Arriving by boat from Cates Park in North Vancouver on a sunny Wednesday morning, the Grade 7's lost no time getting into the spirit of Camp Jubilee, located on beautiful Indian Arm. After familiarizing themselves with the camp environment and their counsellors, students packed their luggage into the 'drying room' and then set about testing themselves with a vigourous game of 'gagaball'. (This proved important later in competition with a rival school from Ladner! Feel free to ask them for details.)
Over the course of the three days, students met many and various challenges from climbing to the top of unbelievable heights on nerve wrackingly narrow ropes to scaling sheer rock walls and building shelters in the forest, when they weren't aiming at targets with arrows and slingshots. It was a delight to witness their delight at the seashore during their beach study in which one boy actually caught a fish with his bare hands!
The night brought campfires and singalongs and hilarious skits. Ask any student which cabin won the trophy for the best one.
Food was plentiful and seemed to be greatly appreciated based on how quickly it was 'inhaled'.
We were blessed with the presence of our pastor, Father Smith, who celebrated the Mass with us each day in a yurt, no less! He was impressed with the level of engagement the students showed in their responses throughout the celebration.
Much gratitude is deserved for the commitment shown to this program to the staff who make it possible, both the Camp Jubilee staff and our own: Mr. Chapman, Mrs. Fawcett, and Mrs. Hara; they were basically on duty 24/7 and never voiced a complaint despite being away from their families and creature comforts!
We are also grateful to our school parents who honour us with the trust of caring for their children in an unfamiliar setting and believing that we love them enough to ensure they'd have a positive experience that they are sure to remember forever.