My latest trek took place on February 23, 2013, to the Hollywell National Park, found in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. My Rotaract club hosts an annual camping trip to Hollywell dubbed “Survivor”. This was the fourth staging and my second Survivor. I have to get it out there from now that I AM NOT CAMPING MATERIAL……no way shape or form.
We departed from UTECH at 12 mid-day and it was an adventure. The day started with a few of my friends having to pick a car lock after another friend left his key in his car. I never knew I knew so many potential car-jackers ha hhahahaha…..better yet Jacks & Janes of numerous trades….locksmithing at the top of the list.
We arrived at Hollywell at around 2 PM or so and we started of the day with team challenges. We were split into three teams and the first challenge was to make fire. It was a great team building activity because we had limited options to choose from to make this a reality lol. The next challenged involved us running a mile away from camp to The Gap Cafe Bed & Breakfast. We had to take a picture of the team planking there & another at the Hollywell Sign. Points were allocated to the most creative pictures and the first teams to finish the challenge. This challenge proved how UNFIT I am!
After resting a bit, we were then challenged to a balloon passing race. We first had to use our elbows then our knees. The first team to do so with without the balloon falling were the winners. Unfortunately my team wasn’t the fittest or strongest but we were the most disciplined!
After the sunset the real fun began! We were lucky enough to have Ipods, Iphones & Ipads galore! so entertainment was not in short order. We also built a bonfire, played dominoes and Circle of Death (a very memorable drinking games which I will outline in a future post hopefully). We spent the latter part of the night talking and bonding.
This year we didn’t opt for a cabin so roughing it was the order of the day! I can’t believe I slept outside in a tent! Despite the backache, I had fun sleeping under the stars.
The next day we took a hike to the Waterfall on the property. I was very reluctant to make the trek but it paid off. Overall the experience was wonderful & I am anticipating next year!!!!!!
I recommend the Hollywell Experience to anyone! It is an amazing bonding & team-building experience. So try it with your family or friends! You won’t regret it!
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