On Monday morning, an excited bunch of Year 11s arrived at the Hope Harbour Marina anxious to begin a camp to remember! After a teacher information session on what we needed to know for the week, our group boarded our house boat, Mist Breaker, settled into our bunks and trundle beds and stocked our kitchen.
Our adventure then began with one person driving the boat and another using maps to navigate our way across the Broadwater. We quickly learnt how to steer (much harder than a car!) trying to avoid sandbanks and other boats, whilst keeping to the correct side of the green and red markers. We took turns driving and navigating while the remainder of our crew sunbathed and played music and board games. Later, we even got to take Mr Davies’ zippy inflatable boat out for a spin.
As we travelled past Sovereign and Stradbroke Islands, we were happy about spotting dolphins, birds of prey and a rather large sea slug, but not about hearing of a massive bull shark sighting. Each day we’d take turns cooking up a storm, making chicken schnitzel, burgers and pasta. Rowing our little dinghy to neighbouring islands was always fun, but quite the challenge! Speaking of which, we managed to get sand banked twice and resorted to digging the boat out of the sand with nothing but our bare hands and bowls from the kitchen!
On the last night before heading home, some of us even enjoyed sleeping out under the stars on the boat’s deck. Nav Camp 2016, our final school camp, was an amazing experience like none other, filled with lots of fun with friends and new adventures.
A massive thank you to Mrs. Hossy for looking out for us all week and Mr Davies, who was always around the corner to rescue us when we needed a helping hand.
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