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It was a good start to the night but the fire wouldn't really cooperate but then we fixed it.
We cooked cutlets and sausages and after we roasted giant marshmallows and put them with cookies and chocolate, making s'mores. After dessert we sat down and talked about nothing fancy and one of my friends kept setting a stick on fire and waving it around. We finally went to bed and accomplished waking up at midnight once we went back to sleep it was a great sleep.
My sisters and I heard about GACO and thought it would be great fun to camp out in our back yard and that's exactly what we did.
Testing out the new Tepee tent my sister had purchased we had a fantastic time, cooking marshmellows, playing board games and chilling out in the tent.
Our dog also thought it was great fun.
Can't wait for the next GACO.
A great weekend was had by ten of our Scouts at Noonameena Scout camp in Lauriston.
This is a fantastic camp site with a permanent shelter and cooking facilities, though we used the dutch ovens on a campfire on Saturday night to cook a roast beef and veges. The river running through the property allowed us to fish, though unsuccessfully and encouraged two of the bravest to swim in the chilly water on Sunday afternoon while many others had accidental swims while crossing on makeshift bridges.
On our hike to the Lauriston Dam we encountered a Shingleback lizard, wallaby remains and a fresh wombat hole. At the dam we spent time in the sun eating lunch, skimming rocks and playing at the waters edge. Monash Venturer unit were camping here also and organised a wide game for us and enlightened us in how to play the card game spoons.
The Sydney Hills & Surrounds GACO attracted over 100 campers and day trippers. With shows from Australian Wildlife Displays, a charity BBQ Sausage sizzle to benefit the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife and a bunch of first time and experienced campers we had an awesome campout - We even got in a few games of bush badminton & bush boccie. We capped the night off with toasted marshmallows and had a cracker of a night under the stars.
Yanchep National Park played host to its first camp out. Families joined in the fun putting up tents, cooking, caving and sharing stories around the campfire. It was a highlight event for Outdoors October, a month-long initiative of Outdoors WA supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation, designed to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy nature.
It was great to have the Department of Parks and Wildlife on board for GACO along with Nature Play WA and the Caravan Industry Association.
Outdoors WA thanks the partners and looks forward to seeing more campers for GACO next year.