This all began when we were told to pack a bag with everything we would need for dinner, breakfast and a camp out. Then we were sent on our way armed with a map and compass to try and find our campsite for the night.
|We love walking in the rain!|
|pleasant walk up to lunch stop|
For most of us this was an obvious no and we were all set to turn back and try another route had it not been for Ben walking straight into the river and over to the other side!
It was then we realised the water wasn't actually all that deep, but we still didn't want to get our only pair of shoes for the next three days soaked with river water....
Luckily for us Ben stepped up as the hero and carried all of us and our packs across the river to safety! (All at different times of course, or that really would have been impressive.....)
|Ben our Hero!!|
|Camp for night 1|
|Games in the Pub|
This was all setting us up for the biggest adventure of all, designing and building our own tarp shelters that we were to sleep in that night. We also had to cook our dinner and breakfast over a fire that we had to build and maintain using our learnt knowledge.
|Rachel making fire|
We split off into groups and decided on our tarp designs: Ben + Marc = Tipi, Beth + Emily B= open wedge, Rachel + Claire + me = two wedges facing each other and closing off the gap.
These all looked so good so far, but we were still anxious to see if they would hold out over night.
Next we came together and built a fire as a group, then took up cooking roles. Some did the chopping, whilst other collected fire wood, and some were fire masters that kept it alive.
So we set off on a walk that would be 'Less that an hour' (Josh's famous last words), and eventually returned 2.5 hours later at about 11:45pm when we all wriggled into out homemade shelters and snuggled down for the night in our sleeping bags (or 2 sleeping bags, or even 3...).
|Camp for night 2|
There was only a little patter of rain, and no-one got wet! However the wind was pretty strong and, although the girls didn't feel it in their shelters that were lower to the ground, the boys Tipi apparently rattled around a bit and they didn't get the best nights sleep worrying if the shelter would blow away or not!
Even so we all arose ready for the day and refueled on bacon and egg butties made on another fire.
After this we packed away all out shelters and had session leader training. We then split into groups and held small shelter building sessions for the rest of the team. Then we looked at fires again and how we can teach kids about playing with fire the correct way, and how they can cook on it with our help.
|Shelter Building session leading|
It was a great experience to have and I am so happy to have achieved camping out in our own shelters successfully!
All that is left to do now is prep for our D of E Gold practice expedition we are embarking on on Monday....
Wish us luck!
Check back with us next week to see how that all pans out.