Camp Orange: The Final Frontier

Nickelodeon's Camp OrangeMaude Garrett and eight kids venture into the gross outdoors in Camp Orange: The Final Frontier.

WHAT'S COOLER THAN a swimming carnival, hotter than a sports day in summer and slimier than a forgotten banana in your backpack?

Camp Orange, of course, and this year counsellor Maude Garrett is taking four lucky teams of best friends on an unforgettable bush bash in Camp Orange: The Final Frontier.

Located an hour or so from Sydney on a clearing near the banks of the Hawkesbury River, a cluster of wood cabins are camp headquarters to the teams The One Hit Wonders, Cheese and Crackers, Llamas in Pyjamas and Saddled Up Sickos. And just a short walk away, down by a creek, sits one of the biggest patches of slime you've ever seen.

The teams, who were chosen from more than 1000 entries, have to contend with mazes, kayaks, mud pits, plates of worms and the dreaded slime. But Garrett says these kids can handle just about any of the messiest, grossest challenges the Nickelodeon crew can throw at them.

"This year we really lucked out because we've got kids from the country, kids from the city, kids who love to be indoors all day playing video

games and they come out here and freak a bit. The girls are really sporty and adventurous and we've got other girls who look really pretty but love to get dirty."

Now in the series' fifth year, it's going to take more than just being the kings or queens of the crud to take home the grand prize. In a new twist on the Camp Orange formula, Garrett explains how the campers have to vote for the best and fairest team to decide who will win the "Champ Orange" crown.

"This year it's different because we have Champ Orange, which is the favourite team as voted by all the campers. After every day they vote for the favourite team, individually, and if someone keeps wanting to be selfish, competitive and everything like that [they] won't get the vote," she says.

"So it's how you play the game now, you have to be strategic. If you suck up too much it's like, 'You're not getting my vote, you're just a suck up,' so you've really got to be generally good at the game, play fair and play nice."