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In November 2003 a bunch of us went down to Camp Coorong www.ngarrindjeri.net . People came from all around : Gawler, Mannum, Hackham & Yankalilla to name a few. Camp Coorong was an excellent location for a home schooling camp as there was no-one else around, no busy roads to worry about or water nearby.
All this meant that the children had total freedom to use and explore the space without the adults having to be constantly alert. The children used this to full advantage, developing some very innovative and complex scenarios in their play - mainly revolving around "guns" as there was a plethora of toy guns and boys on the camp! We also saw the hall turned into a " chair roadway" and when this got boring, into a "chair maze". The older children demonstrated a great deal of sensitivity to the younger children and made sure everyone had a fair go and that the game stayed safe.
The children also discovered a smaller lizard while off exploring. Many tried to get this little guy to climb on their hand but only one succeeded. He was very proud to pose for a number of photos before the lizard was set on its merry way.
But the thing that made the camp so very special for me was the sense of community and shared experience that we all carried back with us to our various locations. We all know each other at a much deeper, more real level - both adults and children and good friendships have been forged.
Please visit www.ngarrindjeri.net for more information about Camp Coorong.
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