Follow us on this amazing trip where we will challenge ourselves and work as a great team with friends from Albert Village!
Day One at the Adventure International Household!
Wow! What a first day so far. Everybody has been really challenging themselves to face their fears and achieve their goal. Thrown straight in this year with Climbing and High Ropes, everyone has got stuck in and climbed higher than ever before… Many surprising themselves.
Climbing has seen us bouldering, learning the name for different holds and grips on the wall and using this new found knowledge to help us to reach as high as possible. We have been amazingly resilient when pushing ourselves when on the brink of giving up.
So many children oozing in confidence. At High Ropes, everyone has been involved. From taking a stroll around the top of the High Ropes Course to climbing to the top to take the Leap of Faith. Showing reciprocity when working with old and new friends from Albert Village in attempting to make it altogether on the All Aboard to weaving their way through the Twister. Everyone has shown great positivity in the challenges that they have set themselves. A truly great day so far!
Day 2: Wet Day!
A wet day… and most definitely NOT because of rain. It started off wet with even more crazy swimmers this morning; including Mr Moffat. Here’s the photographic evidence. He was a little pale when he got out of the sea pool.
For our activities today, we have been kayaking and surfing (although sadly, due to the glorious weather that we are enjoying, there is very little surf- That’s not stopping the fun though!)
In Kayaking, we went down the river, some of us doing some great steering and paddling, some of us slowly drifting away before being recused by our very kind instructors. We played games, splashed each other. We even fell in. Fantastic comedy moments.
It was ‘battle with the wetsuits: part 1’ day today. Luckily, we all managed to get in them, even if we were walking a little bit like zombies to begin with. Unfortunately, the beautiful weather has meant that we have been lacking waves and so Surfing has been interesting. It has still been great fun though; building rafts and playing games, as well as some of us managing to stand up on our boards when we were in the sea. We did have to be careful not to disturb the dangerous ‘sea-badgers’ though. Hopefully we can look forward to a few more waves when it is our turn to take on body-boarding on Thursday.
Today, some of us have been abseiling and the rest of us mountain biking. We have all been able to take part in caving.
Today, the wind has picked up a bit, which is looking good for Body boarding tomorrow… It’s like someone read our blog and ordered the weather for us. With this in mind, there was some serious wind chill, but we had a few different crazy swimmers this morning. They are really embracing it. Great stuff Guys!
We mixed groups today so that we could get our first choice of activity; abseiling or mountain biking. Both groups embraced their activities and tried things that they hadn’t before. Again, we really showed how we use the 4Rs and Learning Habits at Oakthorpe.
Day 4: Body Boarding and Team Trail
What another brilliant day. The sun has been shining but the waves have come to party. Today, sadly, is our last full day, but what a day we have had. Amazing reciprocity has been shown by all throughout the day, but especially during Team Trail, where everyone worked together to tackle the dangerous ‘jungle’ or ‘swamp’ and avoid the blood thirsty sea-badgers. We got through the mazes of doom and across the woodworm riddled bridge.
As it has been said on a few occasions… Great waves today. Everyone has thrown themselves in. Riding the waves. Picking themselves up and going again. There was lots of encouragement for our friends.
Tonight, it was our presentation night. Some of us were awarded t-shirts as prizes for the ‘joker’, ‘bottle’ and ‘superstar’ awards. Incredibly, this year, along with some of our friends from Albert Village, Tutor Group E With Jenks won SuperTeam of the Week. Throughout the week, we earned SuperTeam points, but using our Learning Habits, the 4Rs and amazing ABC skills. Not only this, but by tidying our rooms well and taking part in the morning runs and swims, we kept contributing to our team score. Three of our children were part of this lucky winning team.
Our award winners.
Although only some of us won prizes this week, everyone is very much a winner, having challenged themselves and overcome fears. We have pushed ourselves to our limits and beyond and are now exhausted. We celebrated this in styles with our tutors before we ended the night.
Our amazing tutors: Vinnie, Charles, Jenks and Ross
Before we head home tomorrow, we will have to strip our beds and make sure that we are packed. (Fingers crossed we managed to bring home everything that we brought to Bude with us!) After this, we will head out with our tutors for one final activity down the beach. We will be learning about beach life and beach safety. If we are lucky, we might even be able to catch some crabs!
What a fantastic week we have had. Massive thank you to everyone who has helped to make this such a huge success, including all of our new friends from Albert Village. It has been a pleasure. Well done everyone!!!