ONCE AGAIN hundreds of primary school children relished the chance to get dirty at Day Camps all over the state last school holidays.
The Moggill / Karana Downs Day Camp had record numbers with 177 campers and 90 leaders and helpers.
Camp director Paul Vandersee said it was the biggest the camp has ever been and was organised in conjunction with Moggill Uniting Church, Karana Downs Uniting Church, Kenmore Baptist, Kenmore Community Church, and Moggill Anglican.
“With all the support crew we have about 115 people,” he said.
“The best part for me is being able to watch it happen. After many months of planning, to see the ideas that we had start to work and to see a whole community of different churches working for a common cause.”
Here is what some of the kids thought about Day Camp:
Douglas (10) said his favourite thing about Day Camp was “cooking food over an open fire”.
Leader Katie Dwyer said she enjoyed music time and said being a leader was challenging but fun.
Nicholas (11) couldn’t choose one thing as his favourite. “The archery, the fire, eating afternoon tea, listening to the music, building gunyas, having fun and doing teamwork!” he said.
Rachie (12) said she liked the rock-climbing. “It was pretty high, but I wasn’t scared.”
Hannah (11) said, “My favourite thing is meeting new people, making gunyas [a bush cubby house] and learning about God.”
Rebekah (8) said she liked “getting muddy” and Kirsten (8) enjoyed the gunya, the music and her day camp friends.
Photo : Camper Rebekah, Day Camp director Paul Vandersee, camper Kirsten and mum / leader Jane Dwyer at the end of an enjoyable week at the Moggill / Karana Downs Day Camp. Photo by Mardi Lumsden