The Year 11 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) class has just been on a four day camp to Tioman Island from Thursday 1 September to Sunday 4 September.
On the first day, all 17 students gathered at 5.30 a.m. at AISM to begin the six hour journey. After four hours of travelling on the bus, we arrived at the ferry terminal. Two hours later, we arrived at Tioman Island. We were then immediately transferred to the campsite. Students were divided into three groups for different tasks, builders, cooks and cleaners. Builders had to set-up and dismantle all the tents, cooks had to prepare all the meals and cleaners had to clean up the whole campsite. Throughout the four days, each group took turns being responsible for a different job. After setting up, students all went for a swim test to be assessed on their swimming abilities. Some free time was given to the students to enjoy the beach. After a nice hour of frolicking on the beach, students realised they weren't going to get to shower! Not for the next 4 days! The night ended with celebrating one of the students’ birthday!
The next morning the group woke up at 7 a.m. to pack for a day trip to a second campsite. After breakfast and dismantling the camp, the group headed for the beach to begin kayaking to the second campsite. It was a five hour journey on the sea for 7km. Upon arriving, students just once again set up and prepare dinner. Before heading to bed, the camp instructors have us go through a session of talking about how we felt about everything so far.
On the third day, the group hiked 7km for six hours back to the first campsite. After settling in, we went for snorkeling and a jetty jump. It was a great way to end the camp. Next morning, we packed up and left for the ferry terminal to start our journey back home. We arrived back at school at 4.15 p.m.
Overall, we felt that it was a good experience and we learnt many skills on this camp. It was a bit rough to deal with when we had no access to any way of cleaning up ourselves, but we all pulled through. It made us realize that we are so fortunate to have what we have in the comfort of our own homes and to appreciate it. The camp has also taught us survival skills like how to set-up a camp and build a fire.