Location: Gillwell Camp, Tai Tam or Tai Mei Tuk.

Target Year Groups: Y8 + Y12 Prefects

Cost: HK$5,500

Camp Leaders: Mr. Julian Reed, Ms. Laura Hjelmeland, Mr. Mark Rutter & Mr. Joseph Travers

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Year 8 Camp, run in conjunction with the Island School teaching staff and the expertise of the staff from Asia Pacific Adventure is all about challenging the students and helping to make them more self-reliant.

There is a large emphasis on outdoor education with opportunities to enjoy kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, orienteering, problem solving and camping.

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“What was the highlight for you…..? Abseiling because I conquered my fear and it was overall my highlight” Nicole Cherry Y8

The camp is divided into three different sites – each of which offers different opportunities.

Gillwell Camp is a traditional camping opportunity in tents, with ‘basic’ washing and toilet facilities. The Tai Tam site will also be  a cmap site with the students sleeping in tents. Students learn basic camp craft and are guided in how to keep safe, clean and happy during the five day/four night adventure.

The third site is the RYA Hostel at Tai Mei Tuk, Tai Po. This hostel is situated near the water as well as High Island Reservoir and offers good walking in the near-by Pat Sin Leng hillside. Kayaking and canyoning are also a popular activity.

The groups often use the expansive country park for orienteering and wide games. Please note…conditions are ‘basic’ at all venues, but they are safe, clean and have been used by the school (and many other organizations) for many years. There is fresh running water and there are ‘asian-style’ toilets. APA provide excellent food for all meals, and cater for special dietary needs. The food (which is often a concern for our younger students on camp) is wholesome, professionally prepared and where possible fresh ingredients are used.

When asked “What was the worst thing about Y8 Camp?  One Y8 girl said…….”Going back home, because we had lots of happy memories and I didn’t want to leave there.”

In the feedback form the majority of responses commented about the “challenge, meeting new people and the sense of achievement many (of the boys and girls) gained throughout the activities on offer”.