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Year 8 Waratah Bay Camp Reflection

For camp, we went to Waratah Bay. I was expecting this camp to be boring, but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of pure fun that I had. One of the thousands of highlights was the fact that this time I was healthy because last time I was sick. I couldn’t do some of the activities but being able to do all the activities was amazing.

I brought along my ukulele, and when I left my house I did not know how to play the thing. And within three days of Mr Donaldson’s and my friend’s teaching, I had learnt a full song. I never knew that I loved surfing: the feeling of being in control and being able to use the environment to my advantage felt out of this world, cooking for ourselves felt empowering and felt like I genuinely earned the meal.

The biggest challenges I faced during camp was when I took it upon myself to learn “Be Wherever You Are” on the ukulele and then perform it in front of the entire camp. I learnt that song, and I learnt it hard, I was so ready to perform it, but then I got up, jeez I swear the crowd tripled in size and I got stage fright. I played that song, but I kept pausing in between each note, and I was not singing correctly, but I am proud of myself because learning a song in three days is quite the accomplishment. I have never done anything like that in front of a crowd like that, but I would do it again.

The most valuable lesson I learnt was, if there is an opportunity, take it. Never lose hope and never regret the decisions you made because either way, you have got a good outcome. Never doubt yourself because whatever decision you make is for yourself and do not let anyone influence who you are.

I am not sure what camp is in store for me next year in Year Nine, but what I do know is whatever challenges it holds I will overcome them and conquer my fears. Next year nothing is holding me back. I will be at next year’s camp. If there is an opportunity to do something out of my comfort zone, I will do it. After camp, I had time to reflect, and I know who I am and what I want to be, so come at me challenges! I will be ready for you!

I think I may be the happiest I have ever been, and there may be some highs and lows, but the truth is that the good times are always coming no matter how far they seem so I am ready.

If I could, I would spend the next 30 years of my life advancing technology to build a time machine to do it all again.

I am ready. I always will be.

BEN IRELAND
Year 8