No two weeks at Arthog Outreach are the same and this week, I was involved in canoeing, woodland exploration, caving and indoor climbing and a great four days it was too.
Canoeing at Simpsons Pool
A lovely session with some Year 6’s who really got to grips with the core canoe strokes and were soon moving the boats with ease. We played quite a few games to enforce the learning and perhaps their favourite games was ‘Oh No We’ve Been Sunk’. A lovely day on the water with much laughter and smiling faces.
I seem to have a good reputation for working with Year 1 & 2’s so on Wednesday it was off to the woods to go on Bear Hunt. Along the way we slid down steep muddy banks, splashed in streams, walked through long grass and tumbled down grassy slopes. I’m not sure who had the most fun but there was lots of laughter all round.
Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
Ogof Llanymynech is a great venue to introduce young people to the sport. It has crawls and squeezes to suit all levels of ability. During todays trip we talked about the history of the cave and how it has been mined through the ages. We also visited Fiveways Chamber and the ‘Puddle of Truth’ needless to say most of the cavers got wet!!
This was the second climbing session with this group and due to inclement weather I opted to use the centre’s indoor climbing wall. We started the session with a quick video on the fundamental skills and then it was on to the wall. After a quick recap, it wasn’t too long before the group were taking responsibility for route selection, tying on belaying and safety checks which was great to see. A lovely session which was finished off with a quick game of Shark Attack which caused much amusement.