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My First Experience of Camp

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My First Experience of Camp "AHHHHHHHHHH!" The cry of my fellow companion echoed throughout the musty wooden cabin. "A massive spider!" was the next shout from the top bunk of my bed. Disorientated, and still half asleep, I asked what the matter was. I fumbled for the compulsory torch we had been issued with and switched it on. There was no electricity in the cabin; the torch light cast weird shadows and created an eerie atmosphere. I got out of my sleeping bag to check on him. My friend was quite agitated and clearly scared. He looked at me, with fear etched into his face. He was holding his pillow as if it was something that would make it all go away, but I knew it could not. His whole body was shaking. I sympathised with him and told him he could sleep in my bed. On hearing this, he leapt down without hesitating. I was now faced with the prospect of having to sleep on the floor. I looked down and all I could see was dirty floorboards, laden with lumps of dried mud. I knew this was going to be a rough couple of days. The sun shone brightly in the morning and beamed over the whole of the camp. This was meant to be 'something that you can take a lot out of', but, now, I saw it differently. ...read more.


I had a spring in my step, everything was going right. I stopped. I looked around me. All I could see were trees. I could hear nothing. Not even the faint whisper of life. It suddenly dawned on me that I was lost, and all I could do was listen to the pounding of my heart as I felt so helpless and alone. I was frightened and trying to hold back tears, but they came anyway. I sat there, powerless to do anything, wiping my face with the sleeve of my favourite fleece top. Twenty minutes had passed and there was no sign of anyone coming. I decided to try and get the attention of any other people that were in the woods. I bellowed at the top of my voice "HELP ME!" I felt a slight amount of relief when I could hear, far in the distance, the sound of someone running towards me. I called out again and again until my throat became sore, and my voice hoarse. But for all the shouting I did, I think it worked. One of the staff, that I had never seen, came running towards me. I felt as though the whole world had been lifted off my shoulders and managed to smile. I felt embarrassed and hoped they would not notice that I had been crying. ...read more.


It would have taken something very special to impress her. She walked slowly up and down the table, observing each of the posters meticulously. Her eyes hovered over our poster and my heart jumped into my mouth. It may have been wishful thinking, but it seemed as though a tiny grin crept across her face. Eventually, she announced that she had made up her mind. "It was a poster that showed great attention to detail and captured the essence of the camp setting extremely well" she said. My fingers were crossed and I was praying that it was our poster that won. The winning poster was held up and it was not ours. My heart sank and my face dropped. I felt sick. I turned to my friends and they did not seem bothered; that made me feel worse. The next two days were action packed. In the mornings, we went orienteering, and the evenings were spent round the campfire drinking sweet hot chocolate from the plastic mugs we had brought from home. By this time, everyone had got used to camp life and needless to say I had put the two unfortunate incidents (getting lost and losing the poster competition) behind me. It was going to be sad leaving the camp, but I was looking forward to going back to the comforts of home. The sleeping bag on the hard, wooden floor was beginning to hurt my back - my warm soft bed beckoned. 1 Taner Shakir 10L ...read more.

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