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Mapleton Moments - Year 5 Camp

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Week 7, Term Three, 2017

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Our 104 very excited Year 5 students set out of the College, Tuesday 15 August, bound for QCCC Mapleton, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Anticipation was high as camp booklets were handed out and they finally got to see who was in their activity and cabin groups; parents could hear the cheers from the inside the bus and their smiles could have provided enough energy to power the bus, the whole way.

On arrival, there was no time for rest. Bags were left and they were off to their first of 11 activities. Overcoming fears of heights and stomach-dropping thrills, were all part of the flying fox, giant swing and glider possum. While precision was tested at archery and rock climbing, cold water splashes and ball games were all part of canoeing. Team work and creativity were high on the list for bush skills, team initiative, low ropes, Eureka and orienteering. Students couldn’t pick a favourite, they were all too good! The staff also loved participating in the activities, particularly the thrill seeking ones.

When the sun went down, the fun didn’t stop. Whether it was telling stories around the camp fire, watching Boss Baby under the stars at the Outdoor Cinema or cheering our Year 5s' Got Talent contestants, one thing was for sure, the night activities kept everyone busy and highly entertained.

The food was delicious with many students going for seconds at each meal time. The meals definitely provided everyone with the energy to get through our busy days.

Year 5 Camp was an incredible experience but we brought home some very tired and exhausted boys and girls – we were all very grateful for some R&R that weekend!

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