(Colette)

                LDVN’s 5th anniversary camp at Mount Diablo was, without a doubt, a memorable experience. Although, I have to say that the car ride up was one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve experienced in a long time. No words can described my feeling of relief once we finally reached the campsite. When everyone arrived, we started setting up tents and building the camp gate. For dinner, we had delicious spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread. I was a bit disappointed to hear that we wouldn’t be able to have an actual campfire due to the hot weather. However, we still had fun just being around one another.

            Saturday started with a 6am wake up call. Everyone got up, brushed their teeth, combed their hair, etc. For breakfast, we had hot chocolate and mini sandwiches. Since we had spare time, we decided to take a little hike. We didn’t go very far but at least we got some exercise! After that, we got ready for the flag ceremony. This consisted of the official flag ceremony, speeches, leader appreciation, and saying goodbye and good luck to our beloved senior patrol leader, Kim Tran, who is leaving for college in the upcoming fall. This ceremony really made me reflect on how much we have all been through as a troop these past 5 years. There were some bumps in the road, but together, we pulled through. Despite the difficulties, we sure did have a lot of great times together and I’m sure that we are all looking forward to more in the future. Next on our agenda was driving up to the summit. The drive was just as scary as the drive to the campsite. The summit had a beautiful view and a mini museum for us to enjoy. After taking plenty of pictures, we headed back to camp for lunch. We ate barbeque chicken and beef and salad. Then came the games. They were fun and brought out the competition side of both patrols. The much-anticipated cooking contest was next. Our task was to make chow mein. It became quite stressful because of the time limit and the spectators’ comments. But in the end, we managed to make a tasty dish! Our dish became our dinner and before we knew it, it was time to have our final “campfire”. Us girl scouts came up with a skit reflecting on the five years that LDVN have been through. It was fun performing and also to hear the audience’s laughs. Several more pictures and we were off to bed!       

            Sunday was off to a very rough start. The wind was so strong that it felt like a tornado inside the tent. Plus, the tent collapsed from the wind! Due to this, we had a very hard time getting in and out of the tent to collect our baggage and put it in our cars. Also, folding up the two tents was definitely not fun. Unfortunately, both tents had suffered some damage because of the weather. Once we finally got everything folded up and put away, we got to sit down and enjoy a hot bowl of noodles for breakfast. Camp ended with the closing ceremony along with final remarks and the announcement of winners. Patrol 1 got 2nd in the cooking contest and 1st overall. Patrol 2 got the opposite! Overall, I think this camp was a lot of fun and I hope for more to come J