight was the Thursday night Triballink experience, an indigenous story teller had the whole cohort captivated with stories of the Dreamtime and afterwards toasting marshmallows and drinking lemon myrtle tea (leaves taken straight from the bush) left everyone feeling warm and ready for bed. One thing was for sure, the night activities kept everyone busy and highly entertained.

Year 5 Camp was an incredible experience but we brought home some very tired and exhausted boys and girls – but there is no question…it was the best camp ever!

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