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Another busy week in the bush

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

BY: Ross de Villiers

Camp manager blogs are written by our students who each get a chance to lead and manage a group (of their fellow students) for a period of one week.

Taking over the duty of camp manager was an exciting opportunity for me. I got to experience what it’s like to be in a leadership position. Our group is a tight-knit bunch, so everyone performed their duties to the best of their ability, which made my job easier.

Duties as camp manager

A camp manager taking the temperature of a Bushwise student.

As the camp manager, you’re required to check the group’s temperature twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening.You must also ensure that all duties around camp are done. 

One of the most fun tasks as the camp manager is that you get to host an event of your choice on the Wednesday evening. On my hosting night, our group watched a funny movie and enjoyed hot chocolates. We had a blast!

Tracking and shooting

Bushwise students learning their tracks and signs.

This image was taken pre-COVID-19.

We had a very busy and exciting week ahead of us. The students were split into two groups. Group A was tasked with learning their tracks and signs at Colin Patrick Trainers, and group B set off to the shooting range in Tzaneen to acquire their rifle competency certificates. 

The week of tracking has been one of the many highlights of the course so far.

The bush walk

Bushwise students going on a walk.

This image was taken pre-COVID-19.

On Sunday, four of us went on a bush walk with Jack Hutchinson, a Bushwise trainer. On the walk, we encountered a black rhino and her young. 

It was exhilarating to see a rhino in real life and it made me realise just how grateful I am to be having this experience.

We’re hoping that next time we’ll see a leopard! 

Want to learn more about the Bushwise course Ross is taking? Head over to our website.

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