Campaspe Downs Adventure Camp
We left school promptly at 11:00 am and drove to camp via Daylesford /Tylden and arrived at 12:00 pm.
We were met by our camp guide Matt who showed us around and showed us the ropes.We had 3 huts which had bunk beds and their own bathrooms.Matt organised our activities and was on call for us all the time we were there.After lunch we played some games with him and then set off to the giant swing.
The kids were a bit nervous although some were 'crazy brave' ( Thrill seekers!)
We had at least 3 turns each which makes us very lucky. Large groups usually get only one go.
We then tried our hand at archery and played some games using our archery skills. There were a few bullseyes scored.
After some down time we had dinner at 6:00 pm. Pasta Bolognese, salad, soup, chocolate mousse and fruit. We then played some games with our group leader for an hour ( They played some great games with him and had a fantastic time) and watched a DVD before bed.( We were going to have a campfire but fire restrictions had just started) We went to bed about 9:30 and everyone seemed to be asleep by 11:00. Birds woke me up at dawn and I took a walk around the lake before gradually waking the kids up. We were all up and ready for breakfast at 8:00 am.After breakfast we went to the flying fox. We had 90 minutes there and because there were so few of us they got 6-7 turns each. I was very proud of the effort of my grade 1 girls and grade 2 boy who tried everything and had a great time.We then went to their indoor pool where they had a play before lunch.The bus came at 1:00 and we were back at school at 2:00pm on the dot.
We were lucky with the weather, it looked like it might storm a few times but didn't.
Camp cost just over $1000 for one night and 4 organised activities. The bus cost $500 and sundries about $50. It was a good camp, well organised by the people at Campaspe Downs and enjoyed by the kids. The food was good and there was plenty of it, the rooms were pretty standard for school camps. There are new owners and they have just started a major refurbishment.
Feedback from the kids was positive so we will consider it again for 2015 or 2016.
Some of the adventure type activities might be too 'adventurous' for younger students ( The climbing wall and ropes course look good but might not be appropriate for the younger students.)