Hindleap Warren

Monday
Our challenges began right from the moment the children arrived at school where we had to pack up the coach in the pouring rain. They quickly learnt that perseverance and resilience will be key attitudes this week. We finally made it to Hindleap Warren safe and sound and after unpacking our bags we had a quick tour of the centre and then had lunch. Soon it was time to get our waterproofs on and start our activities! Some of us did high adventure, with lots of children completing the ‘leap of faith’. Also, lots of children achieved high scores on the crate stack with Megan and Lexie setting the bar high with a score of 16! Other groups went pool canoeing which was great fun but hard work to learn how to turn the canoes and paddle in a straight line! We even learnt how to capsize and then get back in our boat which was much harder than it looked! The children have settled in well and been learning how life works at Hindleap. They have been working well with their groups and offering support and encouragement for others.
 
We have just eaten dinner which was a lovely. We had a large roast and the children are currently enjoying some time with friends in their rooms. We will be going swimming later and hopefully Mrs Burns won’t get splashed or pushed in too much!
 
We are already looking forward to the rest of our activities. Forest adventure tomorrow morning...time to get muddy!!
 
We have been taking lots of photos and will add these to the website at the end of the week.
Tuesday
What a great day! We were ready and raring to go after a good night’s sleep and a great breakfast of bacon and egg muffins. Our first activity of the day was forest adventure! We kitted ourselves out with full waterproofs and wellies, ready to get wet and muddy. After a fairly easy start, we proved ourselves ready to try and work through the levels of adventure to reach level 5. We tackled ‘Dropbear’ infested woodlands, rivers (which were much deeper than we originally thought), boggy terrain filled with ‘welly monsters’ and wet tunnels. All of the children took on the challenge to do the best they could and got as wet and muddy as possible!
 
After a warming lunch of jacket potatoes, we were back outside, wrapped up warmly, ready for more fun! Our activities included crate stack, high adventure and bushcraft. The challenge was on for the children completing the crate stack today with a high goal of 16 being set yesterday. Bianca and Robyn set the standard with a score of 17 - a fantastic effort! The final group had this firmly in their sights and worked brilliantly together. Our champions of the crate stack this year are Isaac H and Samual with a massive score of 21!!! The girls also proved they have the survival skills of Bear Grylls by winning their groups shelter challenge by constructing an impressive shelter, which even contained a sink and tap (not sure if it is working) and toilet.
 
Tonight we are going for a night hike followed by a story and hot chocolate (hopefully with cookies) before bed.
Wednesday and Thursday
Our last two days have been jam packed with adventure! We have learnt about the animals that can be found in the forest around Hindleap, and even got a chance to go out and look for evidence that they are there. This involved looking for tracks and analysing poo! The children then got to hear the legend of the Witches Tree and took it in using all their senses, including taste! On Wednesday afternoon the children split again into their groups for team exercise, obstacles and bushcraft. A particular highlight was toasting marshmallows on their own fires. The day was finished off with a delicious meal and a chance to go swimming.
 
On Thursday the children were back in their groups and facing even more challenges. Some children were tasked with building a working catapult with others having to face their fears and attack the climbing wall. In the afternoon, we joined together to learn how to read maps. The children were split into smaller groups and had to guide us around the forest to a chosen site. Once they had convinced the instructors that were capable map readers, they were let free to enter the forest alone and complete the orienteering challenge. All children arrived back to base on time, in complete groups and achieving some amazing scores with the best reaching 200!
 
None of this though could beat the excitement of tuck and the opportunity to buy their souvenirs! After sharing their purchases the children had time to play their games before having their final hot chocolate of the trip.
 
The children are looking forward to their final day and completing the team challenge. But also excited for coming home and seeing their parents.