16TH PA CAMP, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
The 16th Pan-Australian Camp (PACV8) was held at Phillip Island, 120 km by road from Melbourne at Phillip Island Adventure Resort during January 2008. Nearly 400 boys and leaders from all over Australia, joined by a group from the Cook Islands and one boy from Singapore for 9 days of fun, activity and challenge. The Camp was opened by Don Smith , from Queensland, who has attended all 16 PACs. The theme for PACV8 was “Start your engines” with campers being allocated to one of four camp companies - Stoner, Doohan, Lowndes and Brock. As has been the practice of the two most recent camps, campers were accommodated in cabins with meals prepared and served in a cafeteria by resort staff. As a first for PACs, campers travelled wearing their dark blue PACV8 shirts and caps that had been posted to them. This saved much time in the registration process.
One of the highlights of PACV8 was the visit to the Phillip Island Motor Racing Circuit. Some had the opportunity to experience the G forces when being driven around the circuit at Phillip Island in a V8 super car. Many of the campers pitted their own driving skills in a GoKart on the scaled down replica circuit along side the main track.
During the camp, boys worked towards gaining their Pentapac badge with 76% achieving Gold, 20 % Silver. The badge or cloth backing were given to each boy prior to leaving camp.
The five areas that were assessed included the following :
1. Devotions based on the gospel of Mark “Agents of God’s Kingdom” were completed each day
2. Discover Melbourne (which included a visit to the MCG)
3. Electives (on offer was caving, mountain biking, 4WD, helicopter flight, surfing, body boarding, 10 pin bowling, video production, kayaking, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, trout fishing. AmazeNthings, )
4. Woolamai Walk
5. Participation in on site adventure activities, which included High ropes, Giant Swing Canoeing and Flying Fox
Each day, boys were challenged to carry out “Andy’s Five actions for the day”
Rallies were held on four evenings, with messages from Rohan Waters and worship led by Tim Evans and his band from Croydon Hills Baptist. We were fortunate to also have well known gospel singers - Simeon and Compliments of Gus present their music on these nights as well.
We praise God for those boys who committed their lives to Christ at the Thursday Rally Night.
Campers were kept abreast of what went on in camp with Video highlights shown at breakfast and reading PAC Print published each day.
A first for PACs was the the largest Wide Game attempted at a BB Camp in Victoria with 280 participants in “Bible Runners” bible smuggling simulation game which kept the boys entertained for most of the evening.
One evening was devoted to visiting the Penguin Parade on sunset.
PACV8 Volleyball competition was won by visitors from Cook Islands. Runners up was from 3rd Caboolture.
One new feature of this camp was appointing an Officer Mentor for each camp company. This worked well having those who had held senior roles on previous camps supporting key leaders on this one.
Seniors Club was run again with the usual indoor sports tables with the addition of Wiis. Spaghetti wrestling was a hit. Seniors Night in the main hall was great fun with Gladiator Challenge, Bungee Run, and Human Soccer Table.
Juniors meanwhile were treated to A Great Debate !
During camp, free time was spent in the pool, hanging out with mates in the cafeteria titled “The Pits”, playing table tennis or challenging each other in the computer games room.
On the morning of the last day, PACV8 Open Day, campers and their visitors were entertained by Motor Cycle Stunt Team ‘Crossing the Gap”and later in that day by Christian stunt rider, David Russell.
Farewell was given to Jeff Hockey, National Executive Officer during closing ceremony
Many thanks to God for his enabling for the three years of preparation and for the great team of workers in the Victorian Committee as well as those from interstate on camp whose leadership made it all come together. Our hope and prayer was that all campers return home with a real desire to make a difference in the lives of those where they live as a more effective agents of God’s Kingdom as a result of being at PACV8.
Report prepared by Camp Director, Keith Skilbeck