The Katherine Police Junior Rangers travelled to Darwin to participate in the annual variety camp from the 9th of July to the 14th of July 2011.
Four Junior Rangers (Chelsea, David, Joseph and Danielle) and two staff members (Trudy Tilley and Glen Hussey) travelled the 370 km’s to the camp grounds of Goanna Park / Adventure Bound on the Arnhem Highway out past Humpty Doo. The trip up was eventful with the camera getting a good work out. Once we arrived at the camp grounds the kids got to burn some energy and set up their tents for the duration of their stay.
The first day of activities was full of fast paced Harley Davidson fun. Several members of the local motor bike club came out to Goanna Park and took all the kids for rides on the bikes around our spacious camp grounds. The Junior Rangers, especially the boys, loved this and couldn’t get enough turns. The rest of the day was filled with arts, crafts, water slides, games and a swim in the very refreshing Adventure Bound pool.
Monday was to be full of outdoor adventure and risk taking activities. First up the boys got to sample some abseiling with the girls facing the rock climbing wall. After a quick morning tea, both groups changed over. During all the fun they didn’t realise that they were actually learning some new skills for their very last challenge of the day – the flying fox. All the kids absolutely loved the flying fox and we captured some great photos and forever memories.
Tuesday was jammed packed and came way too fast. Today we were off to the Territory Wildlife Park. The Rangers were split into two groups and were given two boys to look after for the day, Jason and Jake who were lucky enough to hand feed the huge whip rays from the Oolloo Sandbar exhibit. After lunch we were able to view the park at our own pace and decided to head to the monsoon rainforest, where we got an awful fright from the mock thunder and lighting room argh. This was seen to be quite funny from the group behind us. Time was our enemy on this day and ran out way too fast, but before we were off home we stopped into the didgeridoo hut to hold a massive snake and feed the not so friendly cockatoos. Everyone came back with their fingers….just.
The night was just as full as the day with the Variety kids putting on a talent quest. The Rangers all helped out with Adam’s re-enactment of the Macarena and this proved to be a hit with the crowd. I would have to say that it was a hard one to judge with all of the kids putting in 100 % effort. The skits ranged from comedy to shuffling and even one rapping out with Eminem.
Wednesday was a hard morning to wake up to after a huge day and night but with the excitement of the Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise, Go Karts and Horse Riding the Rangers seemed to find it pretty easy. All the kids got to see some highlights whilst cruising the Adelaide River.
Not as much activity as the tour guide would have liked due to the water being cold but still the crocs put on a great show. From there the girls got to try out the Go Karts first while the boys went of for horse riding. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the Go Karts with only a couple of crashes from Danielle…ooops. After an awesome morning the groups swapped and it was the boys turn for the Go Karts. I managed to pop in for a little look and saw Joseph with the biggest smile I ever thought was possible. From where I was standing it looked like it was on with a race between Glen and Joseph until Joseph crashed into the tires on the first bend. I don’t think we will be giving these kids their licence any time soonJ. After all the fun in the sun it was time to refresh with a nice swim for the girls and an ice cream for the boys.
Thursday came and sadly this was our last day. The Rangers packed all their gear up and headed off early to get in some site seeing before meeting up with the Variety Group at the Wave Pool. The Wave Pool was a great fun way to end out trip and say good bye to all the kids and careers.
The Katherine Police Junior Rangers and Staff thoroughly enjoyed the trip and cannot wait until next year comes around. There were plenty of new friends and new skills made during the camp with Chelsea learning complete A-Z in sign language and David, well almost A-Z.