This week at Arthog Outreach has been pretty eventful and I have come away with a few learning points to make my sessions even better. Anyway this week, I have run bushcraft sessions, rock climbing sessions, and worked on a personal development programme for some students with specific learning needs.
Bushcraft After School Club
For this session, I was asked to run a fire master class for a mixed year group. A quick introduction and it was time to show a range of ways to make fire, sparks, friction. chemical and electrical. Then the young people had a go and then choosing their preferred method to get a fire going.
No one wanted to go home and everything went away feeling proud at what they learnt and achieved. A fantastic session according to all concerned.
Climbing At Grinshill
Another lovely day climbing in the sun at Grinshill with lots of laughter and getting to the top of the climb achieved.
Canoeing at Simpsons Pool
A cracking day in the water with a Year 3/ 4 group in rafted canoes. The session started with instructors in the rafts but then after lunch the teams were let loose on their own and there was much laughter as they completed various tasks.
Year 2 Jamboree Coalbrookdale
I was part of team leading a woodland exploration as part of a Year 2 Jamboree. During the exploration the young people had a go at pond dipping, shelter building and bushcraft. I was responsible for the most popular activity – bushcraft but as I was toasting marsh mallows I think I had a slight advantage.
Personal Development Programmes
Friday, was quite a tough day as I was running two separate programmes for people with learning difficulties and or physical needs. It was hard work but extremely rewarding as you could see the young people push their boundaries and gain confidence as the activities progressed. According to the staff and young people both activities were absolutely fabulous and they really enjoyed themselves which is rather nice way to end the week.