Last Friday, after the oral assessments were done, we were off to our campsite in Kleinmond, which is on the South Coast of the Western Cape. The programme, always the highlight of every YB course, was jam-packed.
After some chill time and a welcome lunch, Russell Stevens, head of education at the Two Oceans Aquarium, started a debate amongst the YBs. The topic was a housing development that is planned in an area where there is high plant diversity, including four species only found in this particular area.
The last item for Friday was a late-night rope trail that the YBs needed to get through silently and blindfolded, in groups. This exercise is to show YBs the importance of communication, leadership and teamwork.
Saturday was an early one, with our group arriving at the rocky shores by 7am.
A new addition to the programme is a beach clean-up. Since each YB is required to do a clean-up as part of their certificate requirements, we decided to introduce this aspect into the programme.
The camp was finished off with an evening of concert items, where groups were instructed to do a short skit with environmental messaging. On Sunday, after a rigorous clean-up of the camp and teary goodbyes, we were back on the road to the Two Oceans Aquarium.
A big thank-you to I&J for the sponsorship of this Young Biologist programme. It is another great group of Young Biologists that will now join our volunteers at the touchpool and microscope. So next time you come and visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, go and say hello to our newest ocean ambassadors.