Following on from a rather wet activity camp in Buxton, I was working for my friends at Class Adventure as a team leader on a three day activity camp in Buxton for a group of year 7’s. Over the three days we hoped to introduce the young people to the following activities:
- Campcraft (menu planning, pitching tents and camp cooking);
- Climbing / Weaselling at Windgather;
- Raft Building; and
- Adventure trekking.
On the first day, with the group arriving around midday much of the time was getting the tents erected, menu planning and then shopping for the that nights evening meal. My group opted for a vegetable stir fry with chocolate cake and fresh melon to finish off with and all came back for seconds / thirds so they must have been hungry or it was very tasty!!
On the second day, the group got stuck into climbing and weaselling at Windgather (scrambling and squeezing through holes in the rock) which proved to be quite popular so much so that they preferred it to climbing. Then, it was time to pop over to Erwood Reservoir for a spot of raft building and I pleased to say that my team won the rafting challenges with ease and were very pleased that they had designed and built a raft that didn’t fall apart. With this phase of the activity complete, it was time to head off to Ilam Hall which was to be our accommodation for the night. To end a near perfect day, we filled the evening with a mini Olympics competition and much fun was had by all.
For the final day we went on an Adventure Trek and passing the stepping stones and then taking in the summit of Thorpe Cloud before returning back to Ilam Hall for the group to depart. I hadn’t walked in this area of the Peak District before and I have to confess that I was somewhat in awe of this area and intend to visit again for further exploration.
This was a truly fantastic course working with a great bunch of instructors and school staff and a motivated group of young people.