Fantastic Year 8 CampOn Friday 5th May, the year 8 MAT students attended their first ever wild camp with no access to toilets and various other modern day luxuries. In year 7, they stayed overnight in a bunkhouse so this was going to be a real test for them.
We camped just off the moor in Ivybridge on a farm. When we arrived, it was straight in to a tent demo by Mr Alcock and Mr White whilst Mr Saberton and Miss Symons erected the tipi. However, the tipi soon surrendered itself to the strong gusts and they were unable to get it up. The students did really well putting their tents up in such conditions and despite the high wind, their homes for the evening were ready.
After this it was time for them to be given some responsibility and cook their tea on Trangias. They managed to find a nice sheltered area were they were able to cook pasta and sauce. After dinner, it was time for a walk to the summit of Western Beacon just in time to see the beautiful sun set. It was a steep climb to the top and when we eventually got there, the wind was so strong we could literally lean our bodies into it and it would keep us standing!
By the time we got back down and back to the camp site, it was late and everyone was tired from a very busy evening so it was straight to bed ready for a bright start and some wide games the next day. Thank you to all the staff involved in the camp especially Mr Cota, Mr Saberton and Mr White for giving up some of their weekends and Mr Carpenter for his visit on Saturday morning.