Lower School pupils are enjoying a camping adventure in the Forest of Dean this half term, taking part in climbing, abseiling, bushcraft and canoeing. Below are updates from Outdoor Activities Coordinator Mr Steve Gorman:
27 May 2018
The journey to Biblins Youth Campsite on the Wye was smooth and the location of the campsite is fantastic with spectacular views. The pupils' first activity was bushcraft followed by a walk along the river to get ice creams. Everyone then returned to their accommodation, the Burrow, for a Barbeque. Today the pupils are canoeing from Hunts-mans bridge back to camp, after which they will be learning more bushcraft. Later there will be a chance to go abseiling at Bog Rock.
Tha canoe trip was great and all of the pupils paddled in a straight line, which is very unusual! However at Symonds Yat rapids (grade2) the girls in one boat decided to chat as their boat was slowly being swept towards the white water and rocks. They went through the first rapids sideways but managed to sort themselves out by the second. All very exciting to watch??.
When they reached the canoe take-out most pupils decided to go for a swim in the river, which sounded very enjoyable judging by the noise. The timing was great for as they headed back to the Burrow, the heavens opened and there was a tremendous storm with thunder and lightning.
The bushcraft session went well in the afternoon, collecting and purifying water using different methods, making fires and hit chocolate.