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Year 7 Camp


It was one of the first cold mornings that we had felt in the Burdekin, as we arrived at school early on Thursday morning ready for camp. Everyone was excited, ready for our two-day adventure to Charters Towers.

We said our goodbyes to our families and headed off down the road to our first destination. On the way we all had great laughs and many memorable stories to tell each other.

It wasn’t long before we arrived at our first stop, the Texas Long Horn Wagon Tour, enjoying morning tea of delicious damper and home-cooked biscuits. We got to experience how to lasso and had fun showing off our great techniques. We then climbed into the horse-drawn carriage and went for a ride around the station, seeing many different breeds of cattle. We met a very special Longhorn, whose name was JR. He once held a title in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest horns of any Texas Longhorn cow. We were also shown how saddles are made and how to artificially inseminate a cow!

After that enjoyable experience, we were back on the road again travelling to our overnight camp destination at the Charters Towers School of Distance Education ‘Sheds’. After enjoying a lovely Subway dinner we visited Tors Drive-in Movie Theatre where we watched ‘Angry Birds’.

We woke up on Friday morning to the sound of the roller doors being opened and knew that it was going to be another jam-packed day. First up, we enjoyed panning for gold at the ‘Miners Cottage’.  Who would have thought that everyone would come out on top and really strike gold!  At the Venus Gold Battery, we watched a visual presentation and were given an insight into how gold was processed in the early years of the Charter Towers Gold Rush.

The final activity for our camp was the much anticipated ‘High Ropes’ at Millchester State School. Many of us faced our fear of heights and at the end of the day everyone had tried their best and achieved something they never imagined they would.

Before we knew it we were on the road, heading back home again to the Bountiful Burdekin. We all have great memories to look back on and hope to visit Charters Towers again sometime soon.

Written by year 7 student Leah Poli