The 2014 Mexican themed Survivor-Camp saw over 80 scouts, in 12 patrols, from 9 different scout groups competing. Held at Clifford Park Scout Activity Centre from April 9th -13th, the patrols competed in a range of activities over the 5 days.
Activities included Canoeing, Archery, Puzzles, Construction, Billy Karts, Quizzes, Cooking, Scavenger Hunts, Food Eating, Memory Challenges, Obstacle Courses, Catapults and many more. By winning challenges, patrols earned keys, one of which would open a locked treasure chest at the end of the camp! Highlights included patrols competing in a My Camp Kitchen Rules competition where they cooked up a Mexican feast of tacos, burritos, guacamole etc. The challenge was won by the Orange and Dark Blue Patrols.
The famous Pole Standing competition saw Jade from the Red Patrol and Joel from the Pink patrol as joint winners with a time of 4 hours and 38 minutes. The popular food auction saw patrols winning surprise meals for lunch including Red Rooster, Hungry Jacks, Mac and Cheese and big juicy Steaks!
The final challenge on the last day was called 2nd chance challenge and was a huge obstacle course made up from previous challenges. The Burgundy patrol narrowly beat the Orange patrol to claim the final key.
There were a number of special guests who visited the camp including Ryan Smith, the minister for Youth Affairs, who’s visit coincided with National Youth Week, which the camp received grant money from, put towards Canoeing, Slushie Machines, Badges and equipment for the camp.
Each year James hands out 2 ‘Rob Dickson Memorial Best Competitor’ medals to the Best Competitors on the camp. This years winners were Ethan from the Burgundy Patrol and Noah from the Light Green patrol. Both scouts showed enthusiasm, teamwork, were helpful and great kids to hang out with during the camp!
One by one the patrols tried their keys in the locked treasure chest until finally one key opened the chest. Key #19, picked by the Purple Patrol from East Ringwood scouts, were the winners!
You can download the results for each challenge and see who won which keys here: 2014 Survivor-Camp Results
A huge thanks to the leaders who gave up their time to be at the camp and the 3rd Croydon Venturers for assisting with running the activities!
Despite the wet weather all challenges went ahead as planned and the scouts were kept busy with all the fun and crazy activities, on the biggest Survivor-Camp yet!
Survivor-Camp will be back in 2015 – bigger and better!