Yay camp!

May. 2nd, 2010 06:50 pm
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Camp was fantastic again.  I think that MonUCS has really hit the spot with the revue and similar group-stuff.  I know that not everyone was having a perfect time, but a lot of people were having a really good time, and more importantly, I think that a lot of the Society activity and so on hit the spot.  Revue ran for a long time, - for the most part, it felt really relaxed, that people could perform several items - and most importantly, it felt really inclusive (a couple of wrinkles acknowledged).  First camps often have a few brave freshers trying their hand, but I think the way everything ran made it seem like All Are Welcome.

Drinking also seemed to be about right, at least, for the period I was there.  On the first night, where I was pouring drinks, it seemed that the normal thing for those getting stuff from the communal pot was to get about 2 standards.  One fresher (miss E) noticed that a surprising amount of her vodka got drunk, so either she drank more than she had realised, without ill effects, or somebody pilfered some.  I don't know.  I was also really pleased that a lot of non-alcoholic stuff was being drunk and eaten from the communal pot.

I don't know how drinking went on the second night after I left, but I do know that I was having a great time, and really didn't want to leave!  Scots' may often be musically satisfying, but I loooove MonUCS people.

Also, while it's fresh in everyone's mind, lets get some review comments on the campsite, for Claire's successors' sakes:

1) Distance: Gembrook: 45 km, 1 hour from Monash ♪♪♪½
2) Rehearsal hall: Shared as dining area, adjacent to kitchen.  Decent size, with decent chairs. Good accoustic, apart from the noise.  Comfortably rehearsed XX number of people (could have held more if we'd moved the couches).  Noisy heating system + woodfire that triggered asthma problems.  Fridge also noisy.  ♪♪♪ 1/2 to  4♪

I never got to the other building.

3) Dorms: Part of main building.  Most dorm rooms (5) long and very narrow, with 12 beds.  Also 4 dorms of 6 beds. Slat based-bunks with AT LEAST SOME good quality foam mattresses.   ♪♪♪♪

4) Kitchen/dining:  seemed a little pokey.  the utensils were in a groovy plastic drawer thing.   ♪♪♪ ???

5) Heating:  Wood-based heater and some other noisy fan system that may have been part of the heating, kept main area toasty warm.  Smoke a possible problem.  Dorms got some flow-on heat, but were a little chilly on a cool april night.  ♪♪♪ 1/2 to  4♪

6) Bathroom & Toilets: Plenty of decent quality toilets and sinks.  Showers had decent heads; some showers a little breezy.  One area stank - this may have been because of (a) urinally area (unlikely) (b) being near septic tank or something? (c) toilets not flushing.  Water for flushing just stopped in a number of toilets.  I'd probably have given them ♪♪♪♪ if they'd all worked properly

7) Other: Cozy couches around fire.  Games area in other building didn't seem to get used much.  Awkward dorm shape encouraged socialising to happen in main area - probably a good thing. 

Date: 2010-05-02 09:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nclean.livejournal.com
Whilst there were a few hitches, on balance it generally seemed a pretty darn fine site. However, the camp price seemed high, so I'm not sure that it's going to become a staple (depends on what everyone wants, of course)

Date: 2010-05-03 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mawaridi.livejournal.com
The cost was very high and we undercharged on the concession price and subsequently made a loss on the camp :-/ It was thought that if we charged $75/$85 not many people would attend for the full weekend so I think the decision to keep prices down was a good one, but it did kind of backfire. I can't see us using this campsite again because although it was laid out brilliantly for social stuff and not too terribly for rehearsing (loved the cosy couch area, and I agree about the awkward dorm shape = communal socialising, which I think is great), it was very expensive compared to places like Golden Valleys we have been to in recent years.

Date: 2010-05-02 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] traeemery.livejournal.com
The smell in the loos may have been due to the gray water system.
On the kitchen front, I'd suggest for future camps at that site, that the caterer not plan any food that requires electric appliances. Poor Pat had to stick his head in at one point to ask when we'd be finished with the beaters! It was extremely steamy in the kitchen with the hatch closed and impossible to work in there for long periods without putting the extractor fan on to cool down. For a summer camp, you could do an outdoor lunch to save some of the kitchen noise.
Otherwise, it was such a beautiful site! The couches and the lovely countryside, definately a winner.

Date: 2010-05-02 10:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturalredhead.livejournal.com
most importantly, it felt really inclusive (a couple of wrinkles acknowledged)

What were these wrinkles?

Date: 2010-05-02 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paul-the-bass.livejournal.com
There was another building????!

Date: 2010-05-02 11:57 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dzurlady.livejournal.com
My reaction exactly!

Date: 2010-05-02 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] originaluddite.livejournal.com
I saw a garage of some sort on my walk (the grounds were rather nice for this on the sunny Saturday).

Overall I enjoyed the site a lot, mind you as a non-rehearser I had fewer requirements I suspect. I loved the way everything was under one roof - good in particular for a cold weather camp.

You may remember at pub me expressing an interest in pushing for a game of Psychiatrist, but in the end everyone seemed happy in the three or four spontaneous activities that happened after revue.

My overall impression (having been away for a while) is that newer members are integrating well into the group.

Date: 2010-05-03 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mawaridi.livejournal.com
There was a great big shed that contained a couple of indoor basketball courts and a games room (couches, pool tables, table tennis, that sort of thing). I think it was probably avoided because it was unheated and likely to be extremely cold!

Date: 2010-05-03 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bar-barra.livejournal.com
One of the best ever camps for me. It was just lovely and I think MonUCS now is the best it's ever been, pretty much. And that's saying something, given that my memories go back to the Carboniferous Era.


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