Last week my sessions for Arthog Outreach were bushcraft, caving and canoeing and all three sessions were very enjoyable indeed
This is the forth and day of a multi day programme for this group of Year 5’s and they chose bushcraft for their final activity. We wandered through the woods, visiting the disused limekilns, natural springs, a cave before having lunch at a secret shelter. The young people were simply in awe at what they found and were soon asking all sorts of questions about our environment. As special treat for the last session we collected wood and toasted marsh mallows which was enjoyed by all. Our final part of the day involved tracking and we followed some fresh deer prints and we were rewarded with seeing a small herd of deer.
Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
Working with secondary school children for this session which is always fun. The group were very keen to explore all of the cave so we squeezed though the nutcracker to visit Burial Chamber and the Belfry and then on to Fiveways Chamber. The group were still keen to do more so we visited the Mandible Chamber for a few challenges. I was particular impressed by the teamwork shown by this group and how keen they were to navigate around in the cave.
Canoeing At Simpsons Pool
As part of their instructor development programme, all instructors are expected to deliver a mentored sessions and I was particularly pleased to be assigned to watch Jamie deliver a series of canoe sessions as part of his ongoing development. The group had a whale of a time of the water in rafted canoes and it was great to see the session being adapted for the particular needs of the group.