The middle week of October was a busy week for me with Arthog Outreach that saw me involved with the following activities.
Hill walking on the Wrekin
A pleasant day out with a great bunch of Year 5’s looking at the autumnal flora and fauna and sampling sweet chestnuts and elderberries. The view from the top of the Wrekin was impressive and prompted quite a bit of discussion about the natural man made development that we could see.
Perhaps the highlight of the walk was being allowed to splosh around in muddy paddles and then being hosed down back at the centre to clean the mud of the waterproofs.
Providing an introductory bushcraft session of a group of students on a BTEC course. We looked at using the fundamental bushcraft tools (knife & saw) and then used them to cut and split wood with one group even producing a mallet which they were very proud of. Then the group were introduced to several ways of making a fire before being set the challenge of lighting a fire to toast a few marshmallows. I always fascinates me that no matter what the age group this is one of the most popular activities.
A great day out in the woods and I look forward to developing these skills later in the year.
Climbing at Grinshill
This ahs to be one of the wettest climbing sessions that I have run!! However, despite the wet weather all of the Year 3 Group completed the climb and wanted to do more. Unfortunately, the rain became more torrential and I was left with no choice but to abort the exploration at Grinshill and returned to the centre for a bit of bouldering and a low ropes challenge which was enjoyed by all.
Another great week and I have to confess I’m really enjoying myself in my new outdoor educator role.