This morning the kids helped with creating this design, made from the target that was used for Thing One's shooting practice during a school field trip in October. We're planning to make it into a shirt for the Y6 class. (shhh, it's a surprise!) By now we have sent out a batch of photos from the camp (the same ones here) but with my explanations. I thought it would be good for the boy to tell you about the week himself. (I know it's a bit annoying but I kept the kids name out.)
R's birthday was during camp. The camp cooks made him a cake and we celebrated after lunch!
This is the puku's heart. F has his finger in the aorta, which brings blood into the heart. I did not touch the heart. We got to see and (if we wanted to) touch the different organs -- stomachs, teeth, brain, eyes, lungs, intestines, bladder, etc. The eyes have a reflective part at the back - if you shine a light at night into the darkness and if there are animals....the eyes shine back because of this. (You can sometimes even tell what kind of animal is hiding in the darkness from the colour of the reflection). The dissection was COOL! I had never seen a body's insides. Some things were a bit gross but mostly...it was AWESOME!
Another obstacle in the course was the tunnel....
AHHHHHHHH!!!! The zip line ends in the river - SPLASH!
The camp has a cattle and sheep ranch. We watched the sheep and cattle go thru the 'dip'....they get treated for tics when they go thru it and THEY DON'T LIKE IT! The baby cattle needed help with swimming. There were stairs getting out of the dip. The camps water crazy dog wanted to go into the dip. At the ranch we got to hold lambs (the lambs didn't go through the dip). This is NOT how you are supposed to hold a lamb...like a baby??
A getting his shot gun aim checked before going out shooting. His finger is OFF the trigger.
Here is one of the camp staff with Sydney - we flipped their canoe for fun during our free time! We got to do the zipline, swimming, the rope bridge, and canoeing during free time.
We went net fishing AND pole fishing. We are all fish-kissing for this photo!
(back to mom) this was taken straight off the bus. All the kids were in various states of disarray but this particular child was FILTHY and totally in a daze; he had food and leaves in his hair and dirt and mud all over his face. The funny thing is that when he packed his toilet kit, he made a point of packing this travel pack of Pond's Hand and Face wipes. At the last minute, he took it OUT of the toilet kit and put it in the outside pocket of his backpack instead so he could get to it easily. Apparently...not easily enough! After the hugs, hellos and welcome backs we had this exchange:
MOM: Did you brush your hair at all this week??!
O: I tried to. Once.
O: But I washed it every day!
Seeing how my good friend in college met her future husband on a beach in Fiji because of his hair, I'm this way I am not sure how to respond to this usually messy and annoying fashion statement of my own child.....(which isn't meant as a statement of any sort). My friend met her future-hubby while she was visiting me; they got to know eachother while she brushed the knots and unintentional dreds from his sunbleached nest of shoulder-length surfer locks. He was at the end of a round-the world surf trip and needed some tidying up before re-entering society and reuniting with his family in London. Maybe this is why I have a soft spot for O and his own nest/bed-head? You never know how it could come in handy.
Anyway, one last insight into camp life, a journal entry from day 4:
"Thursday 11th October 2012: We were ready for inspection at 6 hrs. We got 9/10. We were out of the tent in no time at all. We started to do exersizes. Next we had the running race again. This time I came second. The water balloon game was so hard. No team did it.
AAHHH, BACON! Nice cooked bacon for breakfast.
The anatomy lesson was so cool. They cut up a puku.
The canoe race was hard. We got stuck TWICE!
SHOOTING! It was more fun this time because we shot balloons.
At last, lunch. I was SO HUNGRY.
Again, we did the obstacle course. The mud slide was the hardest.
Fishing was my 2nd favourite activity. We had to trap fish in a net. "HA HA - Got you, Fishes!"