Y7 Adventure Service Challenge
Girls go back to nature and learn important survival skills in the outdoors.
23 girls from Y7 came to Rutland over the June weekend as part of the Adventure Service Challenge Award, which they started earlier in the year. The weather forecast was ominous for their trip but the girls battled through the rain and we had some good spells of sunshine throughout. Two former pupils plus two Sixth Formers also came to help with the groups and teach them how to pack a rucksack, put up a tent and cook on a trangia (outdoor stove). As part of the ASC requirements all girls completed a 9km walk, navigating their way through the Rutland countryside. We visited the Ospreys at the Lyndon Visitor Centre on the shores of Rutland Water (part of the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust) and learnt about the Countryside Code on our walk. Once back in camp, they cooked their own pasta tea and then enjoyed toasting marshmallows and eating chocolate around a fire pit.
The following day was full of more activity, starting with learning knife skills with Andy Rowlinson from First 4 Adventure UK and making an arrow for a throwing competition. They also had some mini competitions with building towers out of sticks and putting up a tent blind-folded! Having made packed lunches, we then travelled to Rutland Water and enjoyed looking over the water followed by another two hours of high ropes and climbing, led by the instructors at Rock-Blok. Sadly a large storm curtailed our climbing but overall it was a brilliant two days!
The girls were brilliant to be with and it was lovely seeing them having such fun in the outdoors!
Special thanks to my Gold helpers (Jo, Sorcha, Rose and Anya) and Mrs Whalley, Mrs Haresign and Mrs Brittain who accompanied the trip.