A blog for Rypen, a camp run each year by Rotary for teenagers. There are lots of Rypen camps run around the world, all different. This one runs in Perth Western Australia in Rotary's 947 District. Rypen stands for Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. A bit of a daggy name for what is really a very cool camp.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Rypen on the net

I've done a little surfing and found heaps of Rypen web pages. There are hundreds of Rypen camps run in Rotary Districts all round the world. I've put a few links to some sites on the sidebar.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

One week on

Hi guys
This time last week we were recovering from the Money Challenge and getting ready for the Survivor Journey. Nice to see plenty of people visiting the site and leaving comments. If you'd like some pictures or stories included on the Rypen Blog you can send stuff to me at my email address whic was on the list you were sent after camp by Viet.
It's not a good idea to put your email address on here cause it attracts a lot of SPAM.

I'll be back in Perth tomorrow night and we leave on the trip to Uluru at 6 o'clock Monday morning! I'm not looking forward to the early mornings but in other ways the trip is like a mobile camp, a road trip, with many similar aims to Rypen. There'll be fun with a purpose but the purpose is a bit more clear and common for the whole group.
Vareena from Rypen is coming to Uluru too along with a friend Tash who came to Rypen last year.
I'm a little nervous about the trip just because I've never been before and it will be pretty intense, but I am looking forward to it, especially to seeing the Rock for the first time.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Rypen 2006

What a great looking bunch of campers. You guys rocked!
BTW Love those helmets Dylan and Grassy were wearing in preparation for Don't Let Go!
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Mug Shots pt 4

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Mug Shots pt 3

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Mug Shots pt 2

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Mug Shots pt 1

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Artist at work!

Pedro, Vareena and Demelza all helped out with the screen printing which used Simona's star in the design and looked pretty good apart from a couple of smudged prints. Posted by Picasa

You've either got it, or you haven't!!

As Richard Pryor said to Gene Wilder in The Silver Streak, "How come you whities got such a tight ass!"
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T-shirt design, road safety, water conservation, we cover it all at Rypen

Any excuse for Danny to get his shirt off, and fool people with his heart monitor implant! Posted by Picasa

Cooking workshop crew making morning tea, including sushi

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Sunday Morning workshops

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WARNING to the sensitive, horrible picture ahead, posted in the interests of public safety and because it is very funny in a sick and twisted sort of

Warning

Horrible picture ahead

Truly disgusting

Yes I'm serious

You will not like it



Unless you're a teenager

or a person with a base sense of humour who likes seeing things that should not be seen!

Trust me, this is not pretty!

Funny yes, pretty no!


Dylan was doing so well at the Berocca and soda water challenge.

Just a shame he had to add a spoonful of ENO to the mix1


Effervescence

Froth

Expulsion

Colour

Action

Projection

this picture has got it all!


Reminds me of Gene Simmons in a disturbing sort of way!

You have been warned

Proceed at your own risk!

I take no responsibilty for what you voluntarily enter into!


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Adam + Berocca + Soda water = a very funny mess

I just posted this on my regular blog by mistake. This game was part of the Gutsy Gamble, a collection of stunts involving food, mess and fun. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

I can do it with PaddlePop sticks!

Trying, unsuccessfully, to defuse the Nuclear Bomb, Sharolina had us ROTFL! Posted by Picasa

De-Constructing the Tower of Power

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Constructing the Tower of Power

Gotta love those petro-chemical molecular cuboids!! Posted by Picasa

The Spider's Web

One of the most challenging elements on the Survivor Journey and thus one of the best is always the spider's web, complete with big black hairy spider. Posted by Picasa

Crossing the Great Divide

The Survivor Journey is always a big hit at Rypen and is a particular favourite of the team. Posted by Picasa

This smells like plastic!

My apologies again to our small group for forgetting their IDs on the first night. Thankfully I was able to make amends when I found these blow up hands at Thingz in Armadale. Posted by Picasa

The Money Challenge !

Everyone's favourite part of Rypen, Not! The Money Challenge was a marathon this year, lasting over 3 hours and wearing people out with it's intensity. We know it's going to be tough, we expect and plan for it to be difficult, so it wasn't a surprise to the team that it took a long time and got people stirred up. That's one of the reasons we include it on the camp. It's part of healthy group development to undergo a destabilising challenge and see how they cope with it. The jargon for this is "Forming, Norming, Storming, Conforming, Performing"
The Money Challenge provides the storm. But, despite the difficulty and controversy, you guys did really well and the outcome was very positive. People learnt about themselves and other people, got to participate in a consensus decision making exercise as opposed to just voting on it, drew closer to people and got to give a very special gift to one camper. I spoke to Jodee's Mum at the end of the camp and she was very moved by what had happened and said "Jodee is really close to her Grandmother, she'll definitely be going to see her now".
Although it added to the difficulty of making a final decision, it was good that Noel spent some time thinking about the outcome and decided not to accept his share of the money.
The debriefing time in small groups afterwards was very helpful and by tea time the group had recovered pretty well. Certainly by the time of the Survivor Journey and the Gutsy Gamble the positive mood and fun was well in evidence.

For those of you who question the Money Challenge, rest assured we don't do it lightly or without a lot of thought and preparation. Inviting a large group of teenagers to decide what to do with over $500 is always going to be challenging, therefore significant time is spent in our planning before camp thinking about it and how to run it well. Similiarly we spent an hour talking about it on Sunday night in the team debrief. Our overwhelming consensus was that it is worth the effort and will be included on next year's program, with a few adjustments and improvements as a result of this year's experience.

Perhaps Jodee can send us an email and some pics when she goes to visit her Nan, that would be a special confirmation of the blessing the group gave her at camp.

PS. Despite the "pain" experienced in the Money Challenge, several people put it down as one of the best things about Rypen.
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Pull your pants up Noel!

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Vareen a and Diana watching the pool action from a safe distance.

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Attempting the underwater handstand record at Rypen

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Just your typical bunch of Hungry Jacks customers on any given Saturday in Armadale

After spending the first part of the game in a suit and tie I changed into my Matthew Scarlett afro wig. As I was walking back to HJ's at the end a woman in a car leaned out and said "Are you wearing that for a bet?"
I replied with suitable indignation, "What do you mean? That's pretty rude"
She didn't know whether to believe me or what to say after that!
One of the best parts of the fugitive is psyching the kids out by pretending we don't know what's going on. This can be pretty embarrassing for them cause they have to sing the lines of a song in order to identify us and we're supposed to sing a line back.

I say, "Don't you know?"
You say, you don't know.
I say "Take me out!"
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Transformation of the Armadale Fugitives

I sometimes refer to Rypen as Dress-Up Camp! With Men in Black on Friday night and the Fugitives on Saturday morning the team spend more time dressing up in disguises than they do in their regular clothes! Regan was pretty happy he wasn't the only one with silly dreadlocks at HJ's at lunchtime and there was more mullet action going on than a bogan barbie in Footscray.
Demelza indulged her passion for orange, Dylan took a lumch break on the lawn and Viet donned his hard hat and actually went for a walk through the construction zone of the new shopping centre carrying a large steel pipe! Next year promises to be even more fun with double the number of hiding places once the shopping centre extension is finished.

I say "Don't you know?"
You say you don't know
I say, "Take me out!"
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The first round of workshops on Saturday morning

Black and White with Regan, Greener than Ninja Turtles with Noel and Rachel, The Apprentice with Dylan and Viet, What's in the Wheel with Emily and Clare and Dear Me with Demelza. All the workshops got good reviews in the evaluations. Not sure how that wonky table is supposed to create a good impression though boys. Grassy managed to strike a meditative pose for the picture whilst presenting the workshop, Rachel nodded wisely, the kids breathe in the incense fumes! Posted by Picasa