by Roxanne Litherland and Beth Cooper Howell

What’s the best thing about going to school on a working farm? You get to camp under the stars, close to nature – and wake up at dawn to the sounds of noisy roosters and mooing cows!

The annual Grade 1 – 3 Friendship Camp is a firm favourite among St. Francis College children, who look forward to their night away from home for most of the school year. Balmy weather made pitching tents a breeze and, after settling in and bidding goodbye to their parents, the excited group set off for a hike to Kromme River, where they enjoyed a picnic lunch.

Back at camp, children and teachers enjoyed dinner, braaied marshmallows and chatted around the camp fire before going on an after-dark hike to view the stars and listen to night sounds. The next morning was packing-up time, breakfast and off to school again.

“The Grade 1 class in particular was very impressed with the achievement of staying away from home for the night. They so wanted to enjoy another night under the stars!” said camp co-ordinator and Grade 1 teacher, Lyn Webb.

Friendship Camp for College Kids

Grade 1, 2 and 3 St. Francis College Pupils enjoying their braaied marshmellows while camping outside their classrooms.

Photograph by Caroline Anderson