Last week our 25 excited Year 5s set off for the woods of Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire with Bushcraft, the outdoor adventure specialists.
Following a swift trek into the heart of the forest, the children were quickly camouflaged, given a safety briefing and then set to work on their first task of the day; building a shelter. Teamwork, perseverance and creative problem-solving were all in evidence as the two 'tribes' built and then advertised their shelters. Next it was on to Woodland First Aid, with acting skills in evidence as our 'casualties' were placed in the recovery position (courtesy of much rolling around and general hilarity). Dinner followed by marshmallows toasted on the camp fire went down a treat and everyone was more than ready for bed!
The next morning, some bleary-eyed campers quickly devoured a Full English before a workshop on trapping. Having designed traps for everything from squirrels to teachers, lunch was cooked over fires built by the tribes themselves. As the afternoon drew to a close, we struck camp, trekked back through the forest and clambered, exhausted onto the buses.
An incredible two days was had by all, with many new skills learned and fantastic experiences shared.