Each area was separated into their own sub-camps - our Lower Hunter district had about 80 kids. They slept about 4 - 5 to a tent. Each of the 6 or 7 areas had to set up a 'base camp' with activities around the pirate theme - the groups rotated around the bases over the 2 days (with about 1.5hrs on each base).
As a parent helper, my job ended up being helping on our base. It meant I spent about 4.5hrs on the Saturday teaching kids to fold pirate hats, and about 3hrs on the Sunday teaching them how to make a pirate bowling game (we had a session off each day). Plus I helped out around the place whenever I could. I was completely and utterly stuffed by the end of it!
It was all good fun though - and the kids loved it all! I didn't get to see many of the activities, but I know they did things like rock climbing, a flying fox, lots of water games, making pirate accessories like guns, spyglasses & hats, more water games, laser tag and heaps more! They watched a magic show on the Saturday night.
Considering the number of kids there (about 600) it was all very well organised.
|Mess tent where meals were eaten - the cooking was all done by a QM team for our group. The kids were responsible for washing up their own plates etc (note the washing up stand in the foreground).|
|This was our sub-camp - kid's tents on the right hand side and in the middle, leader's & parent helper's tents down on the left hand side.|
|Lining up for meals! With about 80 kids and about 20-30 adults to feed, each meal was a big production line!|
|One of the activities on our base - air powered cannons shooting tennis balls at targets.|