Words cannot do justice to how amazing both the experience and the children have been. We are so proud of each and every child, who have pushed themselves, enjoyed new challenging activities and learnt life-changing skills.
We set off in beautiful sunshine, and after a long and winding journey, arrived in Bowness for our lunch and ice creams on the shore. All aboard the Windermere ferry, we headed 40 minutes south to Lakeside where we were met by our fantastic instructors from Mountain Magic and Real Adventure (who have both been absolutely incredible the last few days!)
To get our bearings, we headed up Gummers How where we enjoyed a 360-degree panorama of our location – we could even see the sea and our home county of Yorkshire! The children ran, explored and also spent time by themselves contemplating the awesomeness of where we were. Winding our way back to the minibuses, we climbed trees and identified all the sights we could see.
Fuelled with fish and chips back in Bowness, we then headed up Scout Scar. This historic, limestone ridge has views back across the Lakes, and the sunset topped off our day as the sky turned pink and orange. The children used the rocks to build walls and cairns – some of them even had fossils that our talented instructors helped the children to understand.
Onwards to the school. We set up our beds, packed our rucksacks for the following day and enjoyed a film before bed.
An early start but well worth it. A full English set up a brilliant day of canoeing and ghyll scrambling around Coniston Water. We split into two groups, switching at lunchtime. The first group canoed, playing games and heading down the lake. The added bonus, was seeing Kate Middleton arrive in the royal helicopter in the field behind our minibus! One of the best things about canoeing is the risk of capsizing and the two who did so handled it perfectly listening to the instructors, one swimming to shore and the other learning how to get back into the boat.
The other group scrambled up a river, getting soaking wet jumping into pools and scrambling up rocks. One child described it as ‘the best experience, a 10/10’, which is what this is all about!
At lunch we switched over, and an equally fantastic experience was had by all.
In the evening, we headed to the restaurant where the children enjoyed a wonderful dining experience, but also some fantastic food to replenish their energy supplies – a huge thank you to all the staff for making our children so welcome.
Back to the school for another film with popcorn, sweets and drinks! Lights out.
Having enjoyed a sublime continental breakfast, we packed up our bags and headed out for our bush craft skills experience. We made fires using sparks and used Kelly Kettles to brew up some water for our hot chocolates. The rest of the morning was spent playing wide games until the coach picked up the children to return to school.
The children have been an absolute delight, and we are so thankful for the privilege of spending time with each and every one of them. A huge thank you to you, also, for allowing us to have them in our care. I know this write up doesn’t do the individual stories justice, and we trust that they will be sharing their personal stories this week and for years to come.