Thursday 16th September
The day started off with a silent corridor until waking up time! The children are sleeping very well after their day's activities and are finding it harder to wake up in the morning! A hearty breakfast of croissants followed and as we started to get ready for our final two activities, the morning sky cleared into yet another lovely, sunny, warm day.
Some groups were on the water for raft building and kayaking, whilst others stayed at the centre in the woods for wilderness skills, archery and orienteering. There have been many stories today of perseverance and many children have yet again conquered any worries of doing something for the first time. Teamwork is building as the children get used to working together in different groups to reach their goal. The centre leaders have commented on how well the children have done and how impressed they are with their enthusiasm to manage whatever they do.
This evening we had a BBQ for dinner which was a lovely treat and the children were very impressed with the beef burgers, even comparing them to McDonalds! The vegetarian options impressed also!
We decided that on such a lovely evening it would be really special to go down to the beach to finish as we started the week. It was the most amazing sight as the sun set over a lapping calm sea. The children either enjoyed the rock pools, or digging in the wet sand or 'chilling out' on the powdery dry sand.
We walked home by torch light and we were very impressed at how the children walked so sensibly - they have done an enormous amount of walking this week and the final walk tonight was tough for some, but they did it without any complaints to their credit ............. and it really was worth it!
There are mixed emotions tonight as the children are sad to go after a super week but can't wait to come home and see their families. We will be leaving the centre at 9:30am tomorrow to go souvenir shopping in Barworth and then will be back on the road to aim to arrive at school, traffic permitting, at 4:30pm. We will keep you up to date with times as the journey progresses.
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!