South West Youth Camp 2019

6 am Tues­day Morn­ing was when our trib­al adven­ture began! Get­ting all 54 campers into the bus­es and down to our des­ti­na­tion. We first start­ed with a stop at the ser­vo before com­menc­ing our first walk from Sur­gar­loaf to Yallingup which was around 11 kilo­me­tres. After set­ting up camp we had our tribe (ran­dom) allo­ca­tions, fol­lowed by the light­ing of the totem and pro­duc­tion of the tribe flags.

Wednes­day came with anoth­er ear­ly start as we had abseil­ing at Wilyabrup Cliffs. This is always a high­light amongst the campers with major­i­ty of them going down the 40 metre cliff. After that we walked from Ellens­brook back to our camp­site at Pre­v­el­ly. Which if you were in my group you would have got­ten very lost!

A few tribe chal­lenges, swim­ming in the riv­er mouth and a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion was the way we fin­ished Wednes­day night.

Thurs­day saw us going into the Caves and learn­ing about the his­to­ry of the area as well as anoth­er walk start­ing at Con­tos and pass­ing Redgate. By this point every­one was tired enough, so we man­aged to get picked up ear­ly and off to the final tribe chal­lenges we went.

After com­pet­ing against one anoth­er for 3 days the win­ning team was Green – “The Crocs”. To cel­e­brate we com­plet­ed the much antic­i­pat­ed ‘Donut Chal­lenge’ before end­ing our last night.

Fri­day pack up came with lots of rain which was a good excuse not to walk! So off to the riv­er mouth we went for final activ­i­ties which every­one can agree was a pleas­ant time for all. We then com­menced the long and wet dri­ve back to Perth while stop­ping at the favourite Bun­bury Forum for the Gold­en Arch­es.

Being a camp leader was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence and one I would def­i­nite­ly put my hand up to do again. I enjoyed see­ing the behind the scenes of how this camp has been put togeth­er as well as being a fun men­tor to those younger mem­bers of the club. Big Thank yous go to Sandy Clarke for organ­is­ing, Steve Mignon and Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki for get­ting us to our des­ti­na­tions, Trevor Bul­ley for his knowl­edge and exper­tise in frogs and flow­ers as well as my fel­low camp lead­ers Josh Bull, Tana­ha Worth and Aaron Gigney for the sup­port and con­stant laughs.

Check out this great video I’ve put togeth­er.

Ava Bush­by
2019 Camp Leader (and camp Birth­day celebri­ty!)


Huge thanks to all our camp lead­ers – four days of troop ral­ly­ing, activ­i­ties, fun and laugh­ter – per­haps a few coun­selling ses­sions as well – the usu­al, rela­tion­ships, fatigue etc.

Great effort from Aaron and Ava tak­ing on the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing a host of activ­i­ties for all our youth. Thanks Trevor, for your assis­tance and gear with some of these activ­i­ties.

Thanks Steve Mignon for the loan of the Toy­ota Land Cruis­er Pra­do and fuel to boot! It made for an excel­lent emer­gency vehi­cle and extra youth trans­port. Mick from Mar­garet Riv­er Climb­ing Co. once again excelled in get­ting our youth – some coaxed more than oth­ers, down the cliffs at Wilyabrup.

We tri­alled a new cave this year for half the group – Gol­go­tha. This adven­ture cave is not open to gen­er­al pub­lic; a cave expert needs to accom­pa­ny groups. It was a great addi­tion to the activ­i­ties.

Thanks Josh and Tana­ha for accept­ing the chal­lenge of walk­ing with the troops. Per­haps Tana­ha may have lost a lit­tle more than she bar­gained com­ing back minus a phone!

Thanks Don­na Har­ris (Bolog­nese) and Emma Bam­forth (brown­ie slice) for your help in food prepa­ra­tion ahead of the camp!

Thanks Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki for help­ing me sort through the 40 plus tents pri­or to leav­ing.

Thanks to the Club for allow­ing me to dri­ve the Club Isuzu Ute – what a stand out vehi­cle!

We have been assured our youth had some pos­i­tive long-last­ing expe­ri­ences and that our new club mem­bers were well intro­duced into the fam­i­ly we love and call Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club!

Sandy Clarke

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