TOAD Camp Wrap!

Read what some of the par­tic­i­pants had to say about their expe­ri­ence, 15–18 Jan­u­ary (pho­tos and video below!).

2018 TOAD Camp, wow! I had no idea what to expect when I signed up, but it turned out to be an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence I’ll nev­er for­get. One of my high­lights of over the four days spent on Rot­tnest was ‘skit night’. All six camp groups had to come up with an orig­i­nal skit to per­form to a pan­el of judges. I was lucky enough to be cho­sen for the award of Best Actor and received a drink bot­tle signed by three iron per­sons! Anoth­er one of my favourite moments was the Great Rot­to Race. This con­sist­ed of your camp group going around var­i­ous loca­tions by fol­low­ing clues and com­plet­ing wacky chal­lenges along the way, some of which includ­ed bark­ing into the radios, danc­ing in the street, water­mel­on Tai Chi and R&R. I also real­ly enjoyed vis­it­ing Lit­tle Salmon Bay and the Basin, where we went snorkelling. There was an abun­dance of sea life and the floor was lit­tered with shells! A trip to Rot­tnest would also not be com­plete with­out a Quok­ka self­ie!

It was very sad to leave as I had made some great friends and had par­tic­i­pat­ed in an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence. I’d like to thank Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club for allow­ing me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in the 2018 TOAD Camp.  You have allowed me this chance to have an unfor­get­table life expe­ri­ence, learn­ing new skills and forg­ing some new friend­ships.  I am very grate­ful and thank you.

Writ­ten by Jake Bat­tle

On Mon­day morn­ing our par­ents dropped us off at the Fre­man­tle North­port Ter­mi­nal, ready for an epic week in Rot­to! As Mitchell, Jake, Zara and I (Har­ri­et) col­lect­ed our shirts and hats we went to find the peo­ple we knew. When we spilt into groups we start­ed to get a bit ner­vous as we knew few to no one in our group. On the fer­ry every­one joined each oth­er in their clubs which was a kind of com­fort zone. When we arrived in Rot­to, the days fol­low­ing were look­ing pret­ty grim. It was pour­ing with rain and we still had to make it to the bar­racks! After a bite to eat, we trekked for what seemed like hours through the rain until we reached where we would stay for our time on TOAD camp. After wring­ing out our clothes and an attempt to dry off, we set up our dorms. After din­ner we did our first intro­duc­tion to our Radio oper­a­tors course. Every­one was real­ly tired… we even caught some peo­ple falling asleep dur­ing the course! We all slept real­ly well that night.

On day two, we rolled out of bed and into our bathers for morn­ing fit­ness. Although every­one was dread­ing it, it wasn’t too bad and we were glad we got to do it on the beach rather than run! After scoff­ing down our brekky, we head­ed to the bike hire… Hir­ing 76 bikes for a group of teenagers is no easy task! We had only rid­den a km when not only peo­ples bags were fly­ing off the back of their bikes but they were as well.

After a stop at the light­house and Oliv­er Hill, we final­ly got to go snorkel at lit­tle Salmon Bay. The water was crys­tal clear and the sun was right out. This is when we knew that maybe the weath­er wouldn’t be so bad after all. The water was amaz­ing and we all found it very dif­fi­cult to get out! We then cycled to our next snorkelling spot, stop­ping at the town along the way to grab some lunch. When we arrived at the beach the life­guards on duty talked to us about their roles on the island. Our snorkel was awe­some and even includ­ed a bit of cave div­ing! After din­ner and anoth­er Radio course we were feel­ing a bit more con­fi­dent for our assess­ment the next day… oh and we got to go to bed with a few new friends!

After morn­ing exer­cise, which con­sist­ed of a long run swim run, and some brekky, we split into our groups to do team games. One of these con­sist­ed of what turned into an oobleck fight which result­ed in the need for a long show­er! We then did our assess­ment and all passed, although I wouldn’t want my life to be relied on from some peo­ples radio call!! We then had a talk from the spon­sors who donat­ed $10,000 towards our camp! After some lunch and a few more activ­i­ties at the beach our teams got togeth­er to plan our group skits. Mitch, Zara and Jake all had great suc­cess with Mitch and Zara’s team com­ing run­ner up and Jake win­ning the best indi­vid­ual prize… let’s just say that my team was not! After a bit of pack­ing we went to bed, mine and Zara’s dorm had a bit of a scare when one girl start­ed scream­ing in the mid­dle of the night for no appar­ent rea­son until only in the morn­ing we found out she sleep talks!

On the Last day we packed up and cleaned the dorm. We then head­ed over to the air­port where the res­cue heli­copter payed us a vis­it and we got to hear about what their day con­sists of and got to look inside the heli­copter! After some bis­cuits we start­ed our Great Rot­to Race – which includ­ed us hav­ing to find dif­fer­ent loca­tions using clues and putting our radio skills to the test. At some points, we had to do chal­lenges includ­ing board res­cue posi­tion and water­mel­on judo in front of the pub­lic!! It was so much fun and pushed us all. After our final lunch in Rot­tnest we unwill­ing­ly got on the fer­ry to go back to Perth. After a very bumpy and sea­sick filled ride we pulled into the docks, sad that the week was over but glad to see our fam­i­ly and excit­ed to see our beds!

This camp has def­i­nite­ly been a high­light of my hol­i­days. I have built friend­ships that I nev­er oth­er­wise would have had, it has giv­en me so many new skills and has shown me a whole new side to surf club. I found it amaz­ing that on the first day we stuck with the peo­ple that we knew and by the last day we were each in our own groups with peo­ple we had nev­er met until the camp. I had such an amaz­ing time and can’t wait to meet up with every­one lat­er this year!

On behalf of Mitch, Jake, Zara and myself I would just like to say thank you to Mul­laloo SLSC, all the team lead­ers who came and every­one involved in mak­ing this camp as epic as it was!

Writ­ten by Har­ri­et Brown

The fol­low­ing video was cre­at­ed by Zara Mar­tin:

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