CAMO, the Collaboration of Australian Muslim Organisations, held its first-ever youth camp from Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December at the Outdoor Adventure Camp’s Castle Mountain campsite at Webbs Creek, near Wisemans Ferry.

About ninety high school and university students enjoyed both extreme challenges and pure excitement with the high ropes course, abseiling 25m cliffs and the ‘AquaParkRock-It’ activities led by a combination of certified OAC staff and Mr Siddiq Soeker, also a qualified outdoor education instructor.

The messiest and most hilarious activity was undoubtedly the Mud Pit Challenge, where campers competed in crawling, sliding, climbing and swinging their way over and through a mud and clay-strewn obstacle course. Even their own mothers would not have recognised them by the end of that escapade!

Other highlights included ‘The Amazing Race’ contest with its $100 prize money, the fiercely competitive Islamic Trivia Quiz and recreational swimming in the refreshing tidal waters of Webbs Creek.

Without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of camping is the food, and the voracious appetites of the campers were well satisfied by the caterers, ‘Abu Aisha & Sons’. No stomach was left unfilled.

The camp was structured to be run mostly by the young university men, the aptly named Ansar (Helpers). They did a tremendous job of managing the boys, overseeing their activities, encouraging and praising their involvement and role modeling good manners all at the same time.

As this was the inaugural camp organised by CAMO, comprising the Australian Islamic Mission (AIM), Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle (IPDC), Islamic Forum for Australian Muslims (IFAM) and IQRO Australia New Zealand, the emphasis was on having fun and getting to know each other.

The boys did, however, enjoy a couple of short inspirational talks delivered by Sheikh Abu Hurairah, Imam of St Marys mosque.

Everyone involved was happy to receive a Certification of Appreciation for their efforts at the end of proceedings.

The only real complaint from the boys was…..the lack of mobile reception! Funnily enough, the organisers thought this was one of the better aspects of the camp.