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ADF Camp

Robin Delamont (Defence School Mentor)

On Thursday 17 August, 20 ADF students and cadets boarded a coach to Nanga Bush Camp in Dwellingup for an overnight adventure. They were able to explore the beautiful bush during daily bush walks and were visited by very friendly locals including sausage stealing kookaburras, a shy quenda and kangaroos (who gave the boys a very early wake up call by trying to get inside their dorm at 5.30am).

The students were challenged to reach new heights on the climbing wall on the first day.  This helped to build on their strength, endurance, trust and resilience.  They all enjoyed reflecting upon their accomplishments of the day and sharing s’mores around the evening campfire.

Once the group were confident with these skills, the following day they graduated to the higher 20 metre wall.  For the students who were still keen to push themselves, they were offered an opportunity to abseil from the top of the tower.  Several students took up the challenge and conquered their fears.  We were so lucky to have Mr Russell with us to run these amazing programs and are hoping to repeat this experience again next year.

Year 12 Student, Molly, said of the camp “I liked having the chance to get to know other ADF students better, especially the people I don’t usually get to talk to.”

Tom, from Year 7, shared with us that “I don’t like heights but was proud of myself for giving the climbing wall a go. I think it helped me conquer my fear.”

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