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Our Last Week of Camp!

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Well it's friday and it's our last night at camp. We just finished dinner and a chat with Mark.

My last week has been fun as I only had morning golf classes so that gave Jess and I the afternoons off to do a few fun things around camp that we hadn't had the chance to do yet. Tuesday we went rock climbing (which I did last week) but it was fun to show Jess how to climb. She was a little nervous with finding where to put her feet but she did well. I still hold the camp record for the fastest up the wall which was 26 seconds, beating the climbing instrutor by 4 seconds.

Thursday Jess and I went over to the rifle range and shot some guns while there was a break in between class periods. Jess has never shot a gun before and wasn't sure which eye to look out of and she didnt have her glasses either which made shooting for a small target hard for her. She did ok for not being able to see though! That night we drove a van load of kids down to Stone Mountain (which is close to Atlanta) to see the laser and fireworks show. The laser show was awesome and so were the fireworks as you can see from the photos.


Today we went down to the COPE course and went on the zip line. I went first as Jess was a little scared and wanted to see how it was done. It's a lot better than the one we had out the back of our old house! Jess had to be pushed off the platform because she was too chicken to jump herself but she enjoyed it once it was moving.


Campfire is about to start now and it's our final one so i'm going to give out a few awards and present Peter (the program director) with my scarf because Charles (camp director) already has a NZ scarf from when my troop was here and is rubbing it in Peter's face.

Camp has been fun and at times but I have also been wishing it would finish. I've been to a few summer camps now and have liked different parts from each camp so the experience was good. This camp i've enjoyed seeing how much a camp can change in 14 years and seeing how much scouting in America is still going strong. Every camp I go to though is like being back in High School. You have the people you get along well with, people you can't stand being around and then you have those weird kids where all they say to you is "hi Brian" and then you see them 5 mins later and they say the same thing again.

It will finally be nice to know that Jess wont be sick from a dirty med lodge or bossed around by Sandy anymore. I think she'll be happy that she won't have to clean that place anymore or clean out the toilet bowl after Sandy cause she's sick of all the flies on the toilet! Most unhygenic person ever!

I've enjoyed teaching Golf and I hope to get to play alot more when i get back home. Next stop...Vegas!

Posted by Brian_H 16:33 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Rainwood Tournament and The Fun Factory


On saturday it was the Rainwood tournament, which is an ultimate frisbee tournament between the surrounding summer camps eg, Rainey Mountain, Scoutland and Woodruff. Rainey Mountain (our camp) has won the tournament every year for the past 5 years.

Scoutland had 1 team, Woodruff had 2 teams and Rainey Mountain had an A and B team. So being athletic and being from another country I was in the A team plus they liked the fact that I use to play rugby (to rough up the other teams). I played in the first game against Woodruff's A team and played ok for the amount of time I was on the field. I intercepted a frisbee and then threw it in for a goal. We won that game but Woodruff pulled a sneaky one and made their B team the stronger team. So in the final we played Woodruff B for the trophy. Tension was high so people like myself didn't get any game time as the guys who play Frisbee at College played the whole game so Rainey Mountain could retain the trophy. Rainey Mountain won the game 13-1.

We left the tournament early and headed off to a place called "The Fun Factory" which is full of video games, mini golf, bumper cars, ten pin bowling, go-karts and a batting cage. Jess and I had such a good time getting away from camp and acting like kids again. We paid $20 to play unlimited games of anything we wanted for as long as we wanted. I kicked Jess' butt again in Ten Pin Bowling and the arcade games but she gave me some pointers in the batting cage. On top of all that we won a bunch of tickets on the arcade games so we could get some prizes - in total we won 899 tickets. By the end of the night we both were buggered from running around so we headed back to camp after about 5 hours at the Fun Factory.

Sunday we were able to leave camp again to hit up the Mall so we bought Mark and Jason a thank you gift each (they picked us up from the airport, took as around Atlanta, put us up in that nice hotel and also took care of us at camp). Jess also bought her 30G ipod which she had done alot of umming and ahhing over and also did some other shopping before we head to LA. I bought Jess and I nitrogenised ice-cream - i'm not sure if that's the correct term for it but it's ice cream that has been nitrogenised into little ice cream balls that looks like crumpled up biscuit but tastes and actually is ice cream. It's pretty cool cause it doesn't melt easy and it's crunchy and fun to eat. We then stopped in at Habersham movie theatre on the way back to camp and saw Fantastic Four. Jess was tired of putting up with Sandy's crap back at camp so she didn't want to go back too early. It was nice to chill and watch a movie.

This week Jess and I both have the afternoons off so we can go sailing, rock climbing, shooting and do other stuff around camp together. It's a nice way to end our time at camp. Jess also has photos from the Rainwood tournament she will put on the net and hopefully we will have more pictures of what we get up to this week.


Posted by Brian_H 06:36 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Know-it-all scoutmasters and another trip to the hospital

Well the fourth week of campers was an up and down week for me and Jess. I was still very sick from sunday's white water trip down the river so all day sunday and monday i spent in bed trying to get over my sore head and the flu. As i cant take pain killers the two days were very painful. Jess was also sick these two days so everyone on staff thought we were allergic to America.

My golf class this week wasn't as good as the past week, which makes my job harder but fun. I make all the kids that cant play too well tee off at the ladies tees which they didn't like (haha). I have scoutmasters that come along every week to be an extra adult (boy scout stupid rules) which this week wasnt helpful at all. At the driving range I show the kids a basic swing as well as 3 things to work on (for most kids thats alot to work on). But the scoutmasters that came along this week thought they knew everything about golf and stuffed up my program. They pulled kids aside and told them the opposite from what im trying to teach which is far from basic technique. Ohh and then one kid broke 3 golf clubs in 2 days.

Jess didnt have the best week, i havent seen anyone sick so much in my life. She was just getting over the flu until she started throwing up on thrusday night and all through the night. She wasnt feeling any better on friday and had pains in her tummy so we went to the ER. They put her on a drip and gave her a pain relief which when it hit her she was in Disneyland haha. After 2 bags of IV drip she was feeling alot better so we headed back to camp.

Its saturday night at the moment and everyone is out of camp until tommorrow but we stayed at camp so Jess could start to get better. So today i found a site online that you can download pretty much any rugby game you want, so i downloaded the lastest game between NZ and Australia. Which in the end was not a good result for me but Jess was happy and it gave some of the American boys a glympse of rugby.

JESS says - Hey. Mum and Dad if you are reading this before I call you it is because the lines are down. Everything is ok and I am feeling much better now. My head is a little sore and i'm still a bit weak and tired but apart from that i'm feeling 110% better than the other night. Brian is taking good care of me :) I will try calling again in the morning and I'm sorry if you have read this blog first and freaked out!

Lots of Love

Brian and Jess

Posted by Brian_H 04:08 Archived in USA Comments (2)

The week in review


Last week the White Water guys drew a rain turtle in the dirt at Monday's formation. Everyone had to spit in the turtle so it would bring rain (it's kind of like an indian rain dance). Lets just say that Australia should start drawing some rain turtles cause it poured every afternoon of last week!

The White Water department wanted water so they could have a better flow for kayaking but then copes and climbing wanted no rain at all so they could actually teach the kids their rock climbing merit badges. The rain was greeted by mixed emotions from the staff even though Atlanta and surrounding areas are in drought. Their drought is nothing like Brisbane's though!

Everyone has to march at formation whether it is raining or not so most evenings we were marching in the rain. Luckily we have rain coats. Tuesday afternoon there was a storm and some hail but it was almost over by the time we got to the parade field.

Staff week is on Thursday nights but Jess and Sandy alternate so there is always someone at med lodge. This week we went out on Wednesday night and went to an Italian restaurant called Mama G's which was really good but very filling. I've been driving the van around a bit so I picked Jess up and took her out. Me driving on the wrong side of the road - DSCF0462.jpg

Friday night campfire was good. Jess recieved 3 awards from different troops and had to get on stage and accept them. A troop that everyone wanted a shirt from gave her a bright green one, and she also got an orange one from another troop plus a pocket knife which one troop had their details engraved on. She was pretty happy.


Saturday we went to the Mall of Georgia (again) and saw Oceans 13 and looked around the shops. We came back to camp that night and had an early night which was good. Camp tires you out alot so it was good to finally have a sleep in.

Today is Fathers Day over here so Happy Fathers Day from America! Sunday is where the camp prepares for the new week of troops coming in but we helped out the Waterfront guys and spent most of the afternoon on the lifeguard tower and swimming in the water. We both got a little bit burnt.

This week is not as big as the last two but we still have to act like it is the first week to the new campers. I hope it doesn't rain for my sake cause teaching Golf in the rain is not fun. Here's to a good week and we will write more later.


Posted by Brian_H 13:13 Archived in USA Comments (2)

First week of campers!


My first campers week was interesting, i didnt know what to expect so my teaching methods for the golf merit badge was all over the show. But i think most of the kids learnt alot from me and my golf lessons that i had when i was 14 and 15 with Wayne Marsh. My morning class i had 10 kids and the afternoon class i had 6, so i had alot of teaching to do in the first couple of days. I mostly enjoyed the days we were on the course cause that is when i was riding around in the golf cart and the kids had to walk. Through out the week i got to play a few holes with the kids which was cool. I turned it into abit of a competition, so I gave myself a 2 shot disadvantage and if they won the hole i would give them one of Mark's ice creams from the kitchen (he showed me where he hides them) but im playing really good golf so i didnt have to dive into Mark's ice cream stash. All my kids in my classes passed the Merit Badge but this new week is going to be different as im going to be alot more stricter on the kids and since now i know how the week is going to flow ive got a good program set out.

I played my first game of Ultimate frisbee which was interesting, its a game where you cant tackle anyone which i found a little hard to get my head around. At one point I did tackle someone but i didnt mean to. The staff thought it was funny.

Campfires at camp are ok, not as good as they use to be. They dont light the campfire in a special way anymore but ive been talking to alot of the guys that have been here awhile and im gonna try and light it by hitting a golf ball that is on fire into the campfire. But ill keep you posted on that. I got a gift at campfire from one of the kids that was in my class for taking him golfing everyday and improving his swing. Dad, email me some songs or skits to do.

Now the new week starts.


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End of Staff Week

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Staff Week is almost over which is a relief. Today the whole staff is going Rafting for our hard work this week, so that means Jess gets to go twice. We're going down the Nantahala which is about an hour and a half away in North Carolina. From what I remember, and from what Jess has told me when she rafted on Monday, the Nantahala is a very cold river. We are trying to organise with the white water kayaking guys at camp to take us down the Chattooga to experience some big white water and to go down the river where they filmed Deliverence.

Once all the campers start to arrive next week things will start to flow better but then again the first week is 800 campers with 120 staff so that week will be full on.

John: Yeah camp has changed alot. Mark says hi and is wanting you to come over and cook one summer. Daniel (one of the twins) said he remembers teaching us American Southern words and a few other people from 1993 said that they remember us being here.

Dad (Grant): Mark last night stood up in front of the staff and talked about camp history, camp myths and The Hays family. Ive bumped into Corneil and his wife a few times, they still remember me which was surprising and he wants Jess and i to go to Chruch with him. I think that would be an eye opener. The Trading Post lady back in 1993 remembers mum still, she's a nice lady. The Golf Course is about a 10min drive from camp, but dont worry im not driving! They wanted me to though.

Tomorrow is Saturday so we are planning to leave camp and maybe go with some of the guys to Atlanta or another city in Georgia called Athens.

We will keep updating with pictures and events at camp when we get another chance.


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