A group of intrepid Lower School pupils have just returned from a 3-day Activity Camp in the Forest of Dean. Activities they enjoyed included: rock climbing, campfire building, caving, canoeing and cooking their own food. Below are highlights from the trip.
After a long drive from Oakham we arrived at the Biblins Youth Campsite and our accommodation 'The Burrow'. Once all the kit, food and other paraphernalia had been unpacked, the pupils set off on their first session of bushcraft. After an introduction to knives, axes and the danger of trees and dead fall, they set off to build fires, shelters and cook bread on the fires they had built. Later there was a chance to go climbing and abseiling at Bog Rock before cooking their evening meal on Trangia stoves. Bedtime was quite drawn out as everyone, including the staff, were in high spirits.
Wake up on Sunday was at 7.00am which some found quite hard! This was followed by breakfast and the pupils' second session of survival skills that taught them how to purify water and build cooking fires with pot stands. Later we headed out to Clearwell for our mid level caving trip with face painting and quite tight squeezes to go through. We're hoping that the sun continues to shine (or at least stays dry) for our BBQ tonight. Everyone islooking forward to canoeing on the river tomorrow and attacking Symonds Yat Rapids before heading home.
Following a fantastic BBQ and blazing fire, we all had a good night's sleep despite the heavy rain. An early start with packing and breakfast thrown in before we started our final activity which was canoeing down the majestic River Wye in open canoes. Some took a little longer than others to master the techniques required but all got there eventually and tackled the rapids magnificently. A last chance for a swim in the river before making lunch and heading home. I'm not sure how many managed to find the showers but the bus has definitely got a strange smell!!!