The weather was brilliant again today, which was fantastic as it was our last full day here in the River Dart.
Groups 1 and 2
This morning we had a fantastic time caving in the muddiest and wettest in Europe! Kitted out in our caving suits, wellies and helmets we squirmed our way through many passageways, through the mud. We even slid down a mud slide and went as deep into the caves as possible to see a lake. We witnessed beehive stalagmites and squeezed through teeny tiny worm holes! Unfortunately, because we were caked in mud and were sliding on our bellies, we were not allowed to take cameras so there are no photos of us in the cave! After, we washed our kit off in a lake! The children are incredibly lucky as not many residentials have an activity like this, so not many children can say they’ve been caving in real caves in Dartmoor!
This afternoon, we monkeyed around on the high ropes, swinging from big trees on site. There were a variety of obstacles such as zip wires, cargo nets, rope ladders, balancing beams and seesaws. It was great fun and the children were brilliant at encouraging each other. They were all very determined to do the hard challenge on each obstacle.
Groups 3 and 4
Groups 3 and 4 had great fun doing the high ropes this morning, followed by caving this afternoon. Again, the camera wasn’t allowed in the caves so we apologise for no photos!
Groups 5 and 6
Groups 5 and 6 had climbing and walking today, luckily the weather held out for them! They loved the ice cream van and really enjoyed challenging themselves to get to the top of the climbing wall.
Tonight we had a shelter build and a camp fire. The children worked in their teams to build a shelter in a particular area of the wood. Us staff also had our own group! Many groups had state-of-the-art structures with the added bonus of jacuzzis and garages! After, we played some games around the campfire and sang some songs. Mrs Bravington had the forfeit of dancing around the fire like a chicken and I had the pleasure of singing ‘baa baa black sheep’ in an operatic voice (thanks Mrs Hillier!) We have video evidence (an even bigger thank you). If you click on the link below, it will download the video so you can see for yourself (and realise why I have never auditioned for X-Factor!)
We cannot believe how quickly this week has flown. We have truly and utterly enjoyed every single second and wish we could stay for longer. The children have been brilliant and although many have admitted to missing home and being exhausted now, they say they would like to stay for a few more days too.
Tomorrow is our last day and we all have a fantastic last activity to accomplish before heading home. Because of this, I will be doing the blog for the last day on Friday evening (if i’m awake) or over the weekend so keep an eye out.
We are all looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow when we get off the bus; your comments on the blog have made it all worthwhile and the children have constantly been asking whether their parents have put a comment. It’s been great to see grandparents getting involved too!
Goodnight from all of us!