It was the Stake Young Men's Camp last weekend. It was only a short camp - starting at 7PM on the Friday night and going through til lunchtime on Saturday. The camp was held out on a member's property on the NSW side of the border out past Hall.
Seth and I took Kai Koskinen up there with us, and after a stop at Subway for dinner, and spending a while trying to find the correct property in the dark, we eventually arrived on time. There were probably about 60 or so in attendance - fathers and sons heading out to camp together.
The first responsibility was to set up your tent on arrival. Kai went off with his own small tent, whilst Seth and I cheated. We'd removed most of the back car seats prior to coming, and set up the back of the car into our tent. We had two mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags and a thick quilt.
It was a clear night, with the Milky Way shining brightly above us in the country sky. I tried grabbing a few photos. You can see the Southern Cross clearly on the left hand side of the first photo here.
After setting up our tents, we headed over to a large camp fire that had been set up for everybody to socialise.
We then had a Fathers vs Sons hour long game of Capture the Flag, utilising glowsticks to mark the flags and boundaries. I got captured about 10-15 minutes into the game, and spent time in the "jail" with some of the other Dad's chatting. Neither team was having any success getting any of the flags, despite the sons having a numerical advantage over the Dads. Eventually the Dads, wanting the game to finish, and to get back to the campfire, moved their flags unguarded to within a metre of the boundary between the two sides.
After the Sons managed to somehow win the game, we retired back to the campfire to consume Milo, smores and to socilaise.
Some of the boys found the rope/swing next to the nearby dam, and took turns swinging out over the water from the dam bank. One of the boys discovered that his grip wasn't as strong as his enthusiasm and he ended up in the damn. He stood by the fire, his clothes steaming from the heat of the fire as he waited for people to grab soem spare clothes for him.
Seth and I got to sleep about 11:30PM. We were kept warm in our setup in the car and slept through til after 8AM, and even then it was only our bladders that forced us to get up.
Next it was breakfast - with a more than satisfactory offering of bacon, eggs and sausages. Gee camping can be tough sometimes.
A number of the boys then spent time playing around the dam, utilising the rope swing, and a variety of canoes. Not everybody remained dry during these festivities.
The major activity for the morning though was Laser Tag. A portable laser tag venue had been set up using the cars, blow up crates, gas cylinders and the surrounding bush as part of the venue. Teams were broken up into Northside vs Southside of Canberra, and then into age groups (younger boys, teens/young men, then older guys). Most players got decked out in camouflage face point, vests, bandanas and other warrior-like accessories.
The morning was finished off with some short talks as we tried to work our way through 40 pizzas that had been brought in for lunch. It was a fun "camp"