By Roxanne Litherland and Beth Cooper Howell

St Francis College pupils had a wild time at their annual school camp in the breathtaking Baviaanskloof recently.

Learning around the camp fire and hiking into the Baviaanskloof

Learning around the camp fire

The Grade 4 and 5 classes headed off into the Baviaans, hoping that the river would not be too high for them to cross. They were in luck – the weather cleared for a memorable two-night camp with loads of action.

Pupils set up their own tents, participated in an Ice Breaker challenge, sang team songs and ended their first day around the campfire with jokes and stories.

The camp was education-focused, with pupils learning the valuable skill of orienteering, which comprised finding clues and deciphering codes for a grand prize.

Cooking challenges, bird watching, hiking and swimming filled the hours spent in nature.

“This is always a wonderful experience for the kids…. they find themselves able to do things they never thought they could. They bond in their groups and work hard together. Saskia Boonzaier and Gail Brooker’s efforts for this camp pay off in a smooth-running, thoroughly enjoyable camp for all.” said Grade 4 Teacher Louise Ackerman.


Hiking into the Baviaanskloof

Hiking into the Baviaanskloof

PHOTOGRAPHS: Louise Ackerman