he Grade 8 boys departed for African Imprint straight after the Remembrance Day Parade on 10 November and enjoyed almost four days of outdoor activity.
The campsite, along the banks of the Sundays River, afforded the boys an opportunity to unwind and go fishing if they wanted to, as well as take part in a number of organised activities such as hiking, obstacle courses, zip-lining, swimming, canoeing and various team-building exercises.
The weather was very kind to us as it can be incredibly hot at this time of year and we were able to complete all the activities in very comfortable conditions. The boys gave an excellent account of themselves and made every effort to participate fully. The activities gave them an opportunity to engage with boys that they do not usually get to spend time with and helped to foster some friendships across the houses. They were also able to hone some of the skills that they will need for outdoor education in the future.
The hike to River Reeds on the third day was the highlight of the camp and the boys enjoyed a delicious braai on the banks of the Sundays River among the orange orchards on arrival. They were also able to swim in the river and have fun on the rope swing during the free time they were given here. Some boys were a little dismayed that they had to hike back to African Imprint, but all of them made a concerted effort to finish the hike and in so doing were able to complete one of the qualifying activities for the Bronze Standard of the President’s Award.
All-in-all this was a fantastic camp and special thanks must go Messrs Orsmond, Tessendorf and Stuart-Watson and Mme Bouwer for their caring and efficient assistance.