The mid-winter sun was shining, the school doors closed for the mid-year break, and that meant it was time for Capricorn Primary Grade 5 learners to join us on another Marine Awareness Camp at the Soetwater Environmental Education Centre, sponsored by the Save Our Seas Foundation!
The risk we run in Cape Town winters is rain… currently extremely welcome in our severe drought but not exactly conducive to getting outdoors and exploring the coastal environmental of the beautiful Soetwater Nature Reserve. And this means having to be prepared with exciting, ocean-themed, educational (but still fun) activities for indoors and out, plus a programme timetable that has flexibility built in.
Sure enough, the wintry rain hit on the very first day, and just as the campers arrived. But we were prepared, and shrieks of fun filled the hall as we started off the camp with some teamwork and friendly competition. Luckily, the rain only hung around for a few hours, and we were soon able to shake off the cobwebs and head outside into the fresh air.
The good weather remained for the rest of the three day camp, so we could continue our outdoor programmes. Amid such excitements as a bird show, climbing up the tallest steel lighthouse in South Africa, night hiking, swimming (in July!), beach hunting, bird watching, sand sculpting, learning about sharks, it was hard to say what the favourite activities were.
We also played some new and intensely competitive games, like “Oceanopoly” and “Shark Bingo” which were accompanied by both howls of laughter and serious concentration.
In the end, however, everyone agreed that they had enjoyed their camp to the fullest, and we left Soetwater with 30 proud new “Save Our Seas” ambassadors on board.