Year 7 Camping Extravaganza

Year 7 Camping Extravaganza

The Year 7 Camp had good weather and an idyllic venue, which made for a wonderful first camping experience. Leaving after school on Friday the students were really excited and because their behaviour was so good we managed to get away by 4pm.

After the drive over the Tamar we arrived at the camp where the first arrivals helped Mr Alcock unload the van and lay out everyone’s bags to make them easy to fi nd. They did this really well and the help was appreciated. The students explored the area for a short while then all students watched a demonstration on how to set up a tent. Then the organised chaos ensued as students (many of them for the first time ever) tried to replicate this feat. After some corrections the site eventually looked and felt like it was full of camping veterans. Miss Davey and Mrs Roberts then served a feast of baked potatoes, beans and cheese.

The evening involved a chance to really explore the woods with many games of ‘sniper’, where students dodged branches, roots and the torch beams of the hunting staff to find the hidden torch at the far end of the woods. Thank you very much to Miss Warring and Mr Le Marquand for being such fun hunters! We finished off the evening by drinking hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows by the fire while Mr Cleverley helped the children to sing with his guitar. It was very impressive how many joined in with each chorus. Of course at this point all the students were very tired and settled down, going to sleep straight away, well not quite, but overall they were excellent.

There was some heavy rain in the night but the students stayed dry, proving how well they’d prepared their tents. In the morning some free time before breakfast saw many students playing in the woods, others chatting about the night or exploring the area, some even found a frog! More excellent behaviour and much improved listening allowed us to pack the van and get away on time. The trip was planned to wet the student’s appetite to engage with other outdoor and adventurous experiences in future years, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities club and other exciting expeditions.

I would like to thank all the dedicated staff who contributed to the trip by volunteering their time and eff ort including Mr Carpenter, Miss Newberry, Miss Davey, Miss Warring, Mrs Roberts, Mr Davis, Mr Cleverley, Mr Le Marquand, Mrs Evans, Mr Whitfi eld, Mrs Bevan and especially Mr Marner for providing such a wonderful venue. Many thanks for making the trip a truly special experience.

Mr Alcock
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Coach