Instructing for Arthog Outreach

Grinshill summit – looking at the toposcope.

What a week at Arthog Outreach! This week, I was running my usual environmental sessions, climbing at Grinshill and canoeing on the River Severn.

Environmental Sessions
This would be the final week for Class 10 and what a cracker to finish on. Their topic for this term was the Anglo Saxons so we finished off with a session on Anglo Saxon cooking. The young found the materials to light a fire, prepared the firewood and then set about making and cooking bushcraft bread and popcorn. The young really enjoyed this session and they all left with smiles on their faces.

Climbing at Grinshill
Although a small group, this group took their time to get into climbing as they all struggled with their ‘fear of heights’. However, with a little encouragement and in the right environment ‘Challenge By Choice’  they all climbed to new heights and were very proud of their achievements. As we had a little time at the end of the session we headed up to the summit to see the view and a hot chocolate. None wanted to go back so a job well done in my opinion.

Canoeing on the River Severn
I opted for a trip to Shrewsbury to explore the options for future activity here. The group really enjoyed the canoeing, skimming stones, races and team challenges. The highlight for most was the singing which can be seen by clicking here. A mighty fine day on the water with everyone wanting to do more.

 

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CHMAS – Bushcraft Weekend

Small scale debris shelters in progress with yours truly giving a helping hand.
Photo – Courtesy of H Farley SWT

Last weekend, CHMAS was running a bushcraft weekend for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and a mighty fine weekend it was too!

Over the two days the young people got stuck into the following activities:

  • Shelter making (tarps & natural shelters);
  • Safe tool use (knife & saw);
  • Fire lighting techniques;
  • Fire challenges;
  • Carving (tent pegs and mallets);
  • Game preparation (trout);
  • Camp fire cooking – damper bread, popcorn & trout; and
  • Foraging & natural navigation.

It was a lovely two days with exceptional feedback and I look forward to working with this group again in the future. If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for your group then please take a look at our bushcraft page to find out more.

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Working For Arthog Outreach

This week at Arthog Outreach was simply a cracker!  I was leading my usual Environmental Session, climbing at Grinshill and a Canoe Trip on the River Severn.

Environmental Session
This was the third week of a four week block for the Class 10 and in preparation of the Anglo Saxon cooking session, we had a little fire lighting session, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. All the teams managed to light a fire and keep it going for 5 minutes as part of the fire challenge. As a reward we made some popcorn which was quickly devoured.

Climbing At Grinshill
This proved to be quite a nervous group despite the initial bravado! However, after a little encouragement, in a Challenge by Choice Environment’ all achieved great heights and left the crag happy with their achievements.

The chase is on – canoeing on the River Severn.

Canoeing on the River Severn
Despite early complications, we did a manage a canoe trip on the River Severn but in Shrewsbury, which the group thoroughly enjoyed. A little bit of upstream travel to a little beach for a spot of skimming stones and then a gentle paddle back with a few challenges (singing songs, head shoulders, knees and toes & stand up paddling). The group were reluctant to get off the water with all wanting to do more so a job well done in my opinion.

 

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CHMAS – Canoe Trips on the River Severn

Last week CHMAS was running a few canoe trips on the River Severn for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and a mighty fine series of canoe trips it was too.

A happy team at the end of their canoe expedition

5 Day Canoe Expedition
This was an adult trip on the River Severn as part of the Love Your Magnificent Severn initiative. starting in Pool Quay and finishing at Upper Arley in glorious sunshine throughout.

The group carried all their equipment camping at the Royal Hill, The Isle, Atcham and Ironbridge as they made their way down the River general having a thoroughly good time and recording wildlife on the way.

The feedback from the trip was excellent so a job well done in my opinion.

Youth team just setting off on Day 2

Guided Canoe Trips
We also run two guided canoe trips for the younger paddlers as part of the Growing Confidence Initiative. The first trip was from Shrewsbury to Atcham and the second trip was from Atcham to Dressage. We have had terrific feedback from these trips so another job well done in my opinion.

If you would like CHMAS to run these trips for you and your group then please do get in touch.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

Climbing to new heights

A rather nice week at Arthog Outreach running my normal Environmental Session and then a spot of climbing at Grinshill what’s not to like.

Environmental Session
Week 2 of a 4 week block so we looked at foraging (medicine, edible and poisonous plants) and then a quiz to check out the retained knowledge with everyone keen to get the top mark. Then we recapped on fire lighting techniques and then made some pop corn to finish off the session.

Climbing At Grinshill
A rather nice session climbing at Grinshill with a quite a nervous group of Year 5’s. The first climb was a little tentative but once they realised they had control of their destiny by a ‘Challenge by Choice’ environment they all reached new heights. I was particularly pleased by how well they supported each other and looked after each other when swopping roles during the peer group belaying.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for you and your group then please take a look at our Group Activities. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Activity Days At The Adventure Ropes Course

Crate Stack Challenge In Progress

Last week, I had a lovely two days working at the Adventure Ropes Course as part of a local school’s activity week. Over the two days, the teams got stuck into the following activities:

  • Abseiling;
  • Adventure Tunnels;
  • Archery;
  • Climbing;
  • Crate Stack Challenge;
  • Giant Swing;
  • High Al-A-Board;
  • Jacobs Ladder;
  • Leap of Faith;
  • Parachute Simulator; and
  • Sky Dive – definitely not for the faint hearted!

The group had a lovely time and there was much laughter and smiley faces as the teams got stuck into the challenges, all in a ‘Challenge By Choice’ environment.

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An Afternoon At The Adventure Ropes Course

High on the Giant Swing

On Saturday, I was working for the Adventure Ropes Course in Shrewsbury and a mighty fine afternoon it was too. We were running a session for the ATC group. During their time with us the group got stuck into the following activities:

Adventure Tunnels;
Crate Stack Challenge;
Giant Swing;
High-Al-A-Board; and
Parachute Simulator.

There was much laughter as the teams got stuck in to their challenges and everyone left feeling proud of what they had achieved.

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Working for Arthog Outreach

Climbing to new heights

Working for Arthog Outreach is always fun and this week was no different. I was involved in the delivery of my weekly environmental session, climbing and canoeing sessions.

Climbing at Grinshill
This was an end of year treat for a Year 6 group and they all did very well indeed. It was a slow start to the session as one or two were a little nervous but after they shock off the first climb nerves almost everyone completed 4 routes. The group were rightly proud of their achievements and they left the rocks grinning like Cheshire Cats all wanting to do more.

Environmental Sessions
This was the start of a new four week block for a group of Year 4’s who were looking at the Anglo Saxons. To kick the session off, we looked at Anglo Saxon weaponry and had a spear throwing competition  (distance and accuracy). There was much laughter all round and one young person managed to throw the spear in excess of 1o metres.

The Ironbridge from the River Severn

Canoeing on the River Severn
Working with a Year 5 group we set off to canoe on the River Severn to canoe between Buildwas and Ironbridge. Due the water levels, I opted for rafted canoes and their was much laughter as we tried to paddle upstream, across the current, complete 360 spins and of course paddling backwards. With the canoe familiarisation sorted we then paddled off in to the sunshine to see the Ironbridge, which everyone was impressed to see from the river. The paddle back against the current, was best described as brutal, but everyone was really impressed with their achievement and the group told me it was the best day ever. A job well done in my opinion!

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CHMAS – Canoe Session

Earlier in the week CHMAS was providing a canoes session for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and a lovely day on the water it turned out to be too.

Stand up paddling action

Unfortunately, the wind decided to put in an appearance, which nictitated a change of plan. We made rafted canoes and headed off into the wind, playing a few games to get to grips with the fundamental canoe strokes. A firm favourite was ‘Fruit Salad’ and stand up paddling before we landed at the top of the lake for a bush craft challenge.

Bushcraft Challenge

The bush craft challenge was to make a small scale debris shelter, which everyone enjoyed and they were keen to talk about their chosen design. We also did a little foraging and we found some Wood Sorrel, which with its appley taste was eaten with great gusto.

With the wind behind, the rafts were dismantled and we made good progress back to the shore for a few wet games and there was lots of laughter all round as they thoroughly soaked.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for your group, then please take a look here to find out more.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

AIt’s been a cracking week at Arthog Outreach where I was involved in running bushcraft and canoe sessions.

Bushcraft bread in the making

Environmental Sessions
The topic for this term is the Anglo Saxons and for the final session for this group of Year 4 students we looked at campfire cooking.  The teams were split into three (wood choppers, bread makers and pop corn makers and everyone took their role very seriously indeed and as a reward for their efforts they had lots of lovely popcorn and bushcraft bread. The school staff we had on session was so impressed by what the children had achieved that she asked for the Class Teacher and Head Teacher to come over and see what they had done. A job well done in my opinion.

Canoeing at Simpsons Pool
Two very different sessions this week. The first was an end of year treat for a group of Yea5 5’s and the second was part of a ‘girl empowerment’ programme for a group of Year 4 students. The Year 5’s really enjoyed the canoeing and took great delight in giving me a good soaking in the water fight. It never ceases to amaze me how fast and how well they can steer the boat when the chase is on! My year 4 group found the canoeing a little challenging but with a bit of stealth and cunning they slowly picked up the fundamental skills and they all left grinning like Cheshire Cats and feeling proud of their achievements.

Another lovely week and I’m looking forward to more after the half term break.

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