They garden, and cook in the outdoor pizza oven (which they built a couple of years before), and generally muck about having fun.
It's always towards the end of term and it's a great team building exercise for everyone.
For one night they erect tents and choose partners to stay with, have a great fun day ending with movies (indoors) then camp fire with toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate.
A great time is had by all, especially the parents left at home!!
Two years ago, when I went to the special assembly at the end of camp I patiently waited while all certificates were presented to the children. Best buddy, most helpful, best cook, smiliest child.
The whole thing brought a tear to my eye, until they came to the last certificate, for Little Miss. What had she got? She's generally very helpful & polite - what could it be?
I was ever so slightly mortified when it was announced she had the certificate for "being the only one still chattering at 3.45am" - even worse several parents and staff looked at me and giggled in a knowing way! I told the tale here.
Anyway last year she and several others got the "noisiest camper" award - not quite so bad but not what I'd hoped for.
Well this year I had given a few hints, please be helpful and kind - carry the teachers hot chocolate for her - tidy up her tent! Do anything.....
And the day arrived, I was nervous, hopefully they'd had a good night, the weather had stayed fine and we could hear some of their shouts from our garden! I was looking forward to seeing her after 24 hours but would I be embarrassed yet again?
Oh no I was far from embarrassed! Look what we, I mean she, got.
Oh I'm so proud I could burst, it's by far the best award and for once she doesn't take after me!
Surely this beats most polite camper, most helpful camper, tidiest camper, doesn't it?