Cooking for 150 people is all part of a day’s work for Camp Columba volunteer Heather Tripp.
She had been volunteering for 19 years and had helped out at many camps, Mrs Tripp said.
“I’ve been a camp nurse and a camp cook.”
She enjoyed being part of a world of fun and adventure, she said.
“It’s great to see the kids get opportunities.
“It’s all about the impact on the kid.
“It can make a difference for the rest of their lives.”
Some children who attended the camps might not have had many such opportunities before, she said.
The children learned to play hard, work hard and work together.
Tiredness was the main challenge of being a volunteer at camp.
“It’s a very physical job.”
Depending on how many people were in a camp group, she could be feeding large numbers.
“I’ve fed up to 150 people.”
Children would help out in the kitchen, she said.
“We have a lot of laughs but you do need to be patient.”
The routine had been finessed during her time there.
“We serve lunches cold, not cooked, now.
“It saves a lot of time.”
The nurse’s job was also an important one, she said.
“The camp is very on to it with safety.”
However, there had been concussions and even an ambulance callout in her time.
The issue was not camp activities such as high ropes but rather children playing rough-and-tumble games such as the tellingly named game “sticks and stones”.
Her daughter Danielle Tripp had kept the family tradition going by becoming a volunteer when she was old enough, Mrs Tripp said.
“I loved being a camper myself,” Miss Tripp said.
She became a camp leader when she was older.
However, she had not been able to volunteer as much as she would like since she started attending university, she said.
“As a leader you can control how much fun the kids have,” she said.
“If you are excited, they are excited.”