It’s been another busy week at Arthog Outreach where, I have delivered bushcraft, canoeing and climbing sessions to for Years 3, 5 and 6.
Canoeing on the River Severn (Cressage to Buildwas)
Two lovey days paddling on the River Severn between Cressage and Buildwas exploring the wildlife and simply having a lovely time floating down the river with a year 5 & 6 group. We discussed the history of the River Severn and looked at river features and it wasn’t too long before the group were moving the boat to go down the ‘V’ on the little rapids they encountered. Another popular activity was doughnuts, the tram have to spin the bot as many times as possible in a set time and our record was 7 in one minute – how many can you do?
Canoeing at Simpsons Pool
Working with a Year 3 Group today so after providing a few basic skills we played compass, relay races, stand up paddling and fishing for the caravan( a new game to me and a very popular one too). It was great to see the young people having fun and learning a new skill too.
Bushcraft & Tracking
Sometimes your session just goes so well that it takes your breath away and my tracking and bushcraft session with a Year 3 group was one of those today! We discovered badger & deer tracks and followed them through the undergrowth. We identified trees and found materials to light a fire (cramp balls & birch bark). We then lit a fire using these materials to make hot chocolate and toast marshmallows.
According to the Year 3’s it was the best day ever – I know they took a vote on it and told me so. Happy days indeed.
Climbing at Grinshill
It was nice to run a climbing session today despite the rather damp conditions. At firs the group struggled with the climbing but as the rock dried and their confidence grew they were all climbing with ease. I was really pleased at how well the group looked after each other and focussed on their belaying. All the group left the crag grinning like Cheshire Cats at what they had achieved.