What a Week at Camp Taught Me

Project!DIVE at Moorelands Camp was a different experience for me with more leadership opportunities. I really liked how we got more choices especially for campout.

It excited me that we got the choice to go on a canoe trip. I’ve never been canoeing before so I was super excited when we got lessons before campout. Canoeing is so fun and relaxing. Sitting there with the wind blowing on my face felt simply amazing.

When campout day finally arrived everyone in my cabin was so excited for the adventures that awaited us. We had a short canoe trip to get to our camp site so we took a detour. We canoed for about 30 minutes to a big rock in the middle of the lake. We swam and explored around the rock. We had so much fun.

A little while later, we were told that we were the first Moorelands Campers to swim at the rock. At that moment, I really felt like a leader and I think all my friends did, too. Malta said we can name the rock so we named it “Cauliou Rock.”

After the fun experience, we packed up and made our way to the camp site. We had fun from the start. I could smell our dinner and suddenly got really excited about eating burgers and roasting marshmallows. We had a blast talking and joking around.

I really wish the night didn’t end because the feeling I had spending time with my friends was outright fantastic. It felt good that we were all friends having fun without electronics in the way. Just having fun with the people you care about gives you a great feeling of friendship.

I was sort of scared about campout at first, because we mixed with different cabins. Everyone was really nice from the start. At the end of the night we were all friends and I realized I had nothing to be scared about. It was by far the best night I ever had at camp!”

What Did Camp Teach You?
“I really learned a lot. I learned that we had to work together for the canoe to move. It took us a while to get the hang of working together as a team. We also had to care and respect for the canoes and ourselves, making sure we were doing things safely.

Responsibility had a big part to play in camp out. We were responsible for our self. We had to also make sure we were not putting others in danger by not following the rules.

We also had to be trustworthy. If we were the first campers to go to Cauliou rock, that means that we displayed trust because they trusted us to show our respect, responsibility and caring.” – Elsie, age 14, week 5 and Project!DIVE camper

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