As the sun beat down everyone was working up a sweat. It wasn't easy work, digging deep into the hot sand, collecting firewood, burning the kangaroo tail in the hot flames and scraping off the hair until it was ready to cook in the sandy hole.
Despite the sweltering conditions, the enthusiasm from the group of 16 young people didn't waver. For most it was their first time cooking a roo tail and while some squirmed as they held the tail, they all gave it go.
The exercise was more than just about cooking lunch. They were team building, confidence building, sharing stories about themselves, about their own cultures, their traditional foods and ways of gathering and cooking it. There were also some clear leaders emerging as the morning wore on.
At the end of the camp, the young participants shared their appreciation of being on Uncle Neville's country, learning from him and each other.
Norma from Broome: "Thank you Neville and Jo for letting us stay in your country, making us feel at home and sharing your knowledge with us all. I really appreciated it. Now each and every one of us that came on camp will go home with more knowledge and confidence than we first came to camp."
Neil from Daly River: "It's been great yarning to other people and learning about their culture and what do they do different to Daly River. It's way different than the NT."
Kerryann from Barcaldine: "Thank you Uncle and Aunty for letting me stay in your beautiful country and thank you Simeon and Angelina for sharing your land with us. Thanks to all of you what I will take back with me is some really amazing memories that I will never forget."